Since H2O2 kills normal tissue as well as diseased tissue, I question the use of H2O2 douches for bacterial vaginosis.
FINALLY! I just keep saying it! Finding this information has saved my womanhood! I'll share my story with you.
10 years ago I experienced BV once and I was automatically disgusted. I was freaked out and went to my GYNO and he said "No need to worry, this is actually common for some women." So now that that panic was over, he prescribed me a course of Flagyl and gave me the usual rules like "only cotton underwear" and "make sure to eat yogurt everyday". I was fine, and BV free for years. I have been dating my boyfriend for about 2 years now, and ladies this stud is perfect, but it is clear my bacteria does not like him. My BV came back full force and I feel like I experience it every single time we have sex, and now it is there after my period! It is so embarrassing and it takes away the fun of having an awesome sexual relationship. I am always pretending my period lasts longer than it does, or just pretend to be too tired to have sex. And I tried EVERYTHING: multiple doses of antibiotics, changing my diet to include no bread, attempting to eat yogurt everyday, drink plenty of water, using bv inserts, cleaning with vaginal wipes throughout the day. The antibiotics worked but then BV would make its comeback a month later. So I decided to finally do some research and used Hydrogen Peroxide with water. And IT WORKS!!!
I first tried a douche. My mom works in GYN and she taught me from an early age "NEVER DOUCHE! " but I was desperate. I emptied the douche contents and filled it with 1/2 3%HP and 1/2 distilled water. I got in the tub and found the most awkward position and held the HP/water solution in for about 2 mins. Only discomfort I experienced was the burning on the outside from it being so raw. About 5 hours after that, I used a soaked tampon and kept it in for a half an hour. And NO SMELL, NO DISCHARGE, NO DISCOMFORT. I felt cleaner than I ever had before. I even had sex that night and it was glorious! My womanhood is back and it feels great to feel sexy again!
So I plan on using these soaked tampons after sex and after my period. I have also started to drink a glass of Kefir everyday to maintain the healthy bacteria. Thanks to whoever made this page and I hope this helps other BV strugglers.
I has struggled with BV for many years, countless Dr. visits and prescriptions. Nothing worked. I used the 50/50 douche HP & distilled water every day for about a week. I also wore a tampon dipped in HP for about 30 minutes every other day. I highly recommend organic coconut oil, has natural antibodies and moisturizes - lightly applied externally. After my initial treatment, I now only use the coconut oil and apply HP externally as needed, usually right before or right after my period. Might be more in my head but I'd rather not take the chance. :) This might seem like a weird tip but grooming and ensuring you're dry after a shower and before dressing helps. Loose clothing & go panty free as often as you can.
I got BV from sex with a new boyfriend about 3-4 months ago, the only symptom I get noticeably is the fishy odor. Ive tried everything under the sun, hp was my last resort because it just sounded so scary to me. I tried 2 nights ago mixing 2 caps of hp and 2 caps of water it instantly got rid of the smell but came back. I tried the next day with 5:2 ratio of hp to water and it seemed to last longer I did it a few times during the day and this morning I woke to no smell, ive done it twice so far today and im hoping this will really cure it and work. FINGERS CROSSED. But yes if you are looking for an immediate relief HP does it, but I think you have to do it a good number of days to keep it away.
Two Words: It worked! Douching with 3% peroxide and 1/3 water works. I love my vagina again. No smell. 'Im only on day two but the results are magnificent! Just one question. What type of probiotics should I take?
Hydrogen peroxide for bacterial vaginosis - I really recommend this method.
Antibiotics - work, but makes you feel sick and I had a recurrence shortly after.
Probiotics (probably), but not immediately. I didn't have the patience to wait.
Some gels especially for BV - only some instant relieve of the symptoms - further not much change.
I wish I would have known about Hydrogen Peroxide from the start, but unfortunatelly you have to google a lot to find out such a simple cure. After only 3 days of treatment, as described here, and BV is completely gone. Now back to happy and confident - ME :)
New York, Ny
Hydrogen peroxide actually works—AND has less significant (in my opinion) side effects than metronidazole. Being a huge nerd, I needed to research this cure before I tried it, and I found out that this is 62.5% effective after ONE 3-minute douching as 4 tablets of metronidazole. Imagine what a few days of treatment will do!
I found this study on the US National Library of medicine's website. Read what it has to say about hydrogen peroxide! (Here's a link to the study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3458956/)
We identified two non-controlled clinical trials that we excluded from this review [15, 16], and one randomised triple-blinded controlled trial in which the efficacy of vaginal hydrogen peroxide instillation in curing BV was assessed .
In a very well-designed triple-blinded randomised controlled trial, Chaithongwongwatthana et al. investigated the effectiveness and safety of a single hydrogen peroxide vaginal douche in treating bacterial vaginosis . In this study, 142 patients with BV were enrolled in a Thai outpatient gynaecologic clinic. Diagnosis was made according to Amsel's criteria. Randomisation relied on computer-generated random number scheme and both subjects and investigators were blinded to treatment. In addition double dummies were used to ensure blinding. In the experimental treatment arm patients (n = 72) were treated with a single douche with 20 ml of a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution in lithotomy position for 3 minutes, whereas in the control arm patients (n = 70) received 4 tablets of 500 mg metronidazole. The dummy treatments consisted of a vaginal douche with clean water in the metronidazole group and of identical placebo tablets similar to the metronidazole tablets in the hydrogen peroxide group. Follow-up was performed at 2 weeks following treatment. Cure was defined as the absence of at least 3 Amsel criteria. Assessors were blinded for the treatment allocation. The cure rates were 62.5% in the hydrogen peroxide group and 78.6% in the metronidazole group (see Table 1). Patients in the metronidazole group had significantly more gastrointestinal side effects (48.6% versus 13.9%, p < 0.001), whereas patients in the hydrogen peroxide group had significantly more mild vaginal irritation (33.3% versus 14.3%, p = 0.008).
That Also Don't Matter
Ladies, I've struggled on and off for years with this and I have tried ALOT of remedies including acv(douche and drinking), baking soda, molkosan, Epsom salt, herbs, vitamins, femdophilus, yogurt, probiotics, borax, bv capsules, coconut oil, etc and some worked to varying degrees depending on how bad the infection was but the only thing that works is to dramatically diet change, cut out the processed and the sugars and carbs...
Also I'll tell you a secret I wish I knew all along... Hydrogen peroxide!!! Use as a douche or rinse it wet a tampon. Odor is gone immeadiatly, no matter how bad your infection is. So cheap, and a Godsend. I dont really have an infection now, been free for maybe 6 months after a mild one . Diet changes really helped there, now all I do is eaty healthy about 1/2 the time and eat yogurt weekly, then rinse with the peroxide anytime I feel I have an odor. Not even a fishy odor (its not that bad) just an off odor. Odor goes immediatly and stays gone for days. So really all you need is a healthy diet and perioxide. Save yourself some money. Trust me I tried everything out there, even making my own suppositories . Perioxide and a good diet is the way to go. My BV will come back if I go back to eating a lot of junk and sugar for too long.
I have had Bv for a couple of months, and have only realised that it actually is bv. Before going to the gyn I have decided to do the tampon hydrogen peroxide method. I've been doing it for 2 nights now, the first night was half HP half water solution, and left me feeling quite dry, but very little odour, I tried it again last night, but this time full HP solution. I did it just before bed, and fell asleep with it in by accident for 4 hours.. when I took it out, the inside of my vagina was swollen and felt a bit of discomfort, today, my vagina has been excreting a watery discharge that is a little yellow in colour, but no swollen discomfort or strong odour. Should I stop this method or keep trying? I only want to leave in the tampon for 20-30 minutes but last night was an accident
This method really works definitely try it before going to the doctors if you for sure that its BV. I got bv from having unprotected sex with a new sex partner. I went to the dr she confirmed thts what it was and started me on antibiotics. The antibiotics took the smell and discharge away immediately. The third day on them I had sex again and he kept sliding the condom off (smh after I told him I got BV from having unprotected sex with him). So I still had four days left of antibiotics. A week after the antibiotics were over and my oeriod came and went (period only last 3days) the BV came back. I got so frustrated. So I called my dr and couldnt get an appt for about 2 wks. There was no way I was walking around smelling that horrible smell. So I started looking for ither methods. I came across bv cream and probiotics and purchased them both. The cream only took the smell away for two days (claimed three). So then I came across HP and immediately went to target and purchased it.
So on Saturday I started the tampon method. I soaked it in a tampon with the plastic applicator for a few minutes and inserted for 30 minutes. I did tht twice..... would u believe no smell or discharge all night and morning. BUT it came back but the smell was minor and the discharge was little to none. I did this for 3 days but withing 16 hrs the minor stench and discharge would return. So I did the douche method on the fourth day... IT FINISHED THE JOB immediately. I did it before I took my shower on the 4th and 5th day and I will do it for the last day today to make 7 days for treatment.. no discharge or odor since day 4. And I had sex on day 5 and no smell AT ALL ...i also inserted a bv cream as well to keep the freshness. If u havent tried it PLEASE DO IMMEDIATELY IT WORKS.
North York, On
I was looking for a treatment for BV, and stumbled onto this site. And I must say, that I am so glad to have found. I'm in my 2nd trimester and haven't been reading as clean as I normally would not pregnant. Doctor diagnosed me with BV a few weeks ago. Didn't know u had it until yesterday, from the fish smell and itchy swollen vulva.So, I didn't want to take any more (after 1dose that didn't work) medications that would pass thru to the baby.
Found this site and got so excited that I did not fully read the douche instructions for Hydrogen peroxide. I did 30ml full strength in about 5 minutes standing up. Yes there was a slight sting afterwards for about a minute. But once that was over, I had Immediate relief. No itching, no smell just relief.
Now my second treatment will be tomorrow morning with half/half. I only wear cotton undies and go bare during sleep. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this information. Will let you all know how I feel in the morning. Baby is fine moving her normal amount. No camping or out of ordinary sensations. Screaming Thank you, all of you for sharing your experiences!!!!
I have recurrent bv and have tried pretty much everything except the boric acid. Nothing worked. Went to three different doctors and they all kept prescribing the same thing ... 7 days Flagg/metranidazole and clindamyckn for the yeast infection that would surely follow. I explained over and over again that the antibiotics only provided temporary relief. Two months max. They didn't offer any other solutions. I took matters into my own hands and started doing one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) and one part water. Such a relief after the first time. After three days No odor, no discharge, no itch. I started taking a probiotic 8 days ago, hopefully they will help keep the situation at bay.
This is so great. I've had BV off and on for the past...years and years really but only in the past few months have I gotten serious about figuring out a solution that does not include antibiotics. I did lots of things before the hydrogen peroxide douche:
8 glasses of water/day (at least)
no fast food/processed food (meals from scratch)
greek yogurt (probiotics)
...At this point, things started to get better. But the itchiness and slight odor lingered.
1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water in a douche 1-2x per week
I guess I see this as an ongoing solution - not a permanent fix. I'm married and sex is a regular part of my life - sperm is also one of the triggers for my BV. Like other women, the relief was almost instant. Compared to regular doses of antibiotics, I'm totally good with something I can manage without medical help.
I am so excited. I have suffered with BV my entire life on and off. Recently remarried and had to do something. After using Hydrogen peroxide for a mouthwash, I wondered could it be used for the vagina. I searched online and stumbled across this website. Used for the first time last night. I diluted mine half water and half peroxide. The itch on the outer parts stopped almost immediately and slept peacefully for the first time in many nights. Did another rinse this morning and will be doing the tampon method this afternoon. Excited to finally feel so good. Nothing else has worked so far. Thanks for all the comments and for sharing.
Five words - IT WORKS.....but NOT alone.
I've had BV on/off about 7-8 times a year for almost 5 years now. I've always taken Metronidazole(which gives me a yeast infection so I finish the week off with Diflucan) but this last time I took it, it did not work. I knew I had to do more research. So I did. I found that I just eat too much sugar. I feed the bad bacteria every single time I eat because I'm always eating bad foods. I hate home cooked food, fruits and veggies. Well, that has to change for it to go away so last month I did a SERIOUS cleanse. I'm tired of smelling like fish and I'm tired of not being able to comfortably have sex with my boyfriend.
I went out and bought a douche, hydrogen peroxide (3%) and some tampons. I douched for 3 days straight with half hydrogen peroxide and half water. I didn't hold it in - I just douched standing up. On the third day however, before I douched I soaked a tampon for about 5 mins in the solution and inserted it for 15 mins, THEN douched. Just to kill all the rest of the bacteria. Smell was gone on the FIRST day but my hoohah was irritated for the whole 3 days due to the hydrogen peroxide. NOTE: THIS WORKED THE SECOND TIME I DID IT, NOT THE FIRST.
The FIRST time I did not change my diet. It was filled with fast food, cookies, cakes, ice cream, pizza, pasta, burgers, quesadillas, and every bar menu food you can think of. No fruits or veggies, no whole foods. Guess what, it didn't work! SO I did research and learned that BV is simply too much bad bacteria. Bad foods = bad bacteria. So the second time around I cleaned up my diet. I ate only eggs, meat, veggies and fruit that I bought and prepared for an entire week (it was hell) and did the HP cleanse for 3 days again. Guess what? IT WORKED! I also took a probiotic everyday to encourage the good bacteria to grow. I still take it every morning now just to keep BV away since I can't keep my diet ALL the way clean 100% of the time. But I've been free of BV about a month now. Even after exercising everyday, sex with my boyfriend(omg its so much better when it's not funky), and my period.
Go for it! But clean your diet up too! Otherwise you'll just be wasting your time.