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Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis

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Bacterial vaginosis is a very common type of vaginal infection. Lots of ‘good’ bacteria as well as some ‘bad’ bacteria (like Gardnerella vaginalis) are normally present in the vagina. This mild infection occurs when the balance between the good and bad bacteria gets disturbed.

Common symptoms include excessive vaginal discharge, sometimes with a fishy odor, along with itching and occasionally pain during urination.

Experts are not sure what causes the bacteria to get out of balance, but certain factors can increase your risk of infection. Such factors include having more than one sex partner, a new sex partner, excessive smoking, and douching.

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Bacterial vaginosis is usually not serious and often goes away on its own. But it’s a good idea to treat it as soon as symptoms appear. Some simple home remedies can help you get rid of this annoying problem.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for bacterial vaginosis.

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar

An excellent home remedy for bacterial vaginosis is apple cider vinegar. Due to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar helps increase vaginal acidity. This makes it difficult for bad bacteria to survive and creates a better environment for good bacteria to thrive.

  1. Add one to two cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water.
  2. Sit in the bath water for about 20 minutes.
  3. Gently pat dry the vaginal area.
  4. Do this once daily until the condition improves.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the most common home remedies for bacterial vaginosis. Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria known as lactobacillus that help fight off bad bacteria and help maintain healthy vaginal pH balance.

  • Dip a cotton pad in yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash the area thoroughly with fresh water. Repeat three times a day until your symptoms are gone.
  • You may also dip a tampon in yogurt and put it in the vagina for one to two hours. Do this twice daily until the symptoms completely disappear.
  • Also, eat two cups of plain yogurt daily to help restore the vagina’s normal pH balance and minimize the growth of bad bacteria.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains natural antibacterial as well as antifungal compounds that help kill the germs that cause bacterial vaginosis. It will also combat the awful smell that is common with bacterial vaginosis.

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  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small bowl of warm water and stir it well. Use the solution to rinse your vagina. Do this once daily for three to four weeks.
  • Another option is to add three drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar to your lukewarm bath water and then soak in it for half an hour. Follow this remedy every other day for one to two months as needed.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can help treat bacterial vaginosis. Also, its antifungal properties will keep the bad bacteria in check.

  • Crush three to four garlic cloves. Smear the mashed garlic on the affected area. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse the area with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy once daily for several months.
  • Another option is to wrap one garlic clove in gauze and put it in the vagina. Leave it in for not more than half an hour as it can cause soreness. Use this treatment once daily for several days.
  • Also, eat garlic in raw or cooked form daily. If you cannot tolerate the taste of garlic, you can opt for garlic capsules after consulting a doctor.

5. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is highly beneficial for treating bacterial vaginosis. It will help improve the pH level in the vagina and boost the immune system to speed up the healing process.

  • Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, drink this water on an empty stomach. Do this daily for at least a month until you notice improvement in your condition.
  • Mix one teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a cup of yogurt. Eat it twice daily for several days until your symptoms subside.
  • Steep one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of hot water for about five minutes. Strain it, add little honey and drink this tea two or three times daily as long as needed.

6. Milk

Milk contains lactobacilli bacteria that make it as an excellent natural cure for bacterial vaginosis. Plus, milk helps strengthen the immune system.

  • Dip a tampon in chilled milk and insert it into your vagina. Keep the tampon in for one to two hours and then remove it. Do this once daily for several days to relieve symptoms.
  • Alternatively, add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk. Drink this mixture once daily until your condition improves.

Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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170 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Hi ladies,

    Thanks for all the info. I’d had bv once or twice in the past but this last year it’s been recurrent and a serious bother. I’ve been prescribed meds from my gyno multiple times. Have tried both oral meds and the vaginal kind. Both make me feel really sick and both cause a yeast infection every time, and the symptoms have been returning. Luckily I don’t itch or anything but there is a discharge sometimes and at times a slight odor. I’ve taken to showering multiple times a day and only cotton underwear. Sometimes I don’t wear them; trying to let it breathe. I’m intrigued by natural cures and remedies and have been diagnosed w/ bv and tested so I’m sure it’s not an STI or anything. I agree women who are unsure should get checked out first. I am wary of actually inserting foreign objects and/or food-type products vaginally; it just seems like a bad idea, and every doctor I’ve ever been to has told me never to douche and I’ve never tried that and not sure I want to go that route. I also would be curious to hear some updates from ladies who have tried this and that and how it’s worked out. To the younger girls who have posted – I understand about feeling uncomfortable talking to your moms about this. Is there some other woman you can talk to? Aunt? Older sister? Someone else’s mother? That might help. I think most mothers would be understanding though. Thank god for the internet!

  2. Hi everyone, it is such a relief to know I’m not the only one suffering from reoccurring bv. I seem to be allergic to sperm. I’m going to try some of these remedies so I can have a more productive sex life. Taking antibiotics is getting tiresome and I know its definitely not healthy. Thank you ladies.

  3. Hi ladies. I have had a bad bacterial infection for over a month now. The discharge is green and smells terrible I also itch really bad. I am so frustrated as the discharge comes out in blobs all the time feeling as if I peed myself. It’s so embarassing and frustrating at the same time. I have not had intercourse with my husband for over a month now and I bought betadine vaginal gel to treat the problem.it seemed to have been working and then boom it just gets worse again. For the first time a few days ago as it seemed to be much better i tried having intercourse and OMG how painful that was. I was itchy and swollen all over again. Up until now nothing us helping me. I’m so glad I came across this sight. I am going to try apple cider as of tomorrow and I hope it helps. My husband is already frustrated with me because of this and says I don’t do anything about it when I have tried so many things and nothing has helped.

  4. I’m 47yo and been dealing with BV the last 4 months. The first time I had even heard of it was after I goggled my symptoms that I began to experience since having a new sexual partner it’s been a nightmare ! I was treated with the usual antibiotics with some relief but have since started taking a week ago a supplement that has worked wonders to reduce and hopefully eliminate my discharge and itching.Also I’ve used calamine lotion for itching which actually has worked also ….I feel almost normal again.Thanx to everyone here for sharing ?

  5. Hello ladies,

    Can anyone provide any feedback? I have been using ACV for 3 days now, I don’t have a tub so I just wash in my shower with it, does this work also? or should I maybe sit in a bowl for 20 minutes? I wash and insert a finger so that I can get some ACV up there, should I be doing that or no? I have noticed a huge improvement but after a couple of hours the fishy smell will come back. I keep getting this after my period, its been 3 months now =(.

    How long did it take for your symptoms to completely go away after starting ACV?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Ladies, I’m giving feedback from over a month ago. I had initially started with the ACV and water baths for 20 minutes X5 days. I got quick results. But not totally free. I added probitics orally for about 2 weeks. I was almost symptom free. I had explained in my previous post that I had my first episode of BV right after having the Morena IUD inserted in 2012. A few weeks passed and that was the beginning of off and on symptoms. Some treated with oral antibiotics and a couple of times it went away by itself. Stress is a factor and we’ll it’s hard not to stress about BV. Well I have been routinely using ACV washes, not soaking. I plan to remove the IUD and again be treated with antibiotics next month. The symptoms are back near and around the labia and not vaginally. No discharge but the white film around my labia is constantly coming back. So I will repost what happens after the stupid IUD is removed. I pray that is the culprit. My hormones are way off since first having it. I am 49. I never had BV prior to the mirena IUD. I am dreading having intimacy with my boyfriend. Although I didn’t try the other suppository type that I read in the earlier posts from the ladies. I think while I wait for my appointment, I will look for those and give those a try. I also tried applying fat free plain Greek yogurt that did help as well. Good luck ladies. I will be back to report. I really need feedback as well. Please reply to help us all out. PLEASE. THANKS and bye for now.

  6. Fellow long time sufferer here (about a year). Also tried antibiotics 3 times, only to have the BV return after a month or two. Tried probiotic pills and inserts, which seemed to help at first, but not anymore. I read on another site that symptoms will subside if you insert a vitamin C (not the chewable kind and not the kind with rosehips because rosehips make it burn) into the vagina. Since Vit C is cheap and available everywhere I figured I’d try it since I wanted relief that day. Symptoms were gone the next morning, but it is a short term fix. And it makes the vagina acidic so then my other old foe (yeast) popped up with a vengeance. After reading posts here and some customer reviews, I just purchased Boric Acid suppositories. Fingers crossed that they will be a long term solution, but if you ladies need a quick fix until you can regroup and try for something long term, sleeping with a Vit C up there works.

  7. I’m a 42 yo mum of 4..and not as sexually active anymore since my husband died 5 years ago.. I had merena coil fitted and only developed problems after I had it inserted 4 years ago. Some good ideas here and I will try anything to get rid of the awful smell. I have good hygiene shower every day and change underwear twice daily but still plagued with discharge and smell. My mum has repeatedly told me there is a sour milk smell in my car but so embarrassed as I know it’s from me as even after an hour out of shower I am conscious of it myself. I’ve tried antibiotics from doc too but symptoms return after a week. The joys of being a woman! I’m trying ACV tonight. Fingers crossed.. I want to be back to normal down there

  8. I use the CHEWABLE vitamin C in the highest dosage I could find inserted vaginally and take an oil of oregano capsules daily for about a week. The vitamin C will work overnight and the oil of oregano acts as somewhat of an antibiotic to keep it gone. I have read that theven vitamin C has given some woman a yeast infection but I haven’t had that issue. I only take the oil of oregano for a week because any longer than that I get diarrhea… I hope this helps someone.

  9. Hey all,
    I’m SOOO glad I found this site! The past 3 months, I have been getting BV. I was tested by the gyno and given metro gel 3 times and it still comes back. I don’t have the itchiness or grayish discharge (mine is still clear) but I do have a smell (not really fishy) but I can’t stand it. I love having sex and the past few months it has gone downhill since having this. I don’t want to right now ? After about a year of not having sex, I just starting dating someone a few months ago too (which I’m linking to why I’m getting BV) I’m embarrassed and feel I can smell it even when sitting get on a couch. Anyways…we all are here, bc we are sooo done with it! I am such a clean freak and I just don’t know why I keep getting this. I am totally trying the ACV baths …I’ve been taking probiotics as well! I want to have sex again! I’m so frustrated! Thank you for all your comments….I hope everyone will find what works for them and get relief and be rid of this nasty infection.

  10. K….Hi everyone, such a great site. I have suffered with BV for the past two years. Can anyone tell me if the boring acid suppository pills work? This is so embarrassing and the smell is terrible. I’m going to try the apple cider vinegar too (acv). Thank you for all your suggestions, it’s good to know I’m not alone in this.

  11. I recently gained a new sexual partner and within days noticed the symptoms. I came across a few different sites for remedies. The method I chose was soaking a tampon in organic extra virgin coconut oil and then adding 3-4 drops each of tea tree and oregano essential oil and then inserting. I left in for about 2 hrs and did this for about 3 days. The odor and discharge is gone but I still feel something’s not quite right with my “girl” just yet. I am taking a bath tonight with tea tree drops added in and will try acv either tomorrow or the following day. But aside from the “something’s just not right” feeling, I’m happily “normal” again.

  12. Dear ladies,

    I’m glad I stumbled across this site. I was diagnosed with BV (bacterial vaginosis) two years ago and it has not gone away. Some ladies posted that they were infected after having an IUD inserted and I think that is what happened to me as well. I had never had any vaginal issues prior and suddenly after having an IUD inserted there is now this condition. I believe the IUD impacts the vaginal flora in some way. I’m in my mid-thirties and married. My husband is (and has ever been) my only sexual partner. I didn’t have any noticeable symptoms except for a lot of discharge, which I didn’t actually notice. My doctor noticed it during my annual pap smear, ran some tests (she initially suspected an STD) and diagnosed it as BV. I was and am still quite shocked. I lead a healthy lifestyle (exercise, nutrition, no tobacco, no alcohol) so any medical issue is surprising. I didn’t have any redness, itching and no odor that I could tell, but I do have to wear pantyliners everyday and change them frequently. My doctor said that the excessive discharge is indeed a symptom. A different doctor told me to eat yogurt as a possible remedy. I eat yogurt for breakfast several times a week but I still have the BV. Since my initial diagnosis, I have taken four rounds of two different antibiotics (two rounds of Flagyl, two rounds of clindamycin–I’m unsure of the spelling–one in suppository form and one in pill form). The doctor even prescribed two of these rounds to my poor husband. I’m interested in finding out if these natural remedies are effective. I don’t want to keep pumping my body with antibiotics. The worse part is that my husband had to take them too.

    I have a question to the readers of this site: many women state that after using the natural remedies, the BV is gone. I would like to know how they know this for certain. Are they going to the doctor for lab work? I’ve been to the doctor three times over the past few years and I have lab results performed which scientifically prove that the infection is still there. Is it just that the external symptoms are gone (odor, itching) or that they have gone to the doctor and had some lab tests performed?

    If I return to the doctor for more lab results (I recently finished round 4 of antibiotics) and if it is found that I am still infected, I will experiment with the natural remedies described on this website.

    Thanks for reading my post. I wish all of you good health!

  13. I’m 18 and I’ve had the same sexual partner. The first two times we had intercourse I was fine but after the last time I noticed something was wrong. I knew that either coconut oil or tea tree oil was good for pretty much EVERYTHING. I’ve been diluting tea tree oil applying it and also soaking a tampon in coconut oil and the smell and irritation is GONE. I’ve been feelings gross and embarrassed lately but I feel normal again. Also Rephresh gel helps too. This works for me and I hope this can help a lot of other woman going through this situation and gain your confidence back. Since this isn’t harmful and helps balance your pH I feel like regular and a few days a week doing this will keep BV gone FOR GOOD! I hope this helps !!

  14. Hello everyone. I am not clinically diagnosed with BV but I do have the fishy smell in my vagina. I have white discharge and fishy smell. I think I have been suffering for over a year now. I can’t stand the fishy smell and I’m embarassed with the smell every time I have sex. Can someone help me which one is the quickest and most effective home remedies?

  15. I used to be prone to VB, UTI’s and yeast infections (the terrible cycle of the two) and was constantly being prescribed antibiotics that whack out your flora. After explaining my troubles with my Doc she prescribed me boric acid suppositories, et voila! Within a few days the issues were relieved! I experienced a lot of pain from my BV for some reason (doc thought it could be a deeper yeast infection) and both the pain and smell were gone fairly quickly.

    Over the years since then, I’ve kept up on a probiotic-heavy diet– fermented pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, yogurts and kevasse to help balance the intestinal flora. Any sign of possible irritation down there, I wash and rinse with a bit of apple cider vinegar, and moisturize with a bit of organic cold-pressed coconut oil and a tiny drop of tea tree (which totally helps thwart acne).

    Hope you all find the relief you’re looking for!

  16. I’ve have frequent encounters with BV for the last few years. Up until recently I’d taken every antibiotic known to treat this type of infection and after years of doung so I finally got to a point where my body became immune to the treatments so now they no longer work for me (yes I took them THAT much). I decided that until I could get to the bottom of this i was no longer going to have sex, so I stuck with that decision until I few months back when I met someone, it first started with him performing oral sex on me, immediately aftet I would go urinate to flush my system, wash with a gentle unscented wash, dip a tampon in Organic ACV, insert it and let it sit for about 1 hour and it worked!!! We then moved up and started having sex, i tried the same remedy and it worked you guys so I think it’s worth a try. On top of all of this I would also recommend drinking PLENTY OF WATER, it works wonders for our bodies! Good luck ladies!

  17. Drink some apple cider vinegar. I have suffered from BV and Thrush for about 6 years. Using creams, gels, pessaries etc.
    Since drinking apple cider vinegar its all gone. 3 or 4 teaspoon in a glass of water, once in the morning and once at night I’m so used to the taste now I drink it during the day in hot water. Excellent stuff.. Try it.

  18. Alright… I took a bath with apple cider vinegar and water for 2 days, feel like it didn’t work. After that i decided you know what let me just not use a loofah to scrub myself. And i think not using it for these past 2-3 days is helping me a lot. I’ve been using the same loofah for too long and i think that was what was causing my vag to smell. It hasn’t been smelling like anything down there. It’s starting to smell/feel like a normal vagina again. Usually after i shower the smell would come right back. But this has been the longest i’ve gone without it smelling. I’m feeling pretty good

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