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Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis

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Posted by Melanie (Toronto, ON, CA) on 12/20/2008

i had a baby 6 months ago, and after that i guess that changed my vaginal flora. i didn't even know what all the discharge was until maybe 2 months ago. there was no itching, just the discharge and a fishy smell (most of the time it was pretty faint) i thought all of it was related to postpartum. anyway i was sick of wearing liners every day!! i researched it, and found out it was BV. i've never had bv in my life!! i decided to cure it naturally before going to my dr, and that's when i found earthclinic!! first i tried garlic pills to no avail. then, i tried acidophilus (2 billion) for a couple of weeks with the yogurt tampons. still did not work. then i tried the hydrogen peroxide solution douche(1/2 water, 1/2 h202). it only provided temporary relief... like a few hours. i decided to take the folic acid as well (1000mcg once perday). i didn't see any change, and was hugely disappointed since these remedies have worked for so many ppl. i was on and off the acidophilus and folic acid, but i maintained the h202 regime (douche every 1.5 days). well, it has PAID OFF!!! 2.5 weeks after i tried the douche and pills it WORKED!!! i don't need to wear a liner and i am smell free (for the past 3 days)!!! i improved very gradual at first, but then all of a sudden all the discharge disappeared!! JUST STICK WITH the H202!! it really works! THANKS Earthclinic!!

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

Question for all those with persistent bacterial vaginosis complaints:

Have any of you read up on SSKI and tried Dr. Wright's (Tahoma Clinic) recommendation of SSKI douches? That would probably be my first trial if I had the problem. A few days of SSKI would be much quicker than battling it for weeks, months & years. I also think if I had the problem I would make sure that any sexual partner I had used the same treatment at the same time I did to keep from being reinfected all the time. In most STD's, unless both partners are treated at the same time, the treated one just keeps getting it back from the untreated one, and I suspect that this is true whether the infection is gonorhea, syphilis, trichimonas, yeast (candida albicans), BV, LGV. AIDS, or others.

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Posted by Toni (Brunswick, Ga/Glynn) on 12/15/2008

Hello ladies, The same as everyone I have tried so, so many prescriptions from the doctor and nothing worked lasting a day doesn't count . I knew they thought I was crazy I have been having this discharge (white milky) no odor just excessive discharge I couldn't tell u the last time I had sex, I mean this at the time was really taken over my life, trust me when I say I tried EVERYTHING the only thing that seemed to work (now keep in mind out of everything I tried clindess spelling I know is wrong cleared up my discharge for only a day) HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WORKS I started using it yesterday morning I douche 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water it didn't burn that much just felt bubbly down there did not see a discharge all day was waiting for this morning that's when I have the most this morning I had a tad bit totally nothing compared to what it use to be, being that I have had this problem for almost 2 years so I figure its going to take more than 1 douche to get my flora back in order so I douche again today and took 1 fem dophilus pill but one thing I don't want to over do it with the peroxide how many times should I douche the or everyone is different but one thing I can say I feel like im on the road to some great healing.

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Posted by Kat (Daytona Beach, Fl) on 12/05/2008

The hydrogen peroxide douche worked for me! A bit of burning at first, but then it bubbled. I felt better after about 15 minutes.

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Posted by Maleasha (Baltimore, MD) on 11/24/2008

Peroxide worked for my BV odor. I came across this website after researching for many months on natural cures for BV. I knew I had it for about a month and went to the doc to get some relief. Surprisingly, they told me my test came back fine and that I was probably just having normal irritation. I couldn't believe it even after I told them of the foul odor that comes back a little while after showering. So on the hunt for my own cure I found you guys. I haven't had a chance to pick up the folic acid yet, but I wanted to try the peroxide out of curiousity. I mixed 1/4 cup of water with an equal amount of perioxde and then used a baby medicine dropper(was all I had) as a mini douche. As soon as I did it the first time it started to foam up which made me know infection was present. Well after I finished it all I waited. I instantly felt more fresh and 1hr, 2hrs, 3hrs later I was still fresh and no discharge. I couldn't believe it!!! It seemed to reappear later the next day slightly, but I think it was because I hadn't started the folic acid yet. Had slight burning feeling with the first douche but after a few seconds it wore off and I was fine. But ladies, yes...this stuff really works! thank you!

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Posted by CJ (Northville, MI) on 11/22/2008

Worked Temporarily

Ok...I have the same story as most of you (recurrent BV that meds only help temporarily) blah blah blah. Anyway, I found this website and the Hydrogen peroxide douche and it a miracle. Completely took all symptoms away immedietly. I was so relieved.
But then, just like with everything else, the BV would come back. Usually after a few weeks. I would then use the douche again (always for 7 days) and it would go away again. Ive been doing this for a few months. I noticed that a lot of times the BV seems to come back after my period. I then use the douche and its gone again for a few weeks. Now, however, the douche doesnt seem to be working as well. It will take away the smell but not the discharge and only for maybe a day. I am not through the 7 days yet so we'll see...

I recently started drinking a tbsp of apple cider vinegar because I heard it balances out your ph levels (among other things) and am wondering if that could be part of the problem???? Does anyone have any idea? I'm so desperate now that I started using a douche of maybe 75% hydrogen peroxide and 25% water. Hopeing that will help...

Replied by Tess
(Palm Beach, FL)

CJ, I really think any external remedies for BV are temporary fixes. We all need to work internally too with a healthy alkaline diet and supplements. I think some of us have gotten out of whack with our dietary choices myself included. It would be great if those of us with BV also tell EC what they've been eating. Perhaps we can find a BV culprit (example: dietary products with artificial sweeteners). Something has to be causing this terrible epidemic!!!

Replied by Lana
(Liberty County, TX)

Hi All - I've found that instead of using soap on my vaginal area, my normal hair conditioner (I buy the cheapo house brand in the gallon jug...) works wonders. It gently clears the area, and I haven't had a problem since.

Replied by Carole
(Ajax, ON)

Just wanted to comment on replenishing your natural bacteria into your body. Ladies after douching with the hydrogen peroxide go and buy "BIO K" in the health section of your grocery store. It is a yogurt which carries over 50 billion bacteria. I take half of the bottle daily and believe me it works for many things. It is very good for your bowels and builds your immune system. This also helps re establish your bacteria count that we need for the vagina.

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Posted by Lisa (Boise, Id) on 11/22/2008

Im confused in my research of this STD it is said not to Douch!

"BV is not completely understood by scientists, and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners.

The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:

Be abstinent.
Limit the number of sex partners.
Do not douche.
Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of BV, even if the signs and symptoms go away."

I want to try the remedy but am very scared.

Replied by Kate
(Brooklyn, Ny)

Lisa, I think when you see "Do not douche" on health websites like the one you cited, they are referring to the perfumed douches that are sold for cosmetic reasons. Those are definitely not good for the vaginal chemistry. But on this website people are using "douching" to describe the technique, which, as long as you are using the hydrogen peroxide solution, isn't harmful.

Replied by Smn
(Birmingham, Al)

Right, douching in and of itself is not harmful. What is harmful is what you douche with. Those commercial douches with perfumes and all that artificial stuff is what upsets your vaginal flora. Douching with hydrogen peroxide has really done wonders for me and a lot of other women.

Replied by Tigerlilie711
(Orlando, Fl)

First off Lisa, BV is not by any means an STD. It is not something your partner 'gives' to you. the bacteria that cause the infection already exist in your vagina. However, there is a delicate balance of 'good' bacteria to this 'bad' bacteria. Sometimes semen can cause your pH to be a bit off, which provides a great environment for the bad bacteria to flourish. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn't work for you, team it up with some vitamin D3, folic acid, and acidophilus. The D3 is linked to bacterial imbalance, the folic acid will work to kill off some of the bad bacteria, and the acidophilus is the same type of 'good' bacteria that already exist in your vagina.

You may need to play around with the amounts until you find what ratio is right for you. I use the tampon in peroxide, and take two, 1000IU D3's, one acidophilus, and 1000mg of folic acid daily. I find that when I forget to take them, my symptoms come back. I would suggest the peroxide douche, with only the 3%. If it causes discomfort (other than the bubbling, which is a good thing) switch to 3 parts peroxide to 1 part water, then to half and so on. I try to keep the solution in for at least 20 minutes, although I fell asleep laying down waiting for an hour once. Do it for at least a week, maybe twice a day if it is convenient. If the symptoms appear to be gone before then, still continue to use the hydrogen for the rest of the week. Keep taking the vitamins even after this week. I take them every day as I do not want a recurrence, besides it clears my skin, gives me more energy, and oddly enough improves my mood. If you have more questions, you can email me at, [email protected].

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Posted by Shelia (New York, New York) on 11/20/2008

ive been dealing with this foul smelling odor for about three months nver really knowing what it was. i went to the store a purchased cream to cure yeast infections, this didnt work, i purchased one of those home testers and found out i had something a little bit more than a yeast infection, BV. i was devasted and really didnt want to take antibiotics because i will get a yeast infection and that will be one more thing to deal with. I got on line an tried to find the most sensible home remedy. PEROXIDE> i decided to try it and ladies it really worked thus far. Yea there was a slight burning,itching sensation after wich completely stopped. i used a douch bottle filled half with peroxide and other half with warm water. held it inside for about 20-30 seconds and gave a real push. this morning, nothing, no smell, no discharge, nothing I am very pleased to say you too should try it. good luck.

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Posted by Kim (Sacramento, CA) on 10/29/2008

I, like many others, am grateful to have found this website. I've been suffering with an odor that is the worst smell I have ever smelt... (I don't like fish mainly because of the smell) I was prescribed antibiotics for this and of course it went away, but it came back so I was convinced that it was my IUD that had been inserted 3 years prior, so I had that removed and the odor still didn't go away. The obgyn told me that it wasn't the IUD, but never told me what it was. My doctor told me to eat yogurt, go figure. I like yogurt, but not that much. So now I've learned from many women like myself what this is BV. I thought something awful was wrong inside of me. So now I'll get to the point.... Today I went out and bought the HP and did the half and half mixture and douched. So now the wait. I hope this works for me as it has worked for many others. Thanks a million Earth Clinic and the women that were kind enough to share their remedies.

Replied by Cured
(Niceville, Fl)

That is very rare for a dr. to give you a home remedy like that. I did not know until today what was going on with me. All I knew was when symptoms started to occur I would eat yogurt. And NO, I do not like yogurt. Within a day to a few days my problem would be gone till next time. One small container was all I would have a day. I do plan to try HP or even both at the same time. From what I have read, it seems catching it early is key. Maybe for the more complex cases taking days or weeks to cure, the yogurt with the HP douch will help to reduce your recovery time.

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Posted by Ms. Anderson (St Loui, MO) on 10/28/2008

Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis

Like many of you I've battled with BV for a long time. I don't need to tell you what an embarrassing condition this is. I had to carry perfume with me to the bathroom at work to try to cover up the odor. I've tried antibiotics but it always seems to come back. So last night I decided to search online for a natural cure and came across this website. I was so excited about the feedback I decide to try the Hydrogen Peroxide right away. Ladies I woke up this morning feeling like a new woman and completely free of any odor. This was the best advice I have ever received! Thanks Ladies

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Posted by TG (RP, NJ) on 10/20/2008

how do you do this hydrogen peroxide douche? u just take the squirting bottle and fill it up with HP and water and just stick it up there.. shoot the solution and then it leaks back out? im confused. which way works better? the tampon soaked in HP or douching it?

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Posted by Tomika (Decatur, Georgia) on 09/03/2008

I have had BV reoccurrences for several years now, every time I went to the doctor they gave me the same medicine and yes it worked, (ONLY FOR A WHILE) then like always it would reoccur again. I have been so frustrated with going to the doctor with the same issue time and time again. This particular time around, I was like there has to be some type of home remedy I can do. So, I googled and yahooed and googled and THANK GOD I came across this site, I started to read all the comments and stories and praises, at first I was very skeptical and didn't really want to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and water douche. I was like 'there is no way it's that simple', and then I thought 'you can't put Hydrogen Peroxide inside of your vagina', then I was like 'what's the worst that can happen', besides after reading all the successful stories, I thought 'why not'. I went to my local 24 hr Kroger grocery store @ 12 am, yes 12 am, I was beyond tired of dealing with this problem. I purchased Hydrogen Peroxide 3% @ 50 cents a bottle and also some folic acid pills @ $4.50 a bottle. When I got home I mixed half warm water and half Hydrogen Peroxide together and inserted into my vagina while lying on my back. I did this twice and then a third time with just warm water, just to rinse myself. I then took 800 mg of the folic acid, 2 capsules of 400 mg. That was every bit of maybe 40 minutes ago, the Hydrogen Peroxide so far seems to have worked, and I sure hope so. I will keep you guys posted as to my results. I'm more than thankful for this site. Sincerely, extremely grateful and anxious female.

Replied by Angela
(Baltimore, Maryland)

I have been reading the comments from this site for three days before I finally decided to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and Folic Acid. I have been suffering from BV for 10 years on and off, so while waiting for one of my endless gyn appointments next week, I took 800 mcg of Folic Acid and after work I douched with half warm water and the hydrogen Peroxide. After douching, the discharge was non-existent and the itch and irritation cleared up. I didn't have a smell, so that wasn't an issue. I also douched again this morning and this time, I felt a little bit of a burn, but that subsided right away and there is still no discharge or itch. I will update everyone soon. Thanks for the advice everyone.

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Posted by TT (Atlanta, GA) on 08/31/2008

flushing with h2o2 and water cured my smelly vjajay! "flushing" (with a applicator from a metrogel)fill the applicator with 1/4 h202 3% and 3/4 water. tilt the applicator a bit as to not lose the doing the 'douche' as a "flush" youre able to get the mixture further in the vagina instead of merely the walls as with a traditional douche applicator. i take 800 mcg folic acid twice a day. one prenatal vitamin a day. killed the oodor immediately. sprinkle a little baking soda in your panty. good luck ladies. were all in the fight!

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Posted by Arlana (Taylorville, IL) on 08/28/2008

Hi, I am ACH, I think I have BV from the sounds of it...YEP! I have been fighting this for a month now and I have been on flagyl, metro gel, clindesse, bactrim, diflucan, all of it. I read your comments and tried the hydrogen peroxide douche for about 3 days and I am as red as a lobster on the external part of my that normal? Should I continue the hydrogen peroxide or stop, I read where a lady used iodine and water douche and I am just about ready to give up. The odor is still there but the discharge is gone, I don't know if it is because I am on so many meds right now that my body doesn't know if its healed or to produce more yeast...PLEASE HELP! Got any suggestions??

Replied by BB Kelley
(San Antonio, Texas)

Please stop douching!!! You are messing up your natural (good) bacteria in your vagina. Please see the folic acid and acidophilus cure. I bought and use Culturell (10 billion CFU) probiotics from Walgreens (ask the pharmacist because it is kept refridgerated); its a very good acidophilus (1 tablet orally per day); than I take 2 400mg of folic acid a day. When I tell you it works. I am so pleased with my results that I am singing earthclinc praises to all of my friends. Try it you will not be disappointed. Good Luck, BB

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Posted by Danielle (Northeast, IN) on 08/14/2008

I'm 30 yrs old. After a few weeks with a new sexual partner, I got my first case of BV. I was put on antibiotics for strep throat around the same time, and was hoping those would clear the BV as well. It got worse. The smell was awful, and nothing was helping. Never having BV or any STDs before, I was freaked out. After finding this site during an internet search, I decided to try the 1/2 hydrogen peroxide 1/2 water douche, along with acidophillus and folic acid supplements twice daily. I'm not sure how much the vitamins helped, but the H202/water douche eliminated my BV immediately. I was very nervous about using peroxide as a douche, but I'm so glad I tried it. The BV was literally gone completely by the next morning, without even a hint that there was a problem just hours earlier. THANK YOU SO MUCH! After being very discouraged by reading all the gyno prescribed treatments that do not work for people, this simple remedy was a Godsend. Thanks again to all the women who left comments about their positive experience. You encouraged me to try it, and it worked 100%.

Replied by Stephanie
(Louisville, United States)

i have had this bv thing for almost a year. i never new what it was till my boyfriend and i looked into it. it was ruining our sex life. i had no confidence and i wanted it to go away. it was driving me crazy!!!!! i just tried the hydrogen peroxcide, and i am praying that it works. i want this gone once and for all.

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Posted by E (New York, NY) on 08/12/2008

Well ladies, I'm here to testify about my experience using hydrogen peroxide to end BV and a yeast infection. My story: I became sexually active about a year ago. I began to have yeast infections and BV about a month after I became sexually active. Month after month, I went to the doctor and was prescribed flagly, gyconozole, and diflucan. These medications kept my infections at bay for about a month before they returned in full force. The medications affects began to wear off and I was getting the infections every two weeks. I began researching on my own, as it was painfully clear that the medications I was using did not have any valuable long term effects.

I read several websites like this and studies that suggested that Peroxide, of all things, was a viable remedy for vaginal infections.

I was always weary of douching, as the modern science community recommends avoiding docuhing. Desperate and tired of going back and forth to the doctor, I used peroxide after my last infection.

I mixed 3 tablespoons of 3% peroxide with 3 tablespoons of tap water into a small travel douche while in the shower. I then laid in the tub and inserted the mixture. I laid on the floor of the tub for about 2 minutes to allow the peroxide to foam up. When I stood up, I pushed the mixture out and the peroxide came out foamy.

The peroxide COMPLETELY cleared up my infections (both yeast and BV). I used it for 5 days in a row.

I don't know how often I have to douche to stop the infections from coming back.

I do know that I feel much better using peroxide rather than these ridiculous prescriptions given to me by my doctor. Contrary to the medications, peroxide promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your vagina. The medication destroys everything in your vagina, particularly antibiotics. This has serious consquences on your vagina's ability to rebalance itself. Peroxide is a much better alternative to not only killing harmful bacteria and yeast in the vagina, but it also helps the vagina rebalance itself.

Lack of balance is the root of the problem anyways. It is the lack of balance that allows bad bacteria and yeast to grow out of control.

In addition to douching with peroxide whenever I feel an infection coming on, I also take a probiotic and a multivitamin with 600mg of folic acid.

Good luck ladies,