By now you are probably well aware that antibiotics are not the most helpful bacterial vaginosis treatment. Antibiotics work to get rid of BV for a time, but it is common for BV to reoccur. Please see my bacterial vaginosis and antibiotics article if you are unsure how antibiotics can cause chronic BV. It is possible for antibiotics to successfully treat the condition the first time, and some women are lucky enough to experience that. However, it is not the norm and most women tend to experience BV multiple times (see results of the current poll on sidebar).
Our bodies react to medicine and natural treatments differently. The following is a list of alternative treatments that have been submitted by this blog’s readers that have worked for them. Also, there are at-home treatment programs created by past vaginosis sufferers which give detailed instructions on how to get rid of BV. This includes prevention, natural treatments-including many home remedies, a diet plan (what foods to eat and what to avoid) and much more. So much time and research has been put into these books that they do come with a small price, but it may be worth it to stop the chronic cycle. I have reviewed the top three BV treatment programs here, or just click here to go to my favorite.
Here are some readers’ suggestions to get rid of BV (or at least reduce your symptoms):
- Boric Acid – Ask you doctor about prescribing you pills that can be inserted vaginally. Typically the capsules are 500 mg, cost around $10 and usually are inserted daily for a couple weeks (or whatever your doctor recommends.)
- A probiotic pill from Renew Life called Ultimate Flora Vaginal Support is consistently getting good reviews.
- Garlic contains a natural antibiotic known as Allistatin. It is best to incorporate garlic into your daily diet by crushing up as much as 1 bulb of garlic. Try to consume garlic while fighting BV as it also contains many vitamins, minerals, and other anti-fungal properties.
- Try to eat foods with beta-carotene (which the body will produce into Vitamin A) as well as other foods enriched with Vitamins C and E.
- Some have said that eating spinach helped them to reduce their BV symptoms, or have even helped them get rid of it. You can just buy it frozen and then steam it.
- Yogurt is debatable as to how much it actually helps with BV symptoms. You see, yogurt naturally has the beneficial bacteria known as lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is also found inside your vagina and helps regulate bacterium levels. However the dairy lactobacillus is not the same strain of bacteria found in your vagina. See WebMD for more information. Nevertheless, many women will tell you that eating yogurt helped them to reduce their symptoms. You may try eating yogurt anyway, it is a healthy and tasty snack that definitely won’t hurt your condition.
- A very good short term solution are RepHresh Vaginal Gels. These will help regulate the pH (acidity) of your vagina. These can be found at your local drug store (Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, etc.) but are usually cheapest here on Amazon.
- Cranberry juice is the best juice to drink while fighting BV.
- vH Essentials Long Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer and time release vaginal inserts are getting really good reviews for treating bacterial vaginosis symptoms. The vaginal inserts work very well and they are usually easiest to find at Walgreens.
- Some women have mentioned using probiotics and supplements such as Acidophilus or Folic Acid
pills. I’ve linked to some on Amazon, but they can also be found at your local GNC store. One that is specifically made for vaginal conditions is known as Femdophilus. Femdophilus is getting great reviews on Amazon.
- Another reader’s recommended treatment is Liquid Olive Leaf Extract. A very small dosage of olive leaf extract daily was used to get rid of BV symptoms.
- One of my favorite supplements is known as Femanol. It contains nearly all of the natural treatments and ingredients listed above in one power packed supplement pill. Click here to review or purchase femanol. It is best known for its power to get rid of the awful “fishy” smell that often is associated with BV.
Hopefully one or more of these natural treatments will work for you so that you can kick the chronic BV/antibiotics cycle. Please feel free to add more of your own home remedies in the comments below. Good luck!