Bacterial Vaginosis Home Treatments | Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment | Home Remedies

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment | Home Remedies

You should find comfort in knowing that treatments for bacterial vaginosis are typically fairly simple, and most are very effective. The key with using home remedies is that some will work for you, while others might not. Finding the ones that do work might be a trial and error process but is definitely recommended as part of your BV treatment plan. BV has been known to be a condition that can be recurrent as many women struggle with getting rid of it for good. If you find yourself going through multiple episodes of infection, it may have to due to your current treatment plan. Often the biggest cause for BV to become chronic is the use of antibiotics. Vaginosis occurs due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Antibiotics is no respecter of bacteria – meaning, your vagina has both good and bad bacteria, and antibiotics kills both kinds, which does get rid of BV and its symptoms temporarily. However, if the bad then grow back faster than the good, the condition will likely return. Unfortunately many women rely solely upon antibiotics to get rid of the infection. It may be possible to get rid of bacterial vaginosis solely relying upon home remedies (using even items you have around the house now), but perhaps the most effective technique of treating BV is using a combination of both.

While antibiotics are doing their thing, it is important that you implement home remedies that will help restore the natural vaginal flora. As i mentioned before, because our bodies are all very different, some home remedies might work and some might not. A few past bacterial vaginosis sufferers have done years of research on home remedy treatments and put all their research into e-books (downloadable pdf files) that are available for a small price. You may be able to find some home remedies online for free, including here, but to have an immediate resource with numerous remedies as well as diet recommendations, health risks, herbal treatments, prevention techniques, etc., may well be worth the price (which is typically less than a co-pay at the doctor). Click here to view the most popular e-book, alternatively, view my review of the 3 most downloaded home BV treatment e-book programs.

It is unfortunate that there are not many over the counter products to treat BV directly. However, Femanol is a dietary supplement that has become very popular because it works well to get rid of the foul odor of vaginosis, as well as providing other health benefits. It is also very good at restoring the natural lactobacilli that get wiped out from antibiotics. Some of it’s natural ingredients include lactobacillus acidophilus, garlic, enema bark extract, vitamin B-6, and zinc.

Sometimes the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can me confused for other vaginal infections. This is why it is very important to get your symptoms properly diagnosed before you take on a treatment program. Other infections that have similar symptoms are yeast infections and trichomoniasis. Even how intense your BV symptoms are will help to determine what treatment is right for you. For example, if you are suffering from mild symptoms, perhaps antibiotics might not be ideal since BV can reoccur worse than before.

What Antibiotics are Typically Used?

Antibiotics can either be taken orally or some are designed to be applied to the vagina. If you are given a cream, it is typically inserted using an application. It is done this way to make sure the correct dosage is given. The most popular antibiotic that is used is Metronidazole, but others include Clindamycin, Ceftriaxone, Tetracycline, and Ampicillin. Another antibiotic that is said to be effective in Europe is Tinidazole. It is currently being tested for use in the U.S. as a replacement for Metronidazole due to its lesser side effects. Clindamycin is not the ideal drug to be taken, as it has been linked to more serious side effects, including a severe intestinal condition.

What are Typical Home Remedies?

Tea tree oil, goldenseal and olive leaf extract, and garlic are popular home remedies for BV. Natural treatments have become very popular for treating BV, and while some may be skeptical, many women have testified of their effectiveness. In fact, a number of e-books, which are basically downloadable instructions of natural remedies for treating BV have been written and can be downloaded immediately. They do come with a small price, but the cost may be well worth the time you would save trying to find so many possible remedies as well as the cost of numerous doctor visits.

Even though it is typically the hardest to do (after all you can’t just take a pill and hope for the best), but changes in diet and activity can do wonders. Physical exercise and eating healthy foods will help to maintain good health and prevent BV from occurring. Also, it may be necessary to refrain from sexual activity for a time to reduce your symptoms.

Because a treatment program will depend of what type vaginal infection you have, be sure to read the bacterial vaginosis symptoms page and you may find this video from Dr. Oz on tips to avoid the gynecologist helpful. Make sure you get a proper diagnosis from a doctor if it is not obvious to you that you have bacterial vaginosis. Whatever you do, do not delay treatment, since unlike a yeast infection, bacteria vaginosis can lead to more serious complications.



127 Responses to “Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment | Home Remedies”

  1. Rhea Davis on August 11th, 2009 12:04 am

    I am a 29 year old that has been fighting bv for almost 2 years now. I found “Rephresh” which is an over the counter pill and gel. I’ve been taking the probiotic pill now for 28 days and it seems to have started working. I cant tell you how bad my sex life was affected by the bv coming back over and over as soon as I would get off of the metronidozole it would return this has been a life saver for me and I’m proud to say that my sex life is once again thriving!!!

  2. New Mommy on January 7th, 2010 2:51 pm

    I was diagnosed with BV in my first trimester of pregnancy. My drs did not and would not prescribe any antibiotic or medication until I gave birth. I appreciate their concern for my safety and that of my child. I was put on ‘bed rest’. I eat quite a bit of yogurt-plain, not flavored or sweetened (sugar is a big component for ‘bad’ bacterial growth) and it helped a bit, but not entirely. I did, however, just start a daily dose of Olive Leaf Extract for possible pneumonia. It cured my pneumonia and in the meanwhile, I think it cleared up my BV too! You never want to douche, I certainly don’t want to take antibiotics, so Olive Leaf is a wonderful option.

  3. Chrys on June 21st, 2010 7:09 pm

    BV is so frustrating. I have it recurring, I was diagnosed given an antibiotic.It kills both good and bad bacteria, so it’s a never ending cycle because it just keeps coming back. Every month on antibiotics is a real pain, having to time sex with your boyfriend is rediculous! I am in a committed relationship for four years now and have had no history of std’s, wear cotton, drink water and eat yogurt. This has to be the most aggrivating condition! I wish there was more to do than taking metronidazole to rid myself of this permanently.

  4. Tiffani on June 29th, 2010 9:03 am

    I have had BV alot since haveing a baby. I have been in a committed relationship for four years, and I think we are used to the mess. I saw an OTC med in Rite-Aid but was not sure if it worked. Going back and forth to the doctor every monthe is a pain!! Women have enough issues to deal with, we don’t need anymore

  5. lisa on August 19th, 2010 8:57 am

    Spinach spinach and more spinach. I’ve had an ongoing issue with this. I tried hygrogen peroxcide, yogurt, acidophylis (sorry don’t feel like spell check), acv, which one time I made the drastic mistake of drinking it and it made it worse, douching and garlic (I also keep this in my diet as well since it’s a natural antibiotic). Since I’ve been keeping spinach in my diet, I have not had it for about 4 months now. I used to get it faithfully towards the end of my monthly cycle. I would get a yeast infection from the antibiotics. I also had two uti’s (blueberries work way better for uti’s than cranberries) but anyway, it was a big circle of….mess. I noticed I was starting to get it and I ate spinach (frozen then steamed) for dinner and woke up and showered with dove unscented bar soap and by the afternoon there was no smell. It may take a day or two depending on how bad it is. I’m just saying I caught mine early. I’ve been married for almost 7 yrs and my husband was really understanding but it would still have me almost in tears from the frustration. I hope this works for many if not all of you.

  6. Sharon on September 6th, 2010 10:40 pm

    I’m 28 years old and have been having BV so often that I’m ashamed of going back to the doctor. I’m thinking of having some test done to confirm that there are no other altercations. I’m in a serious relationship and scared of BV ruining my sex life. There are some days I feel like crying coz I don’t know who to ask and what to do…I have tried everything and feel completely help…Any suggestions would really help.

  7. sam on September 10th, 2010 5:33 am

    my mother has been a nurse for over 30 years and she reccomended trichotine powder.It is a douching item and you can get it at your local pharmacy. I havent tried it yet but I am going to have to. I have the same problem as everybody on here and its so embarrassing. I dont even want to have sex at times because I am uncomfortable. I am a very clean person, my house car, and desk at work have to be cleaned EVERYDAY! And I take pride in having good hygene. But this BV really sucks and I pretty much have almost given up. Im just gonna try this trichotine powder and see what happens.

  8. robin varnes on September 13th, 2010 2:34 am

    i have bv.i keep getting it for the past 3yrs.i am so tierd of itthe ho remidies that are on line are not any good for me.i never use garlic in a day of my life and yogurt do’nt get me started on doctor told me i should use the azo yeast and i have been using it but now it came back again.i have the medication for it but my birth control reguarlates my period and i can’t use it,i am in alot of pain from bv wht 2 do.(yeah i have been married for 3yrs)

  9. Kristy on September 15th, 2010 11:18 am

    U can get the rephresh gels from walmart and it works but it’s kinda pricey and isn’t permanent.

  10. Kari on December 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm

    I have suffered w/BV for years. I have recently found this OTC suppository to work great.
    The trick for me was to insert at night and then on 3rd morning after use, GENTLE intercourse (gets that med worked into places it needs to be) and then again the following two mornings. Don’t know if it will last, but for the first time in years, I feel no symptoms.

  11. monyette on December 30th, 2010 12:07 am

    Ladies cranberry juice works and the drs will not tell you omg I was a the dr at least 2 or 3 timed a week I tried that cranberry juice the dr lost my files I think lol but you get instant relief oh and no thongs. Wear cotton undies .. I also noticed that I always get bv after sex semen triggers it and different soaps with perfumes and dyes use ivory or dove unsented

  12. Sue on January 18th, 2011 8:27 pm

    I’ve found that the rephresh gels are a good short term solution to the problem as well.

  13. tara on January 29th, 2011 12:41 pm

    I really hate bv. I found out that I had that and a yeast infection all the first time I made a trip to the gyno. Now theyre giving me this tube to put up there and I really cant do it. I dont know how else im gonna cure it but it really hurts to put some tube filled gel up there so now idk what to do…

  14. Kristen on April 2nd, 2011 3:05 pm

    Wow, I think i finally found the reason for all my troubles!!! I have gone everywhere for some Dx but no one could find a reason for all my symptoms, pain on urination, vaginal pain, itching, discharge. I just hope that when i get to the Dr this coming week that i have caught it in time, I have learned that BV can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PIV). Really Don’t want that!!!
    Im going to try the spinach, garlic, yogurt, and rephresh gel also. And see if those will work for a long term solution, don’t want to take any antibiotic unnecessarily.

  15. annonymous on April 4th, 2011 11:10 pm

    I think I may have bv. I just recently got a pap a couple of weeks ago and the doc said everything came back normal. I hate having to time sex right after a shower because that is the time it doesnt smell. I have been thinking about trying the product rephresh and was wondering if anyone has tried it and if it has worked for them? Please let me know thank you!

  16. renee on April 10th, 2011 7:39 pm

    i think i have bv i had it 4 quite some time & it’s really getting next 2 me i guess ill try some of these remedies & see how they work

  17. Jessica on April 20th, 2011 7:06 am

    Do not use any douches! I did and it just made it worse cit gets rid of all the good cells you have left. Maybe not all but most. Try more yogurt intake. I’m currently going through this so I’m in the process of trying to get rid of it.

  18. Beth on April 23rd, 2011 1:20 am

    I had recurring BV for months! Tried many things & this is what I found that finally seemed to have gotten rid of it:
    Every night for 2 weeks I vaginally inserted “Yeastaway” by Boiron. It contains Borax, which is what killed the bad bacteria causing the BV.
    Then, every night for 2 weeks I inserted a probiotic pill by Renew Life, called “Ultimate Flora vaginal support”. I also took one of these every day- still do!
    Last but not least, since I was getting the BV right after my period or from semen, I figured my PH was off down there, so I used another product called “Alkalete” by Yoli. This stuff is seriously amazing in helping to maintain healthy PH levels!! I took about 5 of them a day as well as inserted one vaginally right after my period.
    I am SO relieved to be free of BV & just wanted to share what worked for me. Hopefully this info is helpful to others! Best of luck.

  19. robin on June 6th, 2011 6:53 am

    I agree with the young lady about the spinach and also reading a website for bv natural remedy. I agree with the spinach due to bv has some relation of alkalinity. The Ph balance is off and there is something that causes it to become inbalanced. I am not a dr. I work in the health care field. I couldnt help but to respond. I too have come across this problem. I have been married for 19 years. I never had this problem before up until last year. I do know I am also a very clean person. So I think basically it is a cross between the spinach and using garlic pills. The use of those pills has a very high successful rate due to it’s antibacterial properties. I have taken garlic pills as a dietary supplement for a while now. There are myths with all such medicines. But whatever works for your body chemistry. I believe in the old fashion ways so my vote is between the spinach and garlic supplements. Best of Luck Guys.

  20. CINDY on June 21st, 2011 6:28 am

    I too suffer from VB for the last 6 years i dont know if any of you have the mirena (the vaginal birth control) but i read on another site that alot of woman that have the mirena are havin the BV alot.. i have been on the antibotics and to no avail it comes back i am going to try some of the home remedies that i have read on here. i cant take it anymore.. i knew if wasnt happening because i am dirty cause that is so not the case.. its nice to know other people have the same problem.. i will come back and let you know if and what worked for me i hope!!!

  21. Nicole NursePractitioner on July 11th, 2011 6:49 am

    First, I’ve noticed some women are confusing BV with yeast infections. These are 2 different types of infections. Yeast generally does not have a foul, fishy odor whereas BV does. If it’s the first time you have had your symptoms, go to the doctor and get the correct diagnosis. Second, the article mentions Lactobacillus. That’s the good bacteria that’s missing or outnumbered when you have BV, but taking or applying Lactobacillus (Lactobacillus acidophilus, etc.) that is in most probiotic formulas and yogurt won’t fix it. It’s not the correct sub-species. You need L. crispatus and L. jensenii – these are found in healthy vaginas. Research is being done to product these in capsule forms. Stay away from douching – it messes up your pH and can wash the bacteria further up your reproductive system. Don’t use powders – they hold moisture and allow yeast to multiply and then you can have a yeast infection on top of everything else. Most women with chronic BV have low estrogen levels. Some with chronic BV and/or yeast have diabetes and this is their only symptom. Talk to your doctor. While treating BV at home is perfectly fine (I do), make sure your Ob/Gyn is aware of how frequently you have it.

  22. Lizzy on July 11th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Girls, i got a quick solution. Insert a yogurt covered tampon. You are directly putting good bacteria in where its missing. Tea tree douches are amazing. Look it up online to find out how much u mix with water. GOOD LUCK.

  23. Patricia on July 23rd, 2011 12:29 pm

    Hello I am suffering from bv I have garlic and vineagar at home and I was wondering what do I do with the garlic and could I put vineagar in a warm bath? Please help me please tell me what to do.

  24. vickee on July 28th, 2011 9:10 pm

    I wanna say I am only 19 years old an I have been suffering from all the syptoms for almost 2 years now and I thought it was a yeast infection but I did everything and it wouldn’t go away it has ruined my selfesteem and relationship with my fience what can I do to stop the odor and itching?

  25. Julie on August 8th, 2011 12:48 am

    BV is caused by yeast. Any holistic doctor or health food store professional will tell you that. I have been fighting this stuff for months. When it gets bad I rub my private parts with cocnut oil. It’s messy but it literally breaks down the yeast. Then a put an ice pack on me where ever the heat is. I take acv 3 times a day. And I think I may have an iodine deficiency which may be the cause. I found out the seaweed used to wrap sushi is full of iodine. I hope this helps more thing you have to change your diet. NO polyunsaturated fats, no alcohol, no sugar or carbs. No excuses ladies. Eat right, exercise and avoid those unhealthy oils plus get a good vitamin from a health food store, not walmart.

  26. Patti on August 11th, 2011 6:00 pm

    I am 46 years old and have been dealing with bv for over 2 years now. I think I had and didn’t know what it was and it probably just got to an uncontrollable level. I was prescribed the vaginal antibiotic gel-very messy and it does ruin your sex life. I would end up going back to the doctor once a month and they do std screens and I’m thinking these people must think I’m a hooker. Anyway it always came back with BV. I have also taken the pills which help while you’re taking them. I stumble upon this site yesterday after going to the doctor again and being prescribed the Flagyl pills. This time she told me to have my boyfriend take them too. I thought I can’t do that since this is not an std and he is symptom free. He has been a good sport about the whole thing, because it is messy. Anyway, after reading the advise, I ran right out bought a probiotic that says its for females and it has 5 billion cultures and I also bought garlic pills and spinach and raw garlic. I took all that last night and i took the garlic and the probiotic this morning. I will tell you that is more expensive than the antibiotics. I have also taken special care in the vaginal area. I use white bounty paper towels and soap and throw that away. So there’s no risk of bacteria on the wash cloth recontaminating, and I also place a paper towel there while i brush my teeth etc to get all the moisture. I feel great this morning. It was so bad yesterday before taking this that the discharge was just dripping in the toilet. I feel great this morning. Unfortunately, I’m using so many things. I cant’ really tell you what’s actually working. I’ll be eating spinach daily too. It feels good to get this out, I wouldn’t bring this up to my girlfriends. I’ll keep you posted.

  27. Roxanne on August 11th, 2011 9:12 pm

    I have had this BV for like 8 years now, Im so tired of this thing, OMG i tried EVERYTHING, it does not work!!!! I went to the doctor AGAIN and it was so embarassing!!! she told me I had a yeast infection, what???? BV too, i already knew that, she gvae me Flagyl in pill form, nasty medicine, yuck,I had my period, it is going away now, But I can still smell the bv still a bit,damn,I met a great guy and it is a shame I can not be intimate with him,I do not want the room to smell like a fish market!!! Im not a dirty woman, Im clean I dress nice I look good, But I smell like a fish,I cry so much, it is a shame, I feel for all of you here,Im gonna change my whole diet, which i think is good anyway, to a more alkaline one,”Spinach” Im tired of shoving things in my vagina,no more,8 years of this is enough to make one go mad.I admit I caught a STD 8 years ago, and I douched too much because I felt dirty and that is what triggerd this monster,Im just tired of being tired, I just want my friend back,my vagina!!!

  28. Lorraine on August 13th, 2011 12:55 am

    Julie, BV stands for *bacterial* vaginosis. Bacteria and yeast are two different organisms. If treating it like a yeast infection is curing it for you, then you probably don’t have BV as killing off the yeast would allow the bacteria to grow even more. Also, health food store professionals are no more qualified to make treatment suggestions than anybody else. I’m sure there are lots of nice people in the business, but they are just there to sell you stuff.

  29. Claire on August 13th, 2011 2:54 pm

    Wow it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who suffers does any one know any over the counter things available in Australia I eat yogurt everyday and regulary have garlic and I’m sick of going to the doc paying a fortune and trying different antibiotics that do not work :(

  30. Michal on August 15th, 2011 4:21 am

    BV is caused by bacteria, not yeast. They are two different organisms. One is a prokaryote, the other a eukaryote, which I’m sure is too much information for most.

  31. Truk renderag on August 17th, 2011 11:50 pm

    At least you women smell like FISH some women believe it or not smell like rotting beef and there does NOT seem to be any help at all from any medical people. SOME BODY HELPPPPP!!!!!!!!

  32. Melissa on August 19th, 2011 5:44 am

    I have to tell you all I took cranberry juice, spinach and garlic pills I had bv for two years and it worked within two weeks it was gone! I couldn’t believe it! I took antibiotics also and nothing worked-but changing diet!!!!

  33. A.B on August 20th, 2011 1:41 am

    Folic Acid(800mcg) 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills at night. Again, it may work for you, it may not. Worth a shot.

  34. BV Pro on August 21st, 2011 4:05 am

    Look, I’ve been battling BV for almost 15 years. BV DOES NOT ITCH & BURN! If you itch & burn it’s probably a yeast infection. BV is NOT caused by yeast, it is BACTERIA. BV is only odor and discharge. I discovered that even tho I was in a committed relationship, SEMEN was the culprit for me. I’ve ordered flagyl pills from an overseas website, but they taste so disgusting to the point where you want to vomit, so I’d have to take them just before bed. Yes they worked, but I read that they cause cancer. Metronidazole gel prescribed by my Doctor combined by not allowing my husband to ejaculate in me was my permanent cure. The FIRST NIGHT of using the gel, the odor was GONE. I have been BV free for almost 4 years now. This is THE LONGEST stretch of being BV free since I first started getting it and it’s so freeing and amazing. Ladies don’t allow him to ejaculate in you. You will thank yourself later

  35. BV Pro on August 21st, 2011 4:09 am

    P.S. I tried the cultured yogurt on the tampon trick…didn’t work :/

  36. Farrah on August 23rd, 2011 12:04 am

    I used to have bouts with BV years ago during college. What finally worked for me back then was the introduction to acidolphilus (sp?) alongside half the amount of antibiotics prescribed -usually only two or three days worth.

    However, low and behold nearly 7 years later, here it comes again. So I immediately purchased six things:
    -Vagisil screening test: saved for after treatment

    -Rephresh 3-day 2 part kit: I mixed the purified water douche with Peroxide to clean out the bad bacteria, used the gel too, and then everything else!

    -VH Essentials BV inserts from the local pharmacy: Inserted half insert after the Rephresh gel on day 1, half insert on day 2, and a whole insert on day 3.

    -Renew Life Ultimate Flora vaginal support capsules w/ 50 billion live cultures: I inserted 1 directly into my vajayjay each night right after the VH essential insert, and took one in the am and one before bed.

    -A once-A-Day Vitamin w/ 400MCG of Folic Acid in addition to the rest of the B Vitamins (very important not to take Folic Acid as a single supplement): I took two of these in the morning and one at night. It apparently helps with the speedy replicatin of the Lactobacillus acidophilus.

    – EmergenC Immune Defense Fizzy Drink: I drank two packets mixed with water in the am, two at lunch, and two at night.

    By the first morning after (less than 10 hours): no odor.

    By Day 2’s application: No discharge.. but urine was bright yellow from vitamins!

    By Day 3’s application: nothing except the capsule casings (doesn’t melt the same as when taken orally!), and same yellow urine!

    Today is Day 4 and my PH level as indicated by the Vagisil test kit is 4.5. I plan to continue the Folic Acid for today and tomorrow along with the two Renew Life capsules taken orally. I will not insert anything else into the vagina unless symptoms reoccur.

    After Day 5, I will continue with the Renew Life and Folic Acid by taking one capsule per day, as well as the EmergenC Immune Defense @ 2 packets in the morning- both until finished

    I will keep every one posted.

  37. ev on August 23rd, 2011 8:58 am

    Have your man treated too, as you are passing this back and forth, only he doesn’t have to worry about pesky symptoms the way we do, aside from the odor.
    You can actually insert a whole garlic clove twice a day for a couple of days, then insert a probiotic pill (or two)for a few more days, meanwhile taking probiotics…
    Do not take too many of anything, as you will once again disrupt the balance of your system. Eating unprocessed foods is key too, with a good balance of vitamins and minerals. For me, getting rid of milk and wheat products resolved a number of health issues I was experiencing, most importantly the thyroid problems that had been caused by taking birth-control for my entire youth. Nothing sets a body out of balance more than hormone changes. Still have some hormone irregularity and have to take thyroid treatment for rest of life, but things are so much better now with my system more in balance.
    Very interesting to hear about the “Mirena” as I hadn’t had any problems since pregnancy with yeast or BV or anything else once Dr diagnosed me with the autoimmune disorder and I treated it with diet, that is until I got the IUD put in, now I have to spend time every particularly heavy period or after times I’ve had repeated intercourse with my love. In the distant past I could clear things right up with aforementioned insertion, but now I have to re-do and re-do. I plan to talk to Dr about the IUD…plus, I have been eating crap foods again because I got too busy and stressed from things. That doesn’t help overall health at all. Stress is a huge causative factor in a lot of health issues, and puts the body way out of balance.
    Anyways…one DOES NOT want to risk a PID (pelvic inflammation),seriously…I almost lost the ability to have children when I had one from getting repeated infections from the guy who became my hubby, and did not know it for months until the symptoms of pelvic pain and problems with period and urination and stomach pain came on. Of interest, it went on long enough I now have an autoimmune disorder of the bladder called Interstitial Cystitis (thought it was UTI’s, but really was cellular damages from the previous infection)and it affects the whole pelvic region. Sex with my hubby became so painful after our second child that I had to cut him off. Things are better now that he took treatments at same time I did, plus Dr suggested I got all citrus and acidic foods out of my diet, and this worked wonders.
    Now to tackle the bv once again, and possibly re-evaluate this whole IUD thing…as that what brought me back to the computer to look for natural remedies again :(

  38. maria on August 23rd, 2011 1:46 pm

    With all of these treatments are they effective at keeping it away after you have actually gotten rid of it ? even for a while, i understand it can obviously come back. But the pro biotics for example, i have found with this particular natural yogurt , it has all kids of good bacteria and so on, i can manage to get rid of it for a while, but only when i eat the yogurt daily. Im just wondering how long anyone has managed to actually keep it away?

  39. Desaree on August 24th, 2011 10:52 pm

    I’m in tears right now.. My bf has been insulting me and saying mean things ab the odor, but I can’t
    Help it. Even when I pee I can smell it . Please tell me what to do. I don’t have insurance and Im so upset!

  40. marie on August 24th, 2011 11:03 pm

    I have had bv for about two years now and been to the doc.about6 or 7 times.I dont want to go back because I have been there so many times and it is just a problem.. I have had the pills and the gell and after a while it always come back agian! My boyfriend of 6 years is tiered of it and thinks I cheat on him all the time.we both have taken the pills at least 6 times and i am sick of going to the doc. and it never works!I dont even know how it came about!I just know that if it is not takken care of soon I will just die!so I am going to try a few things that I have found on here and will keep you updated!!!!!THANKS!!!!!!!

  41. brittney on August 26th, 2011 11:41 pm

    so i have been having symtoms for 3 years now. Docs have told me (uti), (piv) all kinds of stuff but the thing is all these things they claim i have does not have all the symtoms i have i’m so sick of the pain the odor the whole thing just makes me feel so nasty I’m a very clean person i tryed cranberry pills, water, all kinds of stuff and i’m in tears not knowing what to do. I cant go to the doc have not been able to go for 2 years now have no insurance so i dnt knw what to do. I have every symtom for (BV) so i really belive this is what it is i’m gonna try spinach i dnt knw what else to do I’m in a new relationship been together 3 moths now we live together i’m so inbarressed to tell him or to even have sex with him cause of the odor i do everything to get rid of it but nothing works if anyone has anymore great ideas please im begging you let me and the other women who are badly suffering this knw. thanks

  42. Lorena on August 29th, 2011 8:57 am

    Thought I’d add my experience, I am 46 and used to get yeast infections and bacterial vaginitis in my 20’s a lot! Now I am having symptoms of b.v. the last couple of days right after my period ended. I was reading it can also be caused by fluctuating hormone levels, I.e. drop in estrogen? What can I do about that? I don’t have health ins. So want to fix this problem as cheaply as possible! Sounds organic spinach, raw garlic and lay off the alcohol. How bout a vinegar or baking soda bath?

  43. Nyachud on September 1st, 2011 8:02 pm

    Thanks ladies 4 sharing.

  44. ipi on September 4th, 2011 5:30 am

    First of all- if your man is not supportive and making you feel terrible about your BV, you need to find a more respectful partner.

    I suggest ordering pH strips online (they are cheap) and testing your vaginal pH. If it is too alkaline, this can cause an imbalance and an apple cider vinegar bath works well to restore the natural vagina pH (which is slightly acidic). I also suggest drinking water with apple cider vinegar. You can add honey to help the taste.

    It is also important to remember that infections are caused by underlining issues, possibly hormonal imbalances. Evening primrose oil and Omega-3 EFA daily can also help restore your bodies hormones. Eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and staying toxin-free (laundry soaps, etc.) is also extremely important.

    I used to have re-occurring BV episodes for years. A naturopathic doctor helped me treat holistically and I have been improving ever since!

  45. Zebra on September 4th, 2011 8:02 am

    I cured my bv with a peroxide douche. The treatment was 1:3 dilution of 3% peroxide and water. I used a two cup measure to calculate. The regimen was douch every night for 7 days. Now it’s been one week after completing the treatment and I am clean, fresh and back in action. My smell is back to the way it smelled before. I found the douch at wall greens it looks like a hot water bottle. I also took and continue to take probiotics, garlic and B6.

    I believe I developed the bv after a weekend in Vegas in a wet bathing suite for 2 whole days, gross water too. I never
    had any itching or discomfort, but it smelled fishy and like a dead animal. Symptoms went on for about 2 months. I used deodorant spray and had to shower twice a day, and had a lot of shower sex. I also have an IUD, and i believe it my be the cause of infection. I used the rePHresh suppositories, but the smell came back after the third day. Not anymore!! I’m cured!

  46. caroline on September 5th, 2011 8:41 am

    I suffer with bv an am 25 i hate the smell an have used active gel ok sometimes an have been given 400mg of metronidazole for 14 days am nearly finish but my period has start an am gonna have to take 7 days of antibiotics for a water infection an now it will just repeat , am so sick of it, i was advise to wash withacqrious cream an not shower gel not even simple this is a nightmare can anyone help please thankyou, an desaree your boyfriend seems so mean it made me cry i feel for you.

  47. Lorna on September 9th, 2011 9:47 pm

    I found a homeopathic treatment at Rite-Aid, they have a whole new line of treatments for BV, pills and all. I have used the Rephresh pill the last 3 days and used one treatment of the vaginal inserts and ALREADY have notice the odor is GONE less then 24 hours after the first treatment!! I am psyched!!! : )

  48. Naomi on September 11th, 2011 5:27 am

    So I’m only 20 had the problem for over 2 years now. I can’t yave normal relationships and it is really ruining my life. Ugh. After reading everyones comments I know this has got to be what’s wrong with me. I always thought it was a yeast infection so I’ve takin monistat one after the other and never end in good results. I’ve staeted wearing cotton I don’t use tampons nomore, I’ve followed all the rules my doctor has said and nothing. I’ve even had doctorels tell me its nothing. I honestly thought I was like the only person in the world going thru this, but it is such a relief seeing that its a pretty normal girl thing.

  49. Misty on September 14th, 2011 6:39 am

    After 3 years with on and off BV I had developed a regimen that allows me to manage the symptoms. I have had countless runs with anti-botic pills and creams and I’m over it. The pills upset my stomach and the cream is gross. Since making sure I do the following I have little to no “fishy” oder” and my vaginal discharge stays pretty clear.

    -drink at least 8 cups of water, preferably much more
    – restrict un-heathly foods like junk food and sweets
    -lots of yogurt, at least one a day
    -lots of garlic, as much as you get into your food ( i average 1-5 cloves in at least one meal)
    -Apple cider vinegar baths (tub with water plus half cup of ACV (this is also a quick fix for the smell)

    This last step many might not need if the steps above help, but for me it’s necessary, and I like getting oral sexy knowing I smell like the juicy lil peach that I am! I swore to never douche prior to the 3 year stint of on and off BV, but this is my routine:

    Day after period– 50% hydrogen peroxide/ 50% water totally about half cup total fluids, I only use a baby’s ear and nose bulb to insert, cause I don’t want it to shoot to far in. It generally takes 3 rounds of inserting and and releasing the fluid to finish the 1/2 cup

    the following 3 days– 20% hydrogen peroxide/ 80% water, totaling half a cup

    then 2-3 per week as needed until the next period.

    I have just gotten use to doing it as my morning routine in the shower, and it keeps away the smell and discomfort. For me the douche was the last resort, but in conjunction with the other staples I make sure to include in my life, I can freely and confidently have sex with my partner. I have to stay ON TOP OF IT. I hope this helps someone else, I know how horrible and gross it feels.

  50. Stephanie on September 14th, 2011 8:26 am

    Ladies, i too have had BV for years now. It is embarresing. :( After my boyfriend noticed the smell after sex i have become more determined than ever to find a cure. I really hope we can find something that works. What i can say is that the pills and gels the doctors give do not work. Im thinking diet has alot to do with it. Ill try and let you ladies know.

  51. sherbs on September 14th, 2011 4:26 pm

    I recently began the hydrogen peroxide douche/probiotic supplement remedy for chronic BV. Almost instantly, the symptoms disappeared. I am so thrilled to finally discover a non-perscription solution, however, am concerned that it might have a negative effect on my Paragard Copper IUD. Please, if anyone has any safety information on the interaction between the two, I would love to hear it. Cheers!

  52. Patti on September 15th, 2011 2:03 am

    hello all, I’m writing in again. as i stated in the past i have this problem for awhile. i think initially, I didn’t know what it was and then the discharge got heavier until finally, i got that terrible fish odor and thats when i went to the doctor. I thought it was yeast and that insert burned so bad, because i had become so irritated down there, I had to douche to get rid of the monistat. I went to the doctor and they ruled out all the std’s, so it must be BV. They said. I went to the doctor recently and there is a special machine that will specifically diagnose BV. so what i have done recently is take 25 billion of probiotics when lessened it, but didn’t not completely get rid of it, so I upped it to twice a day. So far no discharge which was most problematic for me. Oh, i did use the antibiotics first and was taking the probiotics once a day anyway to prevent the stomach upset.
    so my advise is to take probiotics, it is more expensive than the prescriptions at least for me any way. who wants to take antibiotics all the time? The probiotics will cost about 50 to 60 dollars a month. I plan to take them for a good 3 months like my doctor said. I couldn’t bring myself to ask my boyfriend to take the antibiotics. I wasn’t convinced it would work, because it is an issue with me and not him. Does anyone know of a doctor who might be doing a study. None of my friends have these complaints nor have I asked them.

  53. Andrea on September 16th, 2011 1:02 am

    Okay ladies…. Here’s the deal. You have essentially two things living inside your vagina. Bacteria(there are many types) and yeast. these two things keep each other in check. If the yeast population explodes for some reason (i.e. antibiotics killing off the bacteria that keep them in check), you get a yeast infection. If the bacteria population explodes, you get a bacterial infection. So my advise is…. if you have a yeast infection, eat some bacteria. If you have a bacterial infection eat some yeast.

  54. leah on September 16th, 2011 9:50 pm

    I’ve had bv in the past and antibiotics works. However, they stopped working about 2 yrs ago on Nov of 09-the crap just came back and then I’d go back to my Dr every month and get more. I’m very Infineon with my body and so when I got pregnant in June of 10 I was very concerned about having bv while pregnant, but thankfully I didn’t. It went away! I was so happy. And since the birth of baby in march of 11 I’ve been normal! Oh how I love the feeling. However, earlier this week I’ve felt and started to smell the symptoms of bv. I’m so sad. I have Mirena and am breastfeeding so I don’t get my period…..usually until last week and after that the symptoms started. I’ve also noticed seman affects things. It’s a tricky combo which is so frustrating for those of us that suffer. So here’s my two cents and a few things that I think may have helped me…..increased folic acid,iron, water, and don’t eat a lot of sugar (like deserts) and lay off the booze (even wine), obviously wear cotton panties and wash them in a ‘free’ detergent (like all free and clear, or tide free). I can’t tell you if that works or everyone but I know that I stopped following some of the above (detergent, sugar, alcohol, and iron) and that’s when I noticed a difference along with the pesky period. I’ve tried .5 of vinegar and water on a tampon but I’m not so sure about it. Oh I also used tampons for the first time since being pregnant…..maybe it added to things?

  55. L on September 18th, 2011 6:31 am

    So if I want to try the yogurt and tampon thing…how long do i keep it in there? do i need to rinse after, or just leave the yogurt that is left over in there?

  56. jen on September 20th, 2011 6:13 am

    Use brilliance tampons. From walgreens

  57. Wendy Chambers on September 24th, 2011 2:16 am

    I am a vegan and apparently my BV is caused by lack of Iron, I have never had BV before, I am 40 years old and married. The most natural way I have been told to get rid of this is to eat spinach and garlic (spinach of course contains iron). I am going on a spinach binge right now !

  58. Patti on September 27th, 2011 3:37 am

    I have been using the BV pills over the counter treatment from Rite Aid. I have not tried the suppositories, but I have them. I use baking soda for the smell. Actually lately, i just have that musty order like you have in your pits. I just think I sit too long at work. Probably a separate issue. If you smell like fish, you really should get that treated with the antibiotics and continue to take the probiotics and the the home remedies. The probiotics in large doses seem to work. so far so good for me.

  59. Kk on September 29th, 2011 4:43 am

    I have been diagnosed with BV an have bought like three different types of prescriptions n tha last three months. I still have the problem and cant seem to find anything that wants to work. Im starting to cramp real bad and I am worried all these medications might do some serious damage. I cant have a sexual, or any other relationship because I am not comfortable with myself. Been goin on for about 6 months now and i really would love to find a way to get rid of this because the doctors doesnt seem to be helping much. Any ideas???

  60. nana on September 29th, 2011 5:53 am

    I might have bv too cus my underwear is always wet like I peed in it. My bf broke up wit me cus he thinks I’m sleeping around and he complains of reaction everytime we have sex..can bv cause his reaction???

  61. Tarah on October 2nd, 2011 3:27 pm

    I have been getting bv since I was 16.. I’m 27.. I found that yes a bf can become irritated after sex because of it but it depends on the guy.. I have been using vinegar as a vaginal rinse for this time around.. It’s working :) I mix it with water and it is great .. I go to the gym often so that is one of my causes.. I do notice if I don’t eat yogurt when I am on amoxicillin I get bv.. And semen does cause issues with the ph.. It CAN cause itching after a while because the ph change but it is less common.. I have been told by the drs that it was yeast because it itches and after them testing me they say oh no yeast it’s bv.. So ya.. I get the discharge but the itchin is what kills me.. Vinegar is working.. U can drink pickle juice too as it contains vinegar … Douche with vinegar .. It will burn at first and then.. No symptoms of bv.. Dilute it less for sever cases..

  62. Tarah on October 2nd, 2011 3:29 pm

    Also I bought yogurt to eat so it doesn’t come back

  63. Girly on October 4th, 2011 9:58 am

    MY CURE:

    In my case it turns out I was deficient in Vitamin D. I had been working in a dark environment for about a year and my body wasn’t getting enough sunlight(D) to have a strong immune system and fight off the bad bacteria causing the BV.

    The BV was so persistent! Before I realized there was a lack in D my Gyno and I had gone through 5 treatment cycles because the BV just kept coming back even after the antibiotics (Flagyl). I was getting sick a lot too. So, the total treatment went like this:
    After a full cycle of Flagyl the Doc put me on “suppression therapy” with Flagyl 500mg once a week to keep the bacteria at bay(ask your doctor about this). In the meantime I was taking 2,000IU of D a day without skipping. It took me about 2 months for my body to build up my immune system. I haven’t had an infection for about 6 months now not to mention everyone around me is getting sick and I haven’t been touched. I’m so grateful to never again have an infection!!!!

  64. Girly on October 4th, 2011 10:09 am

    My Cure: continued

    Allow me to be clear that I only went on the Flagyl suppression therapy for about a month. After that month I have been taking 2,000IU Vitamin D supplements every day.

  65. Patti on October 6th, 2011 1:00 am

    The best treatment for me has been the probiotics. If i don’t take them, it comes back. I am currently taking 50 billion cultures in the am. I take the bv treatment that they sell at rite aid and then i take another 50 billion culture probiotic at night and I have done well.

    symptoms are a white discharge and it is a wet feeling. If you allow the wetness to remain in constant contact with your vagina, it eventually does cause irritation and then a fishy odor. Be sure to have it diagnosed specifically rather ruling out everything else. I have had to change my underwear midday and shower at night etc. So the answer for me are probiotics/ yogurt. once treated with the antibiotics it just returns. Probiotics can be expensive, but they do work for me. I hope this helps.

  66. robyn on October 6th, 2011 8:08 am

    I have had this problem on& off for several years. I am constantly given metronidazole by my doctor. I have found semen is a culprit. Washing with dove unscented & baking soda helps a lot. No thongs or tampons. Also only cotton undies. I will try spinach & yogurt. (Thanks ladies) I understand it is a Ph balance issue. Very annoying & embarrassing.

  67. Victoria on October 9th, 2011 12:25 pm

    Hey ladies,I was diagnosed with BV last wednesday and let me tell you it REALLY cramped my style, I finally found a good guy and we only got to have sex twice before I got BV. I have had previous sex partners and have never had BV, I just don’t understand what is so different.. yes this is a new partner but how did my bacteria can unbalanced? I’m just confused and now I’m scared I am going to get it again because now I know it can reoccur… What should I do??? I am on flagyl and I’m only 2 days in on taking it, but I am going to watch what I eat starting today.. Any advice would be appreciated greatly. Thanks ladies and good luck to all of you!

  68. sabrina on October 13th, 2011 11:48 pm

    well i have to say ive had this for about 3 yrs thought it was normal…but it got worse and it was because i was douching.. so i had stopped…the smell was so bad that i could smell it through my jeans and it was embarassing so i started googling and tryed doing the yogurt thing which i know sounds weird but it worked! ill tell you what i did…i went to walmart and bought some vanilla yogurt with live cultures in it and put it on a tampon and inserted left it in there for about an 1hr took it out..showered and i was amazed because before even after i showered you could still smell it…no its gone away and its been a week….pretty amazing!

  69. yolanda on October 19th, 2011 12:43 pm

    First i will like to thanxs all you ladies for ur post. For a while i thought i was the only person who had this problem. Made me feel like i was dirty or something. But with the help of many of ur post i am finally 2 weeks free of BV for the first time in about 2 years. That thing ruin my sex life with my bf….Everytime i had sex with him, he would get irrated, to the point we stop having sex for months at a time. We almost separated bc of this thing…At first i was told it was a yeast infection. I would go to the dr and get a cream and it would disappear for about week, then return. I did soo many test. At one point i thought i was a diabetic bc i couldnt get rid of it. Then finally i got soo mad and fed up. Went online and did some research and learned that it was the imbalance of the ph level in my vagina. I think that came about when i stop taking birth control about 2 years ago. Because I never had a problem with BV till then. So i went the drug store purchase Rephresh 3-day 2 part kit gentle cleasing and vaginal gel. Then i started taking probiotics 500 billion twice a day, garlic pills and vitamin C to boost my immune system for about 2 wks and it worked. No foul odor, nasty discharge, nothing. I want to thank you ladies for ur post it really help me to rid of that dirty monster call bv.

  70. roxanne on October 21st, 2011 10:31 pm

    I wrote here before,I still have BV, I sit here and I can still smell it(fish) damn, I do not know what to do, I have tried it all and Nothing is working for me, Im ashamed and embarassed,never in my life have I had a problem down there like this,this is a terrible thing to have,I bought the home treatment VH essentials, waste of money,Im so depressed,I met a nice guy and no we have not had sex, I want to but we can not as long as Im like this,no more doctors for me,someone please help me,I feel suicidal,I used to be fun outgoing but this monster is holding me back,fish fish fish,I used to smell like my fave perfume,I have had this 7 years and Im dying inside,I have low self esteem,Im not working right now,but Im in school and the class smells like fish,:( something has to be done about this before I lose my mind,I think my diet is good,but I do drink(wine) is that adding to the problem? because wine is yeast and yeast feeds off of bad bacteria?I do not know what esle to say,i feel really down, I feel like a nobody….

  71. kenisha on October 22nd, 2011 4:32 am

    i have tried rephresh its about 12 dollars and it will help and also vh essentials bv treatment(20.00) has helped! you can pick both up at wal-mart or local pharmacy. but if nothing seems to work for you ladies just go to the doctor and get the damn flagyl pills!!!! i mean really who wants to smell like captain d’s????

  72. Limey on October 28th, 2011 5:25 am

    First of all * Roxanne * as hard as this might be for you right now please don’t do anything silly. Life is good, you can get better. Perhaps if you are suicidal you need to go and speak to someone!!!! Please don’t leave it, life is precious !

    I too just found out I have BV. I’m kind of scared, I just had a D&C a few months ago as I lost my baby :( I was 3 months.
    I had never had any problems before so I feel it’s one thing after another. I don’t ever eat yogurt and get a really bad tummy if I eat garlic. I am a VERY clean person, too clean perhaps?? Could I be washing the good and bad bacteria away?
    The symptoms I have had are discharge with a raw meat
    smell and almost cottage cheese looking discharge at times.
    I’ve tried to stay out of the bath and just shower instead.
    Please help ! Thanks

  73. mimi on November 9th, 2011 1:00 am

    I had bv for sixmonths i ask my self has anybody downloaded the book the 3 steps to cure bv does it reall works?can anybody that downloaded tell us if it actually works and what are the3 steps

  74. drpressed n emvarrassed on November 9th, 2011 8:42 pm

    Well its been sixs months n I habe been dealing with bv and it is so embarrasing cause I can smell that foul odor omg what can I do I am going to try some of thesr remedies n sre I am desperate

  75. rainy on November 10th, 2011 11:05 am

    Roxanne I feel your pain in your comment and i am right now in tears because i fell the same way reading all of the ladies comment we all feel this way. Ive had Bv for 23yrs. I am still fighting this . how i got bv i was in a very abusive relationship when i was young and after sex i douched because he made me feel dirty and i just want to cleanse and i douched to much and messed up my normal flora. im not working right now so i stay in my house i try not to go out in public so much because of the fish smell and people look you right in the face and you have to pretend to be invisible and you just want to get the hell away crawl up in a corner hide behind locked doors. i have seen my gyn doctor i know over15 or more times she has tried everything. gels,creams .,pills i have purchased the e-books , acv douches, peroxide , boric acid, tea tree oil vh essentials, acidophulus pills it get better but not cured so now im going to try the spinach and garlic . im not in a relationship because of the hot fish smell,and i one time i wanted to commit suicide/ and i feel like a nobody but you know what i keep saying there is a cure and one of these remedies will work.i tried the vagilen stuff waste of money once again . so i am reading everyone blog to see if there some thing i haven’t tried til next time

  76. Denise on November 11th, 2011 10:38 am

    Hi Ladies

    I was first treated for bv when I was about 19 or 20 and I really did not know what was going on with my body. Until now I go to the health department and they give me these seven pills to take for seven days and it is gone. But once me and my partner have sex again it is right back a week later. I am to embarrassed to keep going back to the health deparment for the same thing and me and my parnter has been treated for this but it keeps coming back. So I decided to look online and try to do home remdies hopefully this will work out for me. I am so depressed because I do not want it to affect me having kids one day because I really do want kids.

  77. shy grl on November 13th, 2011 8:25 pm

    i have a question girls…. i had a smelly discharge, and im afraid now because i need to go for medical test for employment visa, im afraid that they will find out that i have BV and im afraid that i will not pass the medical…. pls help me what i will do……… how to use the garlic??? do i have to insert that to my vigina??????

  78. stacy on November 15th, 2011 8:20 pm

    Hey ladies, I have bv as well and i found out a couple of months ago.. I’ve tried those pills the Dr gives and it does not i was on them for a week, it actually made it worst..after it became worse I started soaking in apple vinegar for 20 mins 3 times a week and it helped with the discharge and lightened the smell.. but that is not enough for me I want it cured!!!! So then I tried rephresh praying that it would work and it did just slowed it down and of coarse not permanent…on the box it even tells you that rephresh does not cure bv but i wanted to try it and of coarse it does not cure then i went out and bought tea tree oil and plain yougurt with the live bacteria in i started off with the yougurt ..I get a tampon put it in the yougurt for about an hour then I insert it in my vagina and go to sleep and repeat this for 7 days..well ladies I am on my fourth day…so wish me luck!!!! Well i can tell you this I don’t have any discharge anymore the smell is almost nonexistent..but after my 7 days are up I’m going to wait a week without using yougurt to see if it comes back

    Bv sucks we should start a campaign or something get ppl to invest time and money on helping the women of the world tackle this evil b**ch they call bv!!!!!! Lol but good luck ladies and t
    Hugs and kisses to all…

  79. Patti on November 16th, 2011 10:14 pm

    Rephresh now has tampons. They are in a bright yellow box. i found them at CVS. They are supposed to control vaginal ph. I’ll keep you posted. Just started using them. If that doesn’t work, looks like I’ll be trying the yogurt. My problem was mainly the discharge. when the fish smell rears it ugly head, I have to douche. I also have the clindamycin gel. I haven’t tried that yet. I will try it if comes back. I am very interested in these tampons for now.

  80. ixy on November 21st, 2011 8:01 pm

    Hello Ladies,
    I thought I will share my own experience as well.
    Morning: 1.Hydrogen Peroxide- you can use full strength or mix with water. I have no problem using in full strength. You can use it anytime of the day & especially you have severe foul discharge.
    2. Tea tree oil- use small tampon. Soak the tea tree oil anduse large applicator and insert and let it there for 3 hours. This is A-bomb for bad bacteria.
    3. Apple Cider Vinegar- dilute with water and wash it off inside your vagina.
    4. aciduphilus- yogurt like. put it directly inside the your vagina over night. I haven’t tried this as it was not available in the pharmacy.
    5. folic acid- 800mg morning and 400mg evening. i tried this but unfortunately only 5mg available in the market.
    Do this ritual within 10 to 14 days and you will be surprise.

    God bless us all ladies. We are women not fish!

  81. Patti on November 28th, 2011 10:55 pm

    I agree with the yogurt on the tampon. It has worked for me. I’m just not sure how often I should it or if there are side effects. Please comment if you have more info regarding the yogurt.

  82. A Friend When U Need One on November 30th, 2011 6:43 am

    Roxanne, I understand what you are going through. Trust me. Listen, do a google search on carbon underwear liners. They will absorb the odors until you are able to get this problem under control. If you smoke, STOP. Do a total detox diet, for a day or two. Maybe even fast if you have to for a while. The reason I say that is because you are obviously having an allergic reaction to something in your diet/environment or you have a deficiency in your diet. You need to continue on the probiotics. Renew Life makes good products because they have more than acidophillus. Make sure you swallow the pills whole. Add chlorophyll, Omega DHA to your routine as well. Drink plenty of water. I’m not just saying that to be saying that. I am a nursing student. Increasing your fluids will lessen the vicosity or thickness of any secretions in your body, including the vagina. So make it your business to stay extra hydrated while you recover. Eat spinach as well every night, I tried it, and I must say I can tell a difference by the next morning. Wonderful idea whoever thought of that. But like I said before, it might be a vitamin def that I had. Hope this helps. By the way, don’t do a lot of invasive stuff like sticking things in your vagina. I will occasionaly put a little hydroperoxide in the vag with a tampon with immediate removal in the most extreme cases. You will need a clean slate, get a prescription first, either flagyl or diflucan. Which ever your doc sees fit and start your detox from there. Wash your undies with FREE detergent and seperate from your other clothes, use Dove sensitive skin with a new rag to prevent further bacteria spread. Good luck and you are in my prayers.

  83. A Friend When U Need One on November 30th, 2011 7:20 am

    By the way, just read over what I wrote and saw some miscons. Don’t fast while taking the flagyl. Wait until you are done with the meds. Try this for a day or so and see if you like it. Eat Quaker Oatmeal extra fiber, fresh strawberries (great for BV btw), Ocean Spray no sugar added juice, water. Lunch: Whole wheat sandwhich, romaine lettuce of course with chicken salad or tuna. That way your won’t eat processed meats for a while. Carrot strips, Diet soda (trying to avoid sugar), baked chips. Dinner: You will have to do dressed up salads for a couple of days, lay off the red meats for a minute. A quick fix could be baking one of those Tyson chx patties and cutting strips across a salad, kinda like a Wendy’s crispy chx salad. Get creative but get full by 7pm, and don’t eat nothing; drink water till the morning. You want your system to digest the food and not have food in your stomach while you sleep. Basically eat like a princess until you see results. Act like one too because you ARE somebody, and every day your will begin feeling better than the days before. Believe in your self, and you can do it. You need to find out what is causing this problem. It took me a long time, but I realized it was my cigarettes and bad diet to blame. I am not 100 but I am doing things now that I couldn’t do years ago. I am almost 100 and let me tell you, thats saying alot bc once before I could clear a room with the BV. I prayed and kept hydrated, kept with the limited sugar/processed diet, kept with the probiotic and other supplements. I did a few lifestyle changes in laundry, my bath supplies, exercise more to keep things moving. Just do your own research in detoxing, you don’t have to go extreme but you might like what you see. Take care.

  84. stacy on December 3rd, 2011 5:01 am

    There’s no side effects from what i can see..the yougurt things does help but it does not get rid of it well mines anyway..Im gonna try tea tree oil next…my discharge has ceased its not a lot of it anymore..the smell is there but it has calm down as well..its more of an ammonia smell now..I don’t know if that’s good or bad

  85. N.L's Mom on December 9th, 2011 12:01 am

    Wow. I knew it was common but geez. I’m happy you guys understand. I have had this problem since I was 16 I’m now 26. I changed doctors and my new and expensive doc never see it but the free clinic always catches it. I have taken the medication over a dozen times. I’ve had years of fishy spells. I had to douche and bathe all the time to keep the smell away….Not any more ladies. I was a TERRIBLE junk eater. I wasn’t consistant with eating good at all. But now since I’m a bv pro I finally kept it under control. 1st of all I started on birth contrl at 16 which is when I first noticed it. I’ve recently changed my bc to and its cleared up quite a bit. When I got pregnant I didn’t get bv at all!..hmm. once I got on my bc it came back again. So I switched it. FINALLY I GOT A RESOLUTION! I take baking soda baths with hint of vinegar, I eat lots of spinach, garlic or garlic pills, eat plenty of yogurt, and have some spare natural yogurt so if I do get a discharge I stick some on a tampon overnite and tada no yeast the next day(if it is repeat it the next night) , and I take AZO pills once a day which killd my fishy smell and decreased my discharge get them frm Target(its cheaper). Dnt give up on your vajayjay ladies. Oh and I use ONLY ivory soap and change the towel you wash up with more often then you usually would. Sleep with no under garments and trust me this helps! Unlike men women are open down there so we really have to take care of ourselves more.. we dnt have our own isle in the store for nothing. If you make this apart of your daily life, you will be ok. I hope this helps!

  86. Karen on December 9th, 2011 8:16 am

    Omg I know how all of you feel! I started go think my boyfriend gave me something and I didn’t even want to talk to him for a while! I got a pap test done recently and everything came out negative and the doctor said I was ok. I started taking amphetamine salts for ADD and I swear after taking these pills, all this mess starting to occur! Please, someone help me out! I have no clue on what to do! I douched today and read this article and now I’m regretting it! Help . ;(

  87. Kelley on December 13th, 2011 6:16 am

    There is an dissorder that can make a person smell like fish or worse. I have read using activated charcoal helps with the smell. Just a thought? May help? I would try it.

  88. stacy on December 20th, 2011 10:02 am

    Hey I’ve been trying tea tree oil and lacto bacillia pills and its seems to be helping a whole lot…but I have to do this for 6 weeks..I also have been eating veggies and fruits more which helps build up your immune system help fight off infections and bacteria. Any citrus fruit is great!, carrots, garlic helps aid off bacteria, of coarse yogurt..ill touch back with everyone once I’m done my 6 six weeks…crossing my fingers

  89. stacy on December 20th, 2011 10:09 am

    Oh i did research if it smells like ammonia smell that it is a mild case of bv…and I also found out that bv dehydrates the body so ladies keep your body soda!!! WATER WATER !!!! And juice..

    Just wanted to inform everyone…well wish me luck

  90. Jessica on December 20th, 2011 10:37 am

    BV… Taking a hold of my life.!!!! Uuuggh i just don’t know what else to do. I’m 23 and have been battling this monster since i had my son 3 years ago. After i get treated with the pilss or gel, It goes away and then it comes RIGHT BACK.!! The fishy smell drives me crazy. Sometimes it’s that bad that i can smell the odor through my jeans. Help! I’m a dancer.!!! This is truly a hurt piece.

  91. katie on January 1st, 2012 4:22 am

    the yogurt on a tampon works!!!!! I had BV for years and tried the yogurt and probiotic pills and it cleared right up. I think I did it 2 nights and that was all it took. it’s been a good 3 years symptom free without having to keep up on anything but I just noticed my bv is coming back. Just bought some more yogurt and will be doing the tampon thing again tonight.

  92. Soba on January 1st, 2012 11:42 am

    Girls, I have not read all your comments but I read now that a few of you think it has something to do with hygiene! It has nothing at all to do with hygiene!! More the opposite: using all those perfumy, flowery bodywashes and soaps is often what starts bv and makes it worse. It messes up your ph down there and this leads to an overgrowth of the bacteria that are responsible for that ‘fishy’ smell! There are bacteria down there, like everywhere on our body; you just want ghe right kind! So let off of the agressive bodywashes and go for a unscented bar of soap or even better nothing at all, just invest more time in washing really thoroughly with water only! Of course in the meantime you want to try other things that bring the vaginal flora back to normal, and that is plain trial and error, cos the cause as the treatment is different for everybody! Some have to change eating habits or the material they wear, other are stressed and so on!
    Well, good luck everyone

  93. April on January 6th, 2012 11:28 pm

    Wow- is all I can say. I have read every single one of your comments and then called my boyfriend to tell him what a-holes guys can be. I got BV about 4 months ago for the first time in my life. Im a very young 41. My new boyfriend and I had sex for the first time about 5 months ago. I like most always douched after my period. I have never had a strange odor down there, in fact have had many comments on how great smelling “she” was. UNTIL…my new boyfriend. The first time we had sex it was all good, next time good, next time also good, then about a week into us having sex on a regular basis i started feeling not so fresh. I douched repeatedly, got the vaginal shower gel, washed so much I thought she was gonna run away. And it would be fine, and then bam, we would have sex and right back to the Boston Fish Market. I tried the refresh 4 applications for 12 days…and the first cycle worked, then bam..Boston Fish Market again after sex. Did another cycle of the refresh, had sex…nothing, perfect smelling vajayjay. Then last night we had sex again, and now..Boston Fish Market in the house. Now im trying to make light of this because I have to. My boyfriend is very understanding because he knows I didnt have it when we first started going out and we are together all the time so he knows I dont cheat. But we dont have sex nearly as much as we would like to. But i do other things to make up for it. I cant smell myself at work like alot of u seem to be able too. There is no burning or itching with BV…so not sure what you guys have there. It must be a combination of BV and a Yeast infection. I used to just drink beer and then when I started dating my boyfriend he hated beer and we drank alot of rum and whiskey so Im sure that didnt help much. So now I will overdose on Spinach, Garlic Tampons w yogurt and anything else I can shove in my mouth and vajayjay. Im afraid to try the seems to help it, but you have to pretty much take them for the rest of your life. Girls- as you can see and read this is a common problem. Once you get BV it hides in the groves and walls of your vagina…and takes forever to Balance your PH once it is off. BUT….i refuse to allow this to effect my life. I will get rid of it, no matter what. The best thing you can do with your men, is have them sit down with you at the computer and read stuff like this. So they know one you are not cheating, two you are not a dirty person and three this is very common. What some of you have to deal with, just makes my heart ache. But dont give up. It isnt life threatening and it just has to be maintained. Sad thing is…not everything works for everyone. We all have our own individual PH. I will keep you all posted on what works for me. Good Luck Ladies

  94. Tiff on January 8th, 2012 12:38 am

    I use to get yeast infections all the time now that i got this IUD my infections have changed from yeast to BV.I dont have insurance and am gettin tired of the over the counter medicine that never works and if it does only for a few weeks. I cant afford to keep running back and forth to the dr or er. I need a for sure remedy. i eat spinach, I work outside,i am not sexually active at the present time and i read what may be causing some of the other womens’ bv,non of this plays a factor in my cause for bv.II need help.

  95. Paula on January 13th, 2012 4:04 am

    I went tO the doctor said I had BV got antibiotics took them and felt like I was getting better smell went away , no pain but was suppose to get my period am wear pads instead of tampons but still have a little itch am not bleeding right just a tiny bit am worried hope I’m ok any information or advice ?

  96. Tabitha on January 13th, 2012 10:04 pm

    Its 10 am and I am sauteeing spinach in garlic. I am so glad I decided to do my research on this.

  97. Dan on January 16th, 2012 5:45 am

    Hi all,
    I always get a combination of infections around period time.
    I have tried all creams and it just comes back after not using it or a week. So this morning, I took a dairy-free probiotic, cleaned my vagina with diluted vinegar and warm water, put some natural yoghurt (with live cultures) on a tampon and inserted it, and put some yoghurt also on the external areas.
    As a rule, I only wash this area with warm water, never with soap as this irritates it.

    I have also cut wheat, sugar, all dairy and alcohol from my diet (for other reasons), but was advised sugar feeds BV and yeast infections. I hear you asking, ‘what are you going to eat?!’ – – Freshly prepare meats (as opposed to cured meats like salami etc), veggies and fruit (but not too much). I can eat rye bread but need to watch this intake amount. Despite the immediate intestinal health benefits of cutting the above foods, I also hope to lose 5-10kg, which is do-able.

    It’s hard being a woman but with a bit of care I think this is manageable. If you really don’t like the smell, then you’ll do anything to eliminate it from your life. As the body is one unit, everything is related so I think a change in diet is the key. So once you get that right, the rest will follow. If I am successful with this path, I will update. Remember tho, everyone is different but too much wheat, dairy and sugar is not good for anyone.

    Good luck everyone.

  98. Chris on January 21st, 2012 10:09 am

    I have had a problem with BV for about 4 years now. I have done the antibiotic thing but it always comes back and sometimes it even brings a yeast infection with it. I also have had problems with UTIs for most of my life. Anywho, I was browsing my local walmart last year and they actually sell BV capsules that keeps BV away as long as you take it. Its about $8 for a 60 day oral supply, there is a vaginal insert also but it is very pricey about 30 bucks for a one week supply. I wish it would get rid of it permanently but for now its the only thing that works for me. I popped 4 capsules the first night, woke up in the morning with no sign of BV whatsoever! I have been in a commited relationship for 3 years and we are married now and this really puts the shades on our sex life..the pain and the odor drives me insane and takes away my confidence. my husband thinks I have lost my attraction to him whenever I say “Not tonight honey” I am so ashamed to tell him the real reason why. :(

  99. Melissa on January 31st, 2012 8:00 pm

    Lots of great info on here, thank you all!

  100. Clare on February 7th, 2012 9:40 am

    I’m 24, had this for 6 months and is affecting sex with my boyfriend (though he is very understanding, bless).
    A couple of people above have mentioned using bicarbonate of soda, but though that’s good for yeast/thrush, surey it wouldn’t work for BV as BV increases under alkaline conditions.
    Although mine hasn’t disappeared, a vinegar bath once a day has helped (about 2 cups in the bath) and the probiotic yoghurt tampon (I leave it overnight, though I suspect it’s too long as it gets crusty and gross which can’t be very useful, perhaps 1-2 hours is best?)
    I also recommend avoiding tampons while on your period, as the tampon keeps the alkalinic blood in your vagina longer, and we need our vaginas to be more acidic.
    I also take folic acid pills. Don’t know if they’re working, but nothing to lose!
    After reading everyone’s comments, I’m going to steam-cook a lot of spinach, and eat more garlic.
    Good luck to us all!!!!

  101. gabbi on February 8th, 2012 6:40 pm

    I’m having the same prob. As everyone else , its sooo embarrassing,…..I’m goin to try all the things I think might help!

  102. Unique on February 13th, 2012 12:49 am

    Hello ladies i hve tried accuflora pill form and the rephresh gel 3day pack worked great then i got a lil busy and now its back ima continue to take the pills and do the represh again and try some of these other remedies hope’n one of these works along with changing my diet this helped me out alot and it sux that we all hve to go thru this well ladies lets hope the DRs find a cure asap

  103. Kayla on February 17th, 2012 5:54 am

    I’m 21 and I’ve this for 4 years I’ll say and I don’t know
    What to do it’s ruining my sex like with my husband
    And it’s imbarssing wondering if anyone that gets close
    Can smell you I haven’t went to the doctor yet trying out the
    The garlic remedy first and so far I don’t smell nothing and if anybody knows about the rephresh does it work I read on here that a lady used it and she said it worked permently I just want to have relief and be free of bv

  104. nichole on February 21st, 2012 7:10 am

    Wine and beer should be cut out as well as sugars.Introduce alot of raw veggies into your diets and I mean alot.A crappy Mcdonalds salad doesnt count if the greens arent dark green,dont bother.A side effect of this diet would also be a healthier body.If you eat alot of fast food..quit!
    And BV most certainly does itch for some women.
    Yeast infections do not have an odor-BV does.
    Do not eat regular yogurt and please dont put sugary yogurt up into your vagina! Thats a field day for infection! sugar does not help the vagina!It has to be the all natural no sugar or artificial sweetener added yogurt! Its not usually in a regular grocery store unless they have an organic section. Any relief you are getting from this is me!
    Also you cant just go to the regular grocery store and pick up any cranberry juice (thats alot of sugar and coloring)any natural health food store will have REAL cranberry juice it is bitter and not sweet at all –look at the label if the only ingredients in it are cranberry and maybe water then thats what you need. Cranberries contain substances that prevent infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls.
    I get BV when I eat alot of sweets,unfortunately it is a constant struggle for me I love sweets!If I eat really clean,drink alot of filtered water,and Stay away from sugar & alcohol then Im good. I hope this helps someone.Good luck girls!!

  105. Gail on March 10th, 2012 10:54 am

    To those of you who say your partner is giving you BV: it isn’t a virus. It can’t be passed back & forth. If your symptoms are returning after sex, then either the pH of his bodily fluids are disrupting your pH, or it’s possible that his organ or other parts are introducing bacteria into your vagina that shouldn’t be there. Do you know how often men touch themselves & how infrequently they wash down there? Not to mention all that stuff is hanging around in the toilet environment while they defecate. I would like to suggest that you both try washing (external only) before intercourse to see if that helps stop the recurrence.

  106. yoli on March 20th, 2012 8:26 am

    I have had this problem for over 30years, and I want to believe that one day someone will find a cure, but maybe not. For those of you who are feeling suicidal, hang in there. I too, have tried everything in the world, but not much success. I like to place a cotton ball in vaginal to plug it up. The cotton ball soaks up the discharge and traps fishy scent. You can also try 1/4 betadine rinse, to 3/4 water, use it like a douche. I don’t like to douche, but it seems to help. Good luck to all you beautiful women out there, God bless you.

  107. Dee on April 3rd, 2012 1:19 am

    I’ve been a sufferer of bv since I started having sex about 10 years ago..I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me..I have great hygiene so it makes it even more frustrating..for years I only bathed with unscented ivory soap, cotton panties, etc..i have so much metronidzole that I feel my body no longer reacts to it so I’m going to try the home remedies..I’ve never been promiscuous or had multiple sex partners at once..I’m almost 29 and having this has been DEPRESSING..I’ve recently started the rephresh probiotic, the rephresh gel doesnt seem to do any good for me..I’m also going to try drinking the cranberry juice and spinach/garlic out of mate thinks I’m not sexually attracted to him bc I don’t have sex with him that often but its all due to the symptoms and not wanting that awful odor to emerge :( I really hope this works and will do my best to report back. I will admit that I do eat lots of candy and I have the IUD but the symptoms were present before my IUD probably just not as frequent..I hope someone comes up with a PERMANENT CURE. GOOD LUCK ALL!!!!

  108. Dee on April 3rd, 2012 1:21 am

    and I’ve cut back on the candy in hopes that this will help..

  109. Viv on April 4th, 2012 9:47 am

    Omg….I have these same syptoms off in on as well,especially after my menstral. I not experiencing the yeast but the smells ranging from fish to dead meat…My BF gas been supportive, I just want to be cured to fix my social life and sex life,just not feeling to sexy!!!! I had the essure procedure back in 08, so that I wouldn’t have anymore kids since then BV has snuck up on me… Im trying the spinach and garlic.. I’m dranking Cranberry juice as I type,I have tampons no yogurt but will be getting some tomorrow…..

  110. Rachel on April 4th, 2012 10:55 am

    Ive Been getting a bad smell down there and white and grey liquid comes out… I think it bv but real problem is it Does not smell like fish! I was also wondering..,. Can bv prevent you from having children in the future? Well i thank all of you for the help! I’ll try spinach and yogurt.,., hopefuly it works!

  111. Lizzy on April 10th, 2012 8:37 am

    I have had BV for at least five years now. I have had several STD screenings, paps, and other tests. I think my doctor hates me, and my paps always say “This is normal.” It drives me insane. Finally, I was prescribed Metronidazole and after only using it for one day, my symptoms were GONE. Completely all gone, I couldn’t believe it. I had FINALLY escaped this. However, I quit taking it the next day. Why? The doctor who prescribed it failed to tell me that I could not take it while breastfeeding.. so here I am, saving the pills for when I finally stop breastfeeding. About two more months to go and I can finally be me again. Luckily, my boyfriend was always understanding and never made me feel bad about myself, so that was very helpful, but now that we’ve been separated, it’s just me and I feel very.. icky. I hate it, I just want to treat it already. This may be weird, but I feel like everyone around me KNOWS that I have it.. If I wear a dress, I feel like everyone can smell it. I know that it’s irrational, but it’s just such a burden. I always have to wear liners in my udnerwear because of the discharge and that’s never a great conversation to have during a heated moment, you know? I just want this to be over :( It’s so hard not to just stop breastfeeding and treat, but I’ve made it this long, I can finish weaning my ten month old to a year.

  112. Darlene on April 22nd, 2012 10:09 am

    I’m 24 on mirena birth control i have to get it taken out this june cause of the 5 years are up but i have this fishy smell once a month i no longer have a period thank god but this smell i cant take what would be the best over the counter gels for the smell that would work please someone help me :(

  113. Issy on July 12th, 2012 7:38 pm

    Hey girls

    I don’t wish this terrible life consuming thing on anyone but I must say I’m extremely relived too hear I’m not the only one in this world with bv.
    I’m 19 years old and have been sexually active since I was 16. And let me tell you I have NEVER had any problems. Light periods mild cramps normal clear discharge and no smell. Then one day out of the blue BOOM! thick recharge cramps and I smelled like a fish and it iced soo bad. I didn’t understand. I was a gymnast my whole life, a model and a clean girl. I always wash my clothes and keep my house clean but I’ve had this problem for about 6 months now.

    It started right before I started having sex with my current boyfriend and I can tell I wasn’t the only one that noticed it in the bedroom. I decided just the other day too be straight forward with my boyfriend and ask why he never liked too do his share of oral sex he said quote “babe, you smell funny…. But I love you”. I can’t even tell you how gaslights hurt my feelings. It sucks I dont get it I wash in the shower and I change my underware twice a day.
    Then at work the other day I had a comment made (I’m a gymnastics coach for little girls) anf one girl said while we were all streching “something stinks”.
    I was sooooo embarrassed and luckily these little girls have no idea what that smell really was yet.
    So I broke down and spent 200 bucks for a gyno.

    I held off for so long because I live on my own pay check too paycheck with my boyfriend and I don’t have insurance.
    Let me tell you looking it up online before I went too the gyno I FREAKED. I thought possibly I had caught something from a previous sex partner and signs were just starting too show but then I came across this site and had my doctor check specifically. Sure enough it’s exactly what I have. Bv… What a bitch… I refused the antibiotics the doctor wanted too give me because off all the horror stories I’ve heard. (and because of no insurance)
    I just couldn’t believe it. Where did I go wrong?? Too much laundry detergent? Unprotected sex? The change in my diet from just moving out of moms house and being forced too live the ramin noodle diet of a college teen? And finally my doctor said one word “stress”.

    Obviously there’s no way too prove that that was the reason but it fits. The first time living on my own and worrying about bills and my own car can stress someone out and apparently alter your ph balance.

    At this point I’m still stuck with no insurance and I’m still too embarassed to talk about it with friends and close family, even my boyfriend. And I will not do antibiotics because of the risks of making it all worse. But I wanted too thank all the brave women on here that were willing too share their stories and advice with the world. You have helped me from thinking I’m lonely with some crazy STD. I’m going too stock up on vitamins, yogurt, healthy foods, and try some of the at home remedies. Ill make sure too keep you all updated too see what works for me and hopefully the same things can help you other ladies out there. Wish me luck!!

  114. Elizabeth on July 23rd, 2012 9:19 am

    I had the problem of getting bv, getting rid of it, them repeating the process over and over, I got so fed up with the smell and other obnoxious symptoms i just couldnt take it. Well after a lot of searching, vinegar baths, medicine, that i finally found that for me taking probiotic pearls and 2 400 mg folic acid pills a day worked really good, my symptoms went away within 3 days. Its has worked for two months now. Well I slipped up and didnt take any meds for about two weeks and it all started again. Even when I dont take my probiotics the folic acid does WONDERS. Ive started back on the pills and once again its started helping. I know that different things for different people work but I hope that helps someone… Also no purfumed washes only vagisil wash.

  115. RD on August 15th, 2012 6:23 am

    Bacterial vaginosis most certainly does itch for some. The first time I had it, was as a result of taking amoxicillin for adult acne (33 yo) – this completely disrupted my natural flora, which I knew could be a risk. So, I went to the dr & explained my symptoms, had a vaginal exam, & was prescribed flagyl – which worked like a charm. I stopped taking the amoxicillin for acne for about a year. I’m really tired of the acne again, so I’m back on it. Of course, weeks into taking it, my BV symptoms have come back. It does itch! It’s a different itch than yeast infections. BV’s itch is closer to the top of the labia, plus it’s a painful itch. Yeast infections itch closer to the vagina. The discharge is different, too.
    Bottom line, when your natural flora is off, your body reacts. Taking probiotics daily (yes, they’re expensive) for “vaginal health” – not just any probiotics, will be the best way to restore your own body’s natural flora.

  116. RD on August 15th, 2012 6:36 am

    Oh, and of course eating a healthy, balanced diet!

  117. c on October 21st, 2012 11:32 pm

    i am scared. i have had smelly discharge since january of 2012. i gets worse and less worse but never goes away! i need help drs, cant find nothing wrong with me :( im only 18!

  118. Liz on March 14th, 2013 8:24 pm

    Hi Ladies,

    I’ve had this condition for the past two years. A mixture of Ultimate Flora Vaginal Support Supplements (37.99+) and healthy waiting, regular exercise is keeping everything healthy within me. However an annual pap is recommended bc my obgyn found an abnormal pap and I had to get a colposcopy done to check for HPV or cancer. Go see your doctor if symptoms at still troubling u even after the metrodinazole! I did and I’m in the know.

  119. G on May 6th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Okay so I’ve been using water and bleach douches and enemas. Seem to be clearing me up. Just started and now I take baths with a 1/2 concentrated bleach. Make sure you are squeezing water inside and squeezing it back out. You will see old creams come out and everything.

  120. Lori on May 17th, 2013 11:25 pm

    I have dealt with BV for many years. I have had the constant discharge and itching. I have tried many trials of the gel-flagyl and clindamycin. I have also tried oral flagyl, with the symptoms to only quickly return. I believe diet plays a huge part. I was watching Dr. Oz one day and in this particular episode it talked about dairy causing and inflammatory response in the body. So I have cut out dairy completely, not even butter. I recently went to my ob/gyn and she did that lovely swab to test for BV amongst other ills. Mine came back all negative. So I will stick with no dairy.

  121. C on July 9th, 2013 2:57 am

    If I take femanol will this treat BV?

  122. Cindy on September 5th, 2013 2:28 am

    I’m 54 and am first being diagnosed with BV. No periods like everyone is having. But I’m going to try the various things I have read to see if I can control it naturally. We’ll see what happens. But what a great web site!

  123. Cindy on September 5th, 2013 2:30 am

    Also I didn’t have any symptoms, didn’t even know I had it. When I went for my annual, I was diagnosed.

  124. nikita on October 16th, 2013 6:50 pm

    umm… for EVERYONE who thinks that bv is not a painful condiction you are a very lucky girl. for a lot of women is doesn’t smell at all but it is incredibly painful. and I know what a yeast infection is thank you very much… I have had this problem in BOTH of its forms and one is caught for sexual intercourse and another from introduction of unfriendly foreign substances into the vagina. the first is contracted and smells bad the second has no smell but hurts like there is no tomorrow. If your infection smells I recommend trying to get your man to go with you or get a rx for antibiotics that he may in fact be the source of otherwise you WILL continue to be reinfected. the second type dose not require both partners to be treated as it is chiefly a inflammation of the vagina but is rooted in a bacterial infection

  125. Laura on November 14th, 2013 10:57 pm

    Just an FYI, I read an article that said flushing threw bacteria 6 feet around the toilet. It was then that I realized I had always sat on the toilet when I flushed. After I stopped my BV went away for the most part, I still get periodic infections but don’t keep one like I was. The other things I saw above that was interesting was I had been eating spinach alot and during a time that I was completly free of BV. So I am going back to spinach!

  126. Pris on October 8th, 2014 4:16 am

    I am 52 years old and my OB/GYN took me off birth control pills when I turned 50. I got BV about a year ago and went in for treatment. I had no idea what it was, other than it was horrible. I was treated with Flagyl gel and told to only use Dove soap. It took then entire treatment for me to get over the BV and then it started coming back again in one month. They kept wanting me to come in to see the PA which cost 130 plus the medicine. I started researching what I could do to get rid of this myself. After much research I have been able to rid myself of this horrible infection. I started taking Shaklee Liqui-Lea with iron twice a day. I took it twice a day for two weeks but I also took 2 garlic pills,2 VH Essetials probiotic plus cranberry, 2 Caprylic Acid, and 2 Now Candida Support. I am cutting back on the Liqui-Lea with iron to one teaspoon a day now. I tried all the douching with hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar and it seemed to help at first but then it would come back worse. I read not to douche at all because it destroys the good bacteria. My understanding is that we probably have an overgrowth of yeast in our system an you need to take all of these pills to get it under control. I cut out sugar and started eating only meat, vegetables and fruit. I am finally free of BV. I hope someone finds this information helpful. You can also check out this website which has a wealth of information

  127. Mary Matt on March 21st, 2015 12:47 pm

    I am 58 and recently had sex for the first time in about 10 years. We did not use a condom. About 2 weeks later, I noticed a lot of itching and discharge. I thought it was a yeast infection, used monistat, but the symptoms did not go away. I went to the gyno thinking I had contracted an STD from this man. She tested for all kinds of STD’s and yeast infections and everything came back negative. She didn’t diagnose me with anything in particular, but She prescribed metronidazole .75% to be used twice a day on the outside of my vagina, not vaginally. She said this would help with the discharge. It seems to be helping with the terrible itching, after using it for about 5 days, but I don’t know how this is suppose to help with the discharge. I’m not even sure that BV is what I have. I self diagnosed myself after reading about what metronidazole was prescribed for and the symptoms I was having. Has anyone used metronidazole topically and if so, did it work. Or were you prescribed metronidazole vaginally. Did it work? Thanks for all of you help and suggestions.

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