I suffered from bv a long time. I found that hydrogen peroxide and distilled water used as a vaginal flush/soak helped. Mix the two 50/50 and use a douche bottle, fill canal let soak for 5 mins, empty and repeat til gone. 4 oz should be good. Also a betadine rise is helpful as well. Make sure your wiping front to back!
I have suffered with recurrent BV for about one year. Last night I tried the 50/50 3% hydrogen peroxide and purified water mix in a douche and I have noticed a change already... No more malodor, thanx for your advice ladies
Ladies, If you are here, you are struggling with a cure, so PLEASE give this a shot! I struggled for 20 plus years with medications and have spent countless $$ trying to "cure" BV... I saw a post about the 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide tampon method and was AMAZED!
Thank you to all the wonderful women who shared this simple, cheap and most importantly EFFECTIVE treatment.
I suffered from BV from the ages of 20-25. It was the most embarrassing humiliating thing I have EVER gone through. One day frustrated and at my wits end I started crying sitting on my bathroom floor and I once again began randomly googling in hopes to find a cure. I purchased an e-book by Elena Peterson and I seriously owe her my life! One of the tips that has helped me tremendously is mixing a small amount(about half an inch) of hydrogen peroxide with purified water in a clean empty douche bottle. This will kill all of the bad bacteria without killing the good bacteria. I do this twice a day of I have time and doing this was almost an instant cure. BUY HER BOOK!! It was hands down the best 30 something dollars Ive EVER EVER spent. I was lucky to find the cure in this book. You do not have to live with BV!!! Buy the book and learn the cure that will give you your confidence and happiness back!!!
Hydrogen peroxide works! I found several articles on Pubmed that this works, so even the medical community agrees. Generally speaking, you mix water with H202 and douch once or twice a day for a few days to a week. (Some people use more or less H202 for more or less time. ) You must make sure that when you douch the H202 is washing the whole inside of the vagina otherwise it won't work.
I use 2 Tablespoons of H202 mixed with water and douche twice a day for a week. Here is the TMI part, I douch with plain warm water first to loosen the adherent stuff. Sometimes I even swirl inside with my finger to get it out. Then I mix the 2 T H202 with about half a cup of water, douche it in and then hold it in for a minute. I probably should get a real douch bag, but currently I reuse a disposable one. Since it does not squirt up, I have to go upside down. To make sure its working, I go upside down in either a bridge pose or a modified head or shoulder stand. After about a minute, I drain. (I also rinse the outside off with the diluted H202 mixture. ) I know it sounds crazy, and I'm sure there is an easier way, but it does work, and I am relieved to have found a solution that does not involve trips to the doctor and antibiotics. The BV may recur, but at least their is a cure. Good Luck.
This remedy absolutely works! I was doing 2 tbsp for 7 days, but I couldnt do it on the 4th night. I had severe bv and it caused me painful sex. Ever since starting the whole peroxide thing, it absolutely does not hurt anymore. The only thing is that you should probably do it with the acidophillis or whatever it's called because you more than likely will incur a yeast infection.
Folic Acid, H2O2, Castor Oil, Pro Biotics:
Thanks for contributing to this thread. It's been of great help to me of late. I'm a 48 yo living in New Zealand. Since my last caesarean section ten years ago I've had constant UTI, Candida & and BV problems. Sometimes I don't think I realised that I had BV as there was no itching or burning as such, and it would only become apparent after beig treated for UTI, then getting anti fingal creams as I was left still with a vaginal itch. On top of this I feel I have systemic candida due to all the antibiotics for UTI's as I get repeated thrush after those, and my GP tried Diflucan one tabs but I think Candida became resistant due to them. It doesn't matter how clean I am, I still get UTI's and I was recently referred for a cystoscopy after seeing a urologist so that is coming up for me in a few weeks time.
I have had these problems since my last caesarean and it was pointed out to me that I had bad adhesions between the uterus and the bladder that had formed after the first caesarean (I've had two). Over the past 2-3 years due to constant use of antibiotics, this has took a toll of my gut, wiping out all the good bacteria, and no matter how I eat I suffer from abdominal distension and blaoting within minutes of eating a meal. I decided to tackle the problem that started all this of late, namely the frequent vaginal infections, and the UTI's. I was referred for a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy at the beginning of the year. The surgeon gave me a light scrape on the inside and then cleaned up the adhesions between bladder and uterus successfully. Post op the gynea said that my lower adominal organs were in good condition for my age and that there was no endometriosis or anything untoward other than those two things that he could rectify. I did have some alleviation of endometrial symptoms that I had had when he did that but still had the recurrent infections.
Recently I had to see my GP for BV as the symptoms were chronic itching on top of discharge, and this followed on from a really bad bladder infection where both legs became full of water retention. I suffered a few injuries in the muscles and tendons just walking around because my legs were so full of water. I started to take D Mannose for this which helped and I was able to stop taking Trimethoprim by taking D Mannose daily - it helped me to avoid infections of the UTI tract. (1 tsp per day of D Mannose powder in 8 oz of water - waited 30 minutes and then drink a larger glass of water to flush out bacteria). Initially I had to do that dose every two hours until I got on top of what was a bad bladder infection and then dropped to 1 TSP per day maintenance which has stopped me from gettinf further UTI's.
However, the most remarkable improvement for me as come in the past two weeks by doing the following:
50|50 of spring water (non chlorinated) with H2O2 - douches using a 10Ml syringe. The syringe is just large enough when fully inserted to fill the vagina. I then empty the contents slowly over a 30 minute period and let it flood up around the sides of the syringe. I then I lay there for 5 minutes with the solution inside and drain out after 5 minutes. (It helps to lie with youre hips on a pillow elevated above you're head and a sheet of plastic covered by a towel on you're bed or something). After draining I then repeat this process again. Then drain and then insert castor oil internally. In the evenings before bed I apply a castor oil pack over my bladder area and apply heat. I leave this on and sleep overnight with the pack on.
I do not insert pro biotic internally as I had a reaction to this and the solution burned me the first time I used that so I am taking x2 capsules of 40 billion pro biotics with acidophilus at every meal (thats 80 billion per meal and three meals per day making sure that I take it in the AM and PM) and I'm also taking:
800 mcg of folic acid twice daily
My multi Vitamin x2 daily
Vitamin E - 200 iu's twice daily
Vitamin C 1 gram twice daily
Magnesium 500 mg once daily (at bedtime)
I made sure that there was iodine, selenium, b6, b12, in my multi vitamin which I have doubled up on - all of the above has been done to boost my immune system and get on top
of the infections. I will probably drop my Vit E dose just prior to surgery and take it up once again a few days after that. Because I have been anemic for some time I take an iron tablet (scripted) along with one of my folic acid and vit c doses in the day.
I have also in recent days been squirting the H2O2 solution directly into my urethra and this has been giving me more results in terms of discomfort in THAT AREA. I'm currently waiting for a cystocopy at the end of October as I recently went for a urine flow test and the urologosgist said that my bladder is not emptying fast enough and approx 70 ML's is being left inside the bladder at the end of voiding. I went for pre op checks three days ago and the Doctor did a palp of my abs. She then did a slight thump over my bladder and it felt very tender, and this is where I started to do the packs, because for more or less a day after her doing this I felt very sore, and she had not particularly applied that much pressure. On the second night of doing castor oil packs on top of all the above and squirting H2o2 into my urethra as well as the douches (using the tip of the 10ml syringe to just ease into the urethra), I was lay in bed and felt a slight pop inside my abdomen somewhere deep inside. Almost like a cyst busting. Following this I have had a darkish brown and green discharge (like snot) - sorry for the description but I'm now kind of wondering if I did have a cyst in the urethra or somewhere in and around that area affectting my flow? The discharge was not you're typical BV discharge.
All I can say is:
Instant relief as soon as I inserted the first douche with H2O2!!! You should not be afraid to place this stuff in your vagina. It does NOT sting as I thought it would. The metrodinazol that the Doctor scripted when I went two weeks ago did not work and still left me with a chronic itch deep inside and when I used the douche - symptoms of itching subsided almost immediately! I thought to use castor oil to draw infection from deep in vaginal tissues. It seems ok internally and I had no problem. The only concern had was that it is regular pharmacy Castor Oil and not hexane free so I'm currently trying to track down a supply of hexane free Castor Oil and H2O2 here in NZ. Others may not need to do the castor oil - I only tried this because I knew I had a thickening of the urethra which could be felt inside my vagina by both the urologist and myself on self examination. I did think cyst and knew that Castor Oil had a drawing effect, so used that instictively and I think it has helped. Well I hope so!
I will still be going through with my cystocopy to check for interstitial cystitis, stones and other anomolies to rule that all out (or in as the case may be) and because I've suffered with UTI's all my life. One of my sisters has also had recurrent UTI's and had a urethral stretch two years ago and it cured her completely. So I'm about to have that done if my urethra is found to be narrow. Having had five children, (three by vaginal delivery) the urologist also said there could be a thickening in the urethra due to this and the only way to cure that is the stretch. But other than that I finally feel as if I am getting somewhere. I have also been taking detox baths with H2O2, Epsom Salts and pure Sea Salt over the past two days and I'm feeling heaps better in myself!
I usually get a dose of the runs shortly after taking these baths so I can tell they are working detox wise. LOL. I am so pleased that I have finally found some simple cures that I can use in the future when I have any problems. I was getting so tired of paying to see my GP and being given pharmaceutical drugs that don't work half the time or if they do leave you with yet another symptom.
All I can say is, if you have not tried this method because you were cringing at the thought of using hydrogen peroxide in your tender bits, make the solution up and then dab a little on your tongue and wait a few minutes... You will see that it does NOT burn. Even dab a little on the exterior or you're vagina and leave for a few minutes. You will then feel very confident in inserting a whole 10 ML's of that stuff into you're vaginal. Make sure you use exactly the same mix above (50|50 3% H2O2 and distilled of spring water - no chloride).
Brilliant stuff! My only other comment is you really need to be taking you're pro biotics internally in ALL cases (even if you decided to insert some vaginally) as you NEED to replace the friendly bacteria in you're gut as you will just re infect yourself with bad bacteria from the gut. I have been treating myself for two weeks in the above way and will be continuing this right up to my op and for two weeks following my op. I am doing this douche TWICE a day and no ill effects whatsoever. I continued to do this because of my other problems. I felt that the solution would penetrate vaginal tissues and reach the urethra that way also and other surrounding tissues because the vagina is very absorbent and women can supplement with estrogen this way transdermally. In the last day or so the tenderness over my bladder has subsided.
If you still need convincing that this stuff is better than antibiotics and pharmaceutical creams, then know that the bacteria in your vagina (lactobacillus and acidophilus) make hydrogen peroxide and squirt it on the bad bacteria to keep them from getting out of control. Your white blood cells also secrete this stuff to kill rogue blood cells. So this is a good all rounder if you have been on frequent courses of anti biotics and they have wiped all the good bacteria out of those places. It is a natural push.... The H2O2 will not kill good bacteria at the correct dilution. This is why this treatment works. I did a LOT of research before I put this stuff anywhere near myself and I can say with confidence that if you are persistent with this application twice per day as well as looking after yourself nutritionally and taking very high doses of pro biotics you will be a lot healthier. Even if you're BV comes back the following month, it is nothing to repeat the process for longer. We ALL need folic acid day in and day out... A lot of you are asking "How long do I need to do this for or take folic acid for?" Folic acid is needed indefinately if you have become deficient in such and are not eating the right foods to get enough in you're daily diet. You need this to keep homocysteine levels down and inflammation and to look after you're arteries and you're health anyway. Vitamin E and C along with Selenium will build you're immune system also to prevent future infections from coming back. Make sure that you take the natural vitamins not the synthetic versions. Once you are on top of you're BV then buy a good natural multi vitamin and ensure that it as at least 400 mcg of Folic Acid in to be taken daily.
I learned that the reason we keep getting so many infections back is most definitely because of the diet and vitamin deficiency. Your immune system is not working at its best. Cutting sugar will also help. Also I would like to advise that women look at the research being done into Xylitol (sugar replacement) and building immunity, killing rogue bacteria in the gut and healing tissue lining in the gut. I have done this due to gut disbiosis and feel far better. I'm using Xylitol daily in my drinks instead of sugar and that coupled with the D Mannose is keeping UTI's from even starting in the first place.
Thanks for all you're tips... I'm loving Earth Clinic right now and so happy that I found this place - it isn't all vodoo after all. Lol. I was pretty much able to figure out my own personal routine from your posts and would like to thank you all for that. I also hope that my post will help to give some women the courage to try the H2O2! White Swan
I have been fighting BV for years. My gyno told me I had it because I'm overweight. I have tried prescription after prescription to no avail. All the other websites state I have to get yet another prescription to keep it under control. I stumbled on this website and I read every comment. I was rather skeptical about douching. Have always been told not to. I tried 1/2 water 1/2 peroxide one morning just to see what would happen. That was 3 weeks ago and I have gotten my period during that time. Guess what! ? No smell! I am so excited. Thank you all for your honest and at home remedies. I will forever tell everyone I know about this site. It has saved my sanity.
i have had bv for 7 years and nothing worked, I already told my story here, I used H2020 in a tampon for 3 days and no more ODOR!!! I had to pinch myself, no fish smell? nothing the only thing I smelled was my perfume:))) I will keep on posting here to let you know how it went for the rest of the week, so far nothing, I was so happy I wanted to cry, I tried all the other remedies but this one worked so far:))) that god awful fish smell is obsolete and for 0. 99 cent a bottle u can not go wrong, Im serious try it, it may work for you!!! The only fish I want to smell is at the damn fish market, not between my legs!!!! Yay I feel sooooo clean:)))
I read about peroxide as a treatment for BV on this site and figured it was worth a try. It worked wonderfully!! Anyone thinking about trying this should give it a shot. One part peroxide to two parts water worked well for me and after one application there was no question it was working.
I started using the peroxide/water douche after several failed attempts with antibiotics, IT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING EVER. Fresh and Clean is all I can say. No problems after sex either. The rephresh was so temporary and didnt work nearly was well as I thought it would. I take 1 probiotic supplement by mouth and douch once at night with peroxide and I am as good as new. To be honest, I stopped douching ever night and only do it once a week because the effects are lasting but to stay safe I make sure I do it at least once a week. My gyn says no but what she's prescribing is costly and doesnt work. If the peroxide is not doing any harm, which is isnt, then why not. Its cost sufficient as well.
I too have been suffering from BV for about 2 years; everytime I'm diagnosed with it, my doctor prescribes me Flagyll and sends me on my way. The antibiotics helped for about 2 weeks, and then the discharge and malodor was back! I even changed my eating style because I was told it would help contain the problem, it did to a certain extent but not to my satisfaction. I found this website last night and after reading so many of the positive testimonials, I absolutely HAD to try this remedy. Needless to say IT WORKED! I havent felt this good down there in such a longgg time!
I used a ½ cup of bottled water and a ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide. I added both liquids to an EMPTY bottle of Summer's Eve douche (wash out the previous solution).
I showered as I would normally do, then I douched with the peroxide/water solution. It did feel a little weird, but I went to sleep that night feeling great. Woke up the next morning feeling so unbelievably fresh and DRY! I still have a slight discharge, but I'm going to do douche again tonight and one more time tomorrow night! I am very confident that the end result will be nothing less than great! :)
I've been suffering from BV for the past 2 years off and on. It has really been frustrating me! It started in 2009. The fishy ordor came first then the discharge. Ugh. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed w/ BV. A couple months later it was back. Now for past 2 years its been coming back. The doctor keep perscribing the same 2 medications and obviously they are not working! I did some research on home remedys. I got tired of going 2 the doctors to just get prescribed the same meds that dont work! I was losing hope. I was letting this infection get me down! And my sex drive also went down. I couldnt let this infection control me and my sex life. I stumbled across 2 sites this site and another.org site and saw they did a study for hydrogen peroxide as a cure for BV. I saw the comments and how it worked for most other women. So I tried it(i dont like to try new things only if prescribed by DR. ).... IT WORKED! I AM SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED! I also use Pro B probiotic pills my doctor also recommended it. And its safe 2 say im CURED!!
Even though there were so many posts on here about hydrogen peroxide working to relieve the odor, pain and itching, I was still a little skeptical. We are all brainwashed by Big Medicine, I think. And we trust doctors not to steer us wrong, so when they throw antibiotics at every problem, we just take it, without question and without exploring other options. But the hydrogen peroxide worked! It worked the first night, and my problem was completely fixed by the next day. I will, however, keep using it. Just for those who are wondering how to use it, I soaked a tampon with one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts water and wore it for a couple hours. That's it! Very simple! The best part:
Doctors visit: Up to $150
Antibiotics: Nongeneric up to $50
Hydrogen peroxide: 52 cents
Beating the system: Priceless
I am so thrilled that is site is out there!! Dealing with this has been hard, expensive and mostly embarrassing!! Thank goodness you women are so brave to put it out there :) I tried the peroxide and.... It worked immediately! 2 hours with a peroxide soaked tampon and the smell was gone! I just soaked a plastic applicator type tampon (still intact) for 15 mins. And then inserted it for 2 hours. There was not even a hint of scent on it, more importantly in me!! 24 hours and still everything is good, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!