Bacterial Vaginosis
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Vitamin C Supplements for BV

Apr 26, 2017

Vitamin C is a simple and vitamin supplement that can be used to heal bacterial vaginosis. Vitamin C is available in many forms in your pharmacy, larger grocery stores and online. Vitamin C strengthens your immune system so that it can fight infections. Vitamin C is an easy home remedy for bacterial vaginosis.

Vitamin C can be used two ways for BV - intravaginally or orally.

How Do I Use Vitamin C Intravaginally for BV?

500 mg tablets of vitamin c with rosehips are a popular form for using intravaginally. One tablet can be inserted into the vagina at bedtime. Often relief is found overnight. You may need to do this several nights in a row. You may wish to repeat this treatment once a week, once the problem is under control, to prevent a relapse. If this treatment is irritating to you, consider just taking vitamin C internally. If tender skin becomes irritated by this treatment, apply coconut oil to relieve the irritation. Coconut Oil also has antibacterial properties.

What Kind of Vitamin C should I Take Orally for Bacterial Vaginosis?

An excellent form of vitamin c to take is sodium ascorbate. You can buy sodium ascorbate powder and mix it into water. Our you can make your own by mixing ascorbic acid and sodium bicarbonate.

How Do I Make Sodium Ascorbate for BV?

  • 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • Mix these into the bottom of a small cup and add 2-4 ounces of water. Don't use a small cup as the ascorbic acid and baking soda will react together and could overflow (the same way soda pop can.)

How Much Vitamin C Should I Take for Bacterial Vaginosis?

The above recipe will give you a little more than 1 gram of vitamin C each time you make it. At first try this twice a day. If your system tolerates it well, take it more often. You can even double the amount you take at once.

Your body will tell you when you have had too much vitamin C. You will begin to get loose stools. (This is why you start with less and increase slowly!) When you begin to get loose stools, back off your dose just a bit. Then you will be taking the maximum amount your body can tolerate AND giving your body plenty of vitamin C to fight infection.

This form of vitamin C is also useful because it is not as acidic a form as the ascorbic acid. Because bacterial vaginosis is often connected to a pH imbalance, it is best to take supplements that help your body to stay properly alkalized.

Have you tried a vitamin C supplement for bacterial vaginosis? Please be sure to let us know how it worked for you! Continue reading to see how vitamin C supplements have helped our readers!

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Posted by Homeremedythatworks (Mo) on 12/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Being a holiday weekend- no dr offices open :/ Just got off my period which tends to throw my body off every few mths... so I was desperate amd came online to look up any home remedy!!!! I read alot of reviews on the Vitamin C w Rosehip insertion vagionally- sooo I went to the locals pharmacy and they had these pills (not chewables because they contain sugar or sweetners- NOT a bright idea) sooo got the 1000mg (I read review for both and either is completely ok and I was desperate lol) sooo I got them and inserted.... 5 hrs later- already signs of relief!!!!!! I'm estatic that not only does this mean I don't have to have my embarassing vag appointments but its a quick easy fix....its all about our Ph balance ...I hope this helps someone because I'm completely tossed through a hoop on this!!! Instead of the pills we will get from our drs :/

Posted by Jiriji (Australia) on 08/09/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the Vitamin C cure last week. I inserted one 1000mcg vit c pill into my vagina and kept it in place overnight with a tampon sprayed with olive oil.

It worked fantastically well! Instant cure and no more unpleasant odour!

I have decided to do this once a week as a preventative measure. The only change I have made is to wear underwear with a pantyliner because the dissolving pill can cause orange staining the next day.

I can't believe this works so well and am ecstatic with the result. I feel clean again!

Posted by A.D. (Sacramento, Ca) on 07/05/2015
1 out of 5 stars


I just want to talk about the vitamin c with rose hips. I've tried it and omg there has been the odor coming from my private that just wont stop it smells like a diaper uggh ive went through two packs of panty liners in three days its so embarrassing and im just stuck in the house cause once I start walking around the smell begans. Just be careful and do more research. I've dealt with bv for about 6 yrs and I'm about ready to put a bomb lol up there and call it a day I hate this and I won't have sex with my husband he's very understanding. But its not fair. Tread lightly ladies.

Replied by Lucy

I read somewhere that vit c for people with active BV infection will aggravate it..maybe something to look into...from own experience-I had mild urinary infection so I thought I should take high dose of vit c..omg...never again..I had to take uti antibiotic to get rid of it..was like a fuel for a fire.

Replied by Specialk

I read - Treatment Left untreated BV goes away on it's own 30% of the time. There are prescription products which are antibiotic based (oral pills or vaginal creams) which restore bacterial balance. Or you can use BUFFERED or Ester vitamin C 500-1000mg (regular Vit. C will BURN) inserted vaginally one at night for 1-5 nights (experiment, sometimes if it is mild one night will treat.) You will get a watery discharge each day following treatment, so wear a pad.

Posted by Kiera (Port Arthur, Texas) on 06/19/2015
5 out of 5 stars

So the first time I ever got bv was my freshman year in college; 4 years ago and it was so painful I could barely walk, and it smelled horribly. I was given antibiotics by the school's clinic which cleared it up in 2 days. Unfortunately its been reoccurring very frequently and ive tried everything from prescription creams to Apple cidar vinegar. My ph levels are always unbalanced whether I have sex with the same partner over and over or not. Luckily, every occurrence since then has been mild with just a mild order that worsens during sex and discharge ive been able to mask me doing the day but its definitely noticeable during sex. I was getting so frustrated but yesterday I read a blog of someone who tried vitamin c with rosehip pills and inserted them inside of her vag and theyd seemed to work and pretty quickly so today I sought out these pills but was unable to find the pills which included rosehip from any local store so I just tried the vitamin c pills alone 1000 mg. They worked!!! At first my vag was a bit irritable but probably because the mg count was a bit high I recommend starting with 250-500mg to avoid the 2-3 hour irritation. However, 13 hrs later, the order is gone and I haven't had foul discharge all day. Normally I can stick my finger up there and would get white discharge on my finger and a collectible amount underneath my fingernail but nope, nada! Im so glad ive finally found something that works because reoccurring bv surely knows how to make you miserable, loose confidence, and run up your clinical bills and visits. Lol

Replied by Kimberly Jot
Durham Nc

So were you able to tolerate the discomfort of the pill far as it being a big dosage did it burn or what?

Replied by Cleangirl

My strategy: a dash of crushed garlic in warm water in douche in the morning. Afternoon another douche but with peroxide in water. I go in bathroom and do it. If not home in insert the vitamine c tablet early. Then douche with the peroxide water when I get home. Other wise, in afternoon through night a vitamine c pill crushed inside in vagina. Also take one vitamine c pill by mouth during the day. This is at least 4 days of this. I am also taking folic acid pill again. I am wearing clean panty liners regularly to catch it coming out, also wiping down with baby wipe coated with tea tree essential oil, to kill any on top of vagina. I'm also buying metronidozile at wholesale online in case I don't feel like all this. I'm hypersensitive to smell, got a strong nose and even a faint scent of it I can smell.

When I stopped taking my vitamins it came back.

Back to taking vitamine b12, d, vitamine c, mageniusm, folic acid, and adding a Garlic pill next week.

Ladies before u have sex, while ur man down good with a little bit or apple cyber vinegar and water. No soap. Also do not let him ejaculate in u. Things in his sperm can go u bv. Trust me, I kept track of when I got mine. It was right after unprotected sex with a new partner and during that time I stopped taking vitamines. I never got it with my daughter dad cause he always let me wipe him down and he never did his thing in me. When he finally did, guess what, I got bv. I realized certain allergy to foods in sperm can give u bv. He eats a lot of meat and meat his toxins...etc. yet my x who are no red meat and ate very healthy, u never got bv after with him. He also cleaned his private areas twice a day and with healthy product, all natural soaps...etc.

Please stop taking baths they give it to u to. Stand up wash ur body carefully avoiding soap on vagina.

Watch your vagIna with apple cyder vinegar water.

Apple cyder vinegar and garlic is your best friend.

Replied by Anonyme

I can't imagine asking that new guy I met if I can wipe his most precious part with apple cider vinegar. I find it quite hilarious actually, I'm sure it's a great idea but may sounds kind of weird to some men.

Replied by Specialk

You will have to get a vitamin C pill that your vagina can tolerate. I hear reg. vit C will burn. Also, you have to find a way to keep the insert in place. I use Vit C 1000 Mg with Rose Hip orally and Vit c 500 mg for my vagina once a week. Works for me. Before I started, both me and my partner were treated with Metro gel/Flagyl and we didn't have sex until two weeks after completing treatment. So far, so good. you can use BUFFERED or Ester vitamin C 500-1000mg (regular Vit. C will BURN) inserted vaginally one at night for 1-5 nights (experiment, sometimes if it is mild one night will treat.) You will get a watery discharge each day following treatment, so wear a pad.

Posted by Hellothere (Ny) on 06/06/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've been a BV sufferer for a while but the vitamin c does work! But it will burn horribly if you place it in/near your labia. You must push it all the way up into your vagina! I do it at night and wear a panty liner. I take a tablet and bite it into little pieces like a little bit bigger than sesame seed size and put it in an applicator (it's ok if you don't have one, use your finger) squat down in the shower and open yourself and place it in there. If you feel any burning take it out because it'll feel horrible!

Posted by Justjes (California) on 03/18/2015
5 out of 5 stars

For BV, use Vitamin c with rosehips. Don't get the the chewable one. I got the 500mg and inserted one at night, literally the next day I could tell the difference. Total game changer. Don't overdo it or it could burn a little from the citric acid. Do just one, once a day. Two days and it was gone.

Replied by Charissa

How did you use the rosehips? They are kind of hard.

Posted by Erin (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/16/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have had recurring BV after certain men. I am certain that it is the pH in their semen that throws me off and caused my pH to rise causing BV. I just read online that inserting a vitamin C with rosehips (500mg) tablet deep up into the vagina would help. I had the slight scent of bv coming on so I did that last night and now it smells perfect! Slight irritation when the vitamin discharge leaked out but in the morning it was nice and moist up there and the fishy smell never even got a chance to develope. there was a slight graininess due to the vitamin dissolving in the vagina but I think this may be a nice, mild preventative method. I will be doing this a few times a week and after I have sex. Good luck ladies!

Posted by D.m. (Orlando, Fl) on 02/16/2013
5 out of 5 stars

After a round of antibiotics in October to treat my strep throat, I came down with BV. I have never had any issues like this before and so it was incredibly frustrating and embarrassing. The gynecologist prescribed me Clindamycin cream which is another antibiotic that you put inside your vagina. If an antibiotic CAUSED this problem, why would I use an antibiotic to treat it?? Also, the side effects were scary. There have been no studies on whether or not it causes cancer or effects fertility either. So I decided against using it. I spent a few days on the computer looking up remedies and cures and found several posts about vitamin C being used as a cure. Canada and European countries have a prescription vitamin C suppository on the market for treatment of BV, but of course you can't get it in America. So what I did was run over to my nearest health foods store and buy empty capsules and a vitamin c powder and I made my own suppositories! I read that you are to use around 250mg at night for 4 to 5 nights. So before bed I would insert one capsule and it would dissolve while I slept. I IMMEDIATELY noticed a difference. No odor, weird color discharge or itch the next morning. I kept it up for the full 5 days and I have been BV free for the past 4 months. I am so happy that I didn't end up being one of the women who struggled with this for years! If it ever comes back, I know just what to do!

Replied by Melissa

After using the vit c were you back to having sex? Or like almost everything else the smell just comes right back?

Posted by Reba (Raleigh, NC) on 12/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin C is working for me! I have been dealing with BV for over a year and I was starting to lose hope.. I have tried EVERYTHING.. Tea tree oil tampons, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide tampons, hydrogen peroxide douches (in every dilution imaginable, w/ and w/o tea trea and/or lavender oil), ACV douche, ACV sitz bath, probiotic vag suppositories, coconut oil and tea tree oil vag suppositories, folic acid, vitamin b, vitamin d, homeopathic bv capsules... I'm sure I'm forgetting something.. Anyway, I was pretty much to the point that I wanted to give up and just stop caring. But last night I saw the posts here about using vitamin C vaginally.. And it worked! I have not felt this "fresh, " for this long, in MONTHS. For the past few months my routine has been to douche with 4 oz of hydrogen peroxide, 6 oz of distilled water and tea tree and/or lavender oils (the amount depended on how I was feeling (smelling) that day. Usually that would work for an hour or so, but the smell and discharge would come back throughout the day.

This morning, all I did was insert half of a 500mg tablet of vitamin C (make sure it has no sugar or other fillers, and make sure it is just vitamin C) into my vagina before I left for work. I used a little jojoba oil and a drop of TTO to coat it. There was a lot of discharge for a few hours, and then it subsided, and now I smell like myself again! That was 11 hours ago and there is no trace of that fishy odor or gross discharge! I feel amazing! I'm going to continue with all the vitamins* indefinitely and the vitamin C for two weeks every night before bed, and will report back!

*For those who are interested, here's the details about my current vitamin regimine:
-prenatal vitamin
-super b complex (includes 150mg vitamin c, 400mcg folic acid)
-800mcg folic acid
-a complete probiotic capsule (contains 5 billion active cells)
-a homeopathic BV capsule
-5000 IU's of vitamin D3 (I use the liquid kind that has to be refrigerated)
-I make sure to consume some coconut oil every day (on toast, in a capsule, or used in cooking - yum! ) I don't know if it's helping with the BV specifically, but it's something I recently started doing so I thought it was worth mentioning!
-I try and watch my sugar intake! (not very well lately! Holidays and all! )
-No Soap! I used to use baby shampoo to wash my lady parts, but no more. Now I just use my hand with warm water, or diluted hydrogen peroxide, or ACV if I'm feeling especially "not so fresh."

I hope this helps someone!

Posted by Friend From Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) on 06/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After trying pretty much everything, I bought pure vitamin c powder (no additives) and empty veg capsules from the health food store. made my own suppositories filling each capsule with approx 250 mg of vit c powder. inserted a capsule in the morning and one before bed. supplemented this with probiotics (reuteri and rhamanous).

I have been odour free for 8 days now. Starting to reduce the capsule inserts to once a day and then down to 3 a week. Try it. the vit c acidifies the vagina and the probiotics repopulate the good bacteria which thrive in acidic environments.

Posted by Darya (Edgewood, Maryland) on 05/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to let you know all of you ladies who suffer from BV that there's natural, safe and effective remedy with no side effects! I've been dealing with BV for 6 months, antibiotics didn't work for me. I came across this product available in Canada and Europe, which is basically an ascorbic acid. I decided to give it a go and tried using plain vitamin C tablets. I picked up Vitamin C 255 mg in a tablet form and used it as a suppository overnight for the next 2 weeks. When I finished the treatment I was BV free.

Vitamin C is proven to restore vaginal PH level. It needs to be at least 250 mg used over the course of at least 6 days (can be repeated). It's been 2 months and my BV hasn't returned. Give it a try!

Posted by Friend (Toronto, Ontario) on 10/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Tried 1/2 a vitamin c pill last night, vaginally. It worked for me. By the morning I was odor free. Put another one in at noon. Will keep you posted.

Posted by Lovelyone_nat (Westland, Mi , Usa) on 12/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin C works very well for BV and there are studies from doctors done in iran that prove it. I was desperate and figured "hey ive done all the metrogel and clindamycin why not something that solves the root of the problem?"

*at first I used a cheap target brand with a bunch of fillers and cut a 500mg pill in half-i ended up with a yeast infection. SO THEN I WENT TO THE VITAMIN STORE AND GOT 250MG TABLETS THERE. About $4. 00 Worked like a charm! The burning and yellowish discharge finally went away for BV. I started with inserting 250mg two times a day for 10 days, and for the next 20 I think im going to do it once a day. Just to be sure im acidified enough for the good bacteria to grow/the bad ones to die. Warning-may irritate BV infected tissues at first. It stung at first but I kept up with treatment anyway. Vitamin E oil helps to soothe the area.

Replied by Jayne
1 out of 5 stars

I tried half of a vitamin pill. I inserted it as far as I could.. I then tried to go to sleep. When I turned over to my side I was hit with the worst pain EVER. My word the burn was intense. I was screaming. I was seriously screaming on the bathroom floor with a cold rag on my lady parts. Trying to push it out. Ouch...

Posted by Jeff (Pawtucket, Ri) on 12/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin C cured my wifes' bacterial vaginosis. She used 250mg of ascorbic acid by breaking off 1/4 of a 1000mg caplet and using it as a suppository. Within one day the odor was gone. She plans on continuing this for a week or so to make sure it's gone.

Posted by ZZ (Fairfax, Virginia) on 06/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cure Bacterial Vaginosis or Candida:

After days of suffering and going to the doctor (I got antibiotics and Diflucan, which didn't seem to help at all) I was really pleased to find this site. Inserting 2 acidolphilus pills and taking 2 capsules of oil of oregano / day helped, but I still felt sick and very uncomfortable! I was also taking supplements to boost my immune system, like zinc and deodorized garlic pills and echinacea, but I still felt horrible. What finally seems to be helping the most is drinking more vitamin C and actually eating garlic in my food (instead of just taking it in supplement form.) I'm also going to try ginger and a little bit of raw unprocessed honey. If your immune system isn't up to speed, the other things won't work, and in some cases you might need to actually eat and drink differently in order to help it, instead of just taking supplements!

Also, for me, coconut oil relieves pain or itching temporarily when it is applied topically.