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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.

home remedies for bacterial vaginosis

Here are the top 10 home remedies for bacterial vaginosis.


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.


bacterial vaginosis home remedy

  • 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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  1. im very thankful for these very helpful remedies,i can used them to prevent or to cure some of my illness that I am suffering and also for my daughter sake,thank you and more power,had more people you can help to cure in naturel curement

    1. Greetings ladies. .this bv is a nasty culprit huh.. we can all agree.. I’ll tell ya’ll how to solve this..three main things that causes bv…changing sex partners, stress, and the menstrual cycle. For me, it’s the first two..but mostly stress…I had bv for a year, every month after my cycle, it pops up. .I was going through a rough time and stressing a lot, then I became a vegan and cut a lot of things out my diet, especially sugar… it went away and never came back till last yr for the first time. I had a new boyfriend and the first time we had intercourse I got bv. He also turned out to b a monster and put me thru extreme stress which kept bv coming bac..also I was eating some things again, like sweets and chips, and I think that had a lot to do with it coming bac as well.. so now I’m going completely vegan, no junk watsoever and im gonna make sure i DO NOT STRESS. to make it short. ..proper diet, no stress and lots of water and yogurt. Apple cider works too… whenever im doing well and stressfree, I have no bv. Not that you hav to go vegan, but at least a alanced diet….and limit sex partners. . I think the simple solution is just a balanced life period…good luck ladies. …may the vicious bv forever disappear. ..

      1. Hey i totally agree with what you said. Now whenever i get stressed out I get BV, My gyno said its Normal just drink water regularly and even recommended a therapist. Only thing that sucks is Im in a relationship and sex is a must for both me and him. And hes stressful

        1. I do believe that there is a definite confusion between diagnosis of BV and SDT. is it trichomonas or BV??? Realy because every time i have sex with my partner I think it is being transmitted back and forth. third time now , I am antibiotics in the last 6 months. something wrong in the medical treatments. I mean in the actual diagnosing. They are handing out to much of antibiotics which is harming people.

        1. I need to know as well.. I’m gonna try the vinegar I’ve lived with bv for last year, the pills make me so sick, taking with milk makes it better, but as soon as am done with meds 3-6 day’s later it’s back.. No new sex partner’s but stressed out 24/7..I do have Interstitial cystitis which I’m told causes this n yeast which I get faithfully, I even take probiotic still get it

    2. The garlic clove in a gauze worked the best for me. The acidophilus yogurt works second best for me. I also stay away from bread and sweets.

  2. Omg. Thank you for posting this.. I took a medium size bowl and filled it up with hot water and Apple cider vinegar. I stay on there for 10 min. And I was relieved off the symptoms.this the only thing that relief me. I also took the oil of oregano by mouth and applied it to the outer area of my vagina with olive oil mix. I will be doing this everyday for a two weeks.And let you know if I have been fully cured. Thx for this.

  3. Your not supposed to put anything into your vagina. You’ll upset it’s ph balance. If you have an infection you can talk a bath with Apple cider vinegar……but otherwise go see a doctor, and wear cotton underwear.

    I also heard wearing a period cup instead of tampons and pads works wonders to prevent infections…..so think about that.

    Also you can’t wash the inside of your vagina but can wash the outside. Your vagina self cleans.

    1. Hey Denise, that is the exact reason why we are all here. The antibiotics that they give, does not work. I have BV from when I had a UTI (from the antibiotics) and prescribed medication 3 different times to cure it. All it did was make me sick, keep the symptoms away while I was on it, and then it returns. Home remedies like this help wonders, verses the medication they prescribe. What else is there to do when you’re in a situation like that?

      1. Yes Adrienne!!!! I agree and our vagina DOES not cleans itself!!! We as women have to do our job and wash twice daily with mild soap. I often wipe my vulva putter area with apple cider vinager..

        1. The vagina self cleans, hence the normal discharge you see.
          Secondly, youre not suppose to use soap around your vagina, as it can cause your pH to drop because soap is an alkaline. Even the mildest soap can cause your pH to drop drastically. Clean,warm water and a rag will do.

          1. exactly. I have had two dr tell me the same thing only water in the area. I don’t even use a rag. I only use my hand to get the water in the area

        2. OMG! YES, our v’jayjays are in fact self cleasing! But yes we are supposed to cleanse as much of it that we can inside and out (unless ya like being nasty!)

      2. Exactly! I agree with you Adrianne. I have been to the doctors over and over again on 3 different antibiotics only to have it back soon after. Home remedies are the way to go. Doctors and phar make too money off of their patients to go back to the old school remedies like our ancestors did. Plus none of the side effects of the meds. I just love this site!!! Thank you!

        1. I have time same problem and our seems like they give me meds for the bv but then i get a yeast infection in going to try the vinegar and yogurt. This is crazy what my doctor is doing.

        2. The antibiotics docs prescribe kill ALL bacteria not just the bad ones and therefore thats what creates another problem later because you have to take it upon yourself to reintroduce good bacteria from yogurt or other sources. I dont personally use antibiotics at all for the problem but its not necessarily that the antibiotics dont work its just that its only half of the problem and the doctors dont care enough about us or dont know themselves enough to explain that to us. But naturally using organic unflavored yogurt is easy and effective to use as step two to repopulate your vagina with good bacteria and maintenence once a week can keep it balanced permenantly.

      1. Its a little flexible bowl that inserts inside the vagina. It sits near the cervix and catches the blood. You remove it rinse it and reinsert it. You can even have sex with it in. I have used one for years. They have disposable types and more expensive non disposable that you wash and store between. They are less expensive and save on trash and smells and are easier to use all around. Purchase at whole foods or other natural health stores.

        1. I am glad for this site. Like many of you I pay my doctor so much money just for the problem to come back. I will be trying these things out.

  4. Thanks this is an awesome way to get quick home treatments without the high cost of some medicine…this originates from our ancestors!!!!

  5. I have had bv for months. The pills the docter gave me havnt worked and im itching like crazy. Im gonna try the Apple cidar vinigar and take a bath. Love this site!

    1. This may make smell worst try coconut oil let tampon fill with it and us it also yogurt has helped me before also but at this point with me it keeps coming back so I’m trying the garlic its not fishy but is garlicky lol but I’ll do anything so don’t smell fishy

    2. Sometimes they have to increase the dosage or strength of the medication in order for it to work especially if you have recurring infections. …that is my experience

    3. Me too jenny, I’m tired of spending money every two months and it comes back, that is crazy….I pray this works….

  6. I am honestly really sad and embarrassed about how I have this infection. I get scared to tell my mom sometimes because I’m only 14 and it’s just uncomfortable walking around like this. I really want to use these home remedies but I don’t feel like my mother would let me. At this point, I will do anything for it to just go away. I’ve tried feminine wash and anti-itch cream, and all it did was take away the scent. I’m really sick of it and I’d really like to move on from this annoying stage. I just need to build the confidence to speak to my mother.

    1. Girl you can do it! Do these home remedies and it will work! Talk to your mom please! she will support you 🙂

      1. Yes, Lanet talk with your mother, it will surprise you at how understanding she will be. She can help you a lot and she would want you to tell her.

    2. Hi Lanet,

      Buy what you need to help your condition. Garlic can be left in the refrigerator, yogurt too. Why say anything to your mom. These are household items. No one will notice.

      1. Right Michelle do it and don’t say anything I don’t tell my husband the garlic is my new step every thing else helped a lil for the moment next month back take sew thread and sew it into the garlic a couple times because u will have a hard time getting out u don’t want to go to hospital because u can’t get out aff

    3. All so i no your 14 but real talk a lot of kids r having sex dont mean u r most of the time if it dont go away it be a sexual transmitted infection

    4. Lenet and Kiara you both really need to speak with your mothers about this especially if you are having sex (not saying you are) but if you are it could possibly be something worse! (STD) Some STD’s left untreated could cause more damage! Go to your mothers girls because it sounds like you both “maybe” assuming you have BV.. (Which it could possibly be but better safe than sorry)

    5. First off there is nothing to be ashamed of. This is a normal part of being a girl. Every female gets this at some point. Talk to your mom she can help. She may have had this at one time herself. Keep your chin up.

    6. Lanet I had same problem since your age it don’t go away sorry to say I’m 37 I have not found a solution That takes it away for ever coconut oil helped but next month it back also the yogurt Is the same but it will make things a lot betct

    7. Lanet,
      I read comments from july so i may be a little late with this. From a nurses point of view. Are you sure it is Bacterial vaginosis? Yeast infections can have order and itch as well. I don’t know rather you are sexually active or not but two other things can bring on these infections too, Stress and your monthly mensus. Ph gets upset and here come the troubles. I work with a Nurse Practitioner who also believes in home remedies. Most are natural and better for you than a synthetic chemical. If your symptoms persist or worsen, it would be wise to see a physician for you may have another underlying problem.

      1. what would you personally think I have been to the dr many many times Nd its from my mens. cycle as to what she thinks so I have to take this meds. once a month and as soon as I stop it comes back or its a new month. I have never used home remedy and I would like to give it a shot . any dr that I have seen wont suggest to home remedies.

    8. Have you visited the doctor with this problem. If u haven’t you should. Just don’t want you to treat the wrong thing. Once it has been confirmed by the gyno go right ahead and use these remedies.

    9. Sweetheart, never be afraid to tell your mom what’s going on with you. If not your mom, someone close to you where maybe they can convey for you. But, it’s a must that you search your soul and figure out why…you afraid to share with your mom.

    10. Honey let her see this site an comments that how so many ladys at all ages go through this problem. Im a 43-yr old that’s single and id never lie about this especially to you your young and I know your unfortable im.not at all sexual active I haven’t been for MANY yrs now ,,so when I went to my dr and he told me this is start I had I tripped out wondering why and how I possibly caught THIS honey its nothing that we catch it’s simply just being a female THINGS WE GO THROUGH IN.LIFE BUT I ALSO WAS UPSET AND EMBARRASSED TO DEATH .. HE HAVE ME ANTIBIOTICS CALLED BACTIM AND YES THEY DID WORK BUT LESS THEN 7 months later Bam I got it again !!!- thats why im. In.this site because im.very much into home remedies I actually am on here SOMETHING totally different .. But had to check this out incase I have another episode of this ever again LOL iv noticed iv had to fix several sentences and many words since I been.writting you sweety so I opoligize if things are miss spelled and words are blending in.together .. anyways I hope mother supprts you with this I myself have a 19 yr old so I titally know that kids go through things as,well as us adults … Praying all go.s well for you honey

      1. I too am older. I am 52 yrs old, 1st year with BV, 2nd round. I haven’t been sexually active since 2012. So I was completely baffled and this is completely new to me. The antibiotics make me sick. I’m surprised of the things I can do at home. It is uncomfortable and embarrassing. I am a Diabetic. I believe our bodies can be healed by eating better. Eliminating culprits such as sugar. I love Coke. It’s one thing I drink a lot of, so now I will be eliminating it from my diet and trying alkaline water. I am also a Mom of 4 girls. I would want my girls to come to me so we could work this out together.

  7. I swear I got BV if is sneezed wrong. I just couldn’t get it to quit. I found so much stuff for homeopathic cures and the only one that worked was the apple cider vinegar. I put it in the bath and stayed put till the water went cold. Instant relief. I did it for a week. Guess whose been BV free for months? This girl!! I’m so happy. Seriously though, give it a try. You’re not chopping down on so much garlic every vampire in Transylvania is gagging, you’re not putting anything up there, you’re just taking a nice soothing bath….with vinegar. I doubted. Now I don’t, because the funkiest thing about my monkey is it’s health! (Yeah I totally called my jay jay a monkey lol)

    1. I had BV and after getting it so much that cause of my BV was stress, so stop stressing if u are! N yes the vagina self cleans, but when u have BV u just want to get rid of it so I went to doctor n got pills and it works, but new time I’m trying those remedies 🙂

      1. I’ve had bv for many years and usually my sex partner knocks it right on I’m so aggravated so I’m trying the Apple cider ill let yall know how it works

        1. please let me know how apple vinegar worked. I have tried vitamins and the symptoms got better but didnt dissapear. (C and B complex) I am a medicine student so I will do a research of this, I promise, so our experiences will help other people, but please let me know your recommendations and experiences. I had a boyfriend (my first sex partner) and everything went ok, but when I broke up with him and started a new relationship with my new boyfriend I got VB and like all of you I have had it since january and we are november…. so I´m trying apple vinegar and I will let you know. Keep the faith and lets keep in touch to get force and hope! blessings.

  8. I hope these remedies will get rid of the smell. It’s ridiculous! I’m trying the yogurt tampon to see if I can get rid of the infection and smell. I will definitely let you ladies know how it works. The metro gel usually works for me but its very expensive.

  9. Hello Ladies, I have suffered with bv for years. I have tried vh essentials, metronidazole, probiotics and peroxide all of which helped but it always came back. I stumbled upon what is called baking soda therapy

    Baking soda is a natural chemical compound that restores health, cleanses the body and eradicates toxic substances and effective at restoring balance in the body without harsh chemicals or toxins.
    I eat healthy, and run 3-4 times a week however I drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar in each cup a day. I realized that this might be the culprit but I LOVE COFFEE and SUGAR!

    I started doing the Baking Soda Therapy and within days, the bv started clearing up and it has stayed that way for several months. Every morning I mix a teaspoon of baking soda into about 12 ounces of water (a tall cup) and drink. The only draw back is the taste, it is like drinking a tall cup of salt water however, the benefits are amazing! It has worked wonders for me. Give yourself atleast half hour before or after a meal as to not mess with your digestive process. Maybe start with half a teaspoon and gradually increase as your body gets use to it.

    I did not have to combine this with any other methods however if it doesn’t do the trick for you, perhaps combine it with probiotics and vh essentials. I hope this helps. Good luck!

    1. Wow. Thank you Lia. I drink a lot of coffee and have been thinking of drinking green tea instead. It’s much healthier for you without the crash. I love baking soda!! It had so many other benifits as well. It kills all other types is odors as well and never thought of useing it for bv. Thank you God another great idea to add to the list!

  10. Lia..thank you for this information. I really hopes this does the trick. I have had BV for at least 8 months now and I am beyond sick of it. The discharge is so embarrassing and I have to wear a light day/maxi pad almost every single day. I have been prescribed pills at least 10 times but it never works… I will start the Baking Soda tomorrow and let you guys know how it works. #BVmustgo

    1. Tracy and everyone else. Your first defense is always plain yogurt. I am treating myself now. I think my BV is a culmination of stress and me eating too many sweets brought BV about. I get instant relief but I will be treating myself for a week and going back to my nutribullet green smoothies. You will have to buy monistat just to get the applicator. I did. Monistat cream is not for BV its only to treat yeast infections. I haven’t had BV since my college days in the 90’s. I was told then I could use plain yogurt and never forgot about it.

  11. thank you for these information. I am virgin and my vaginal discharge is almost yellow most of the time.it is not clear and milky. but i don’t have other symptoms. it is odorless and i don’t have itching or burning. my discharge is not excessive. once i took metronidazole for 7 days and it seemed that my discharge turned clear,but again it became yellow. i don’t know if it is normal or not. i have read everywhere that BV has fishy odor and itching.but i don’t have these symptoms.please someone tell me,if i am normal or not.

    1. I read the odour is fishy or musty, for me, musty when on my period. I read several sites but they did not say BV causes itchiness. Before having antibiotics again ask your doctor to take a swab and have your discharge tested.

    2. You might want to have your doctor do a culture for yeast infection. Either way, the yogurt, garlic, vinegar, and/or baking soda should help with bacterial or yeast infection.

  12. Hello! I have suffered from BV on and off for almost one year. At first I kept hoping the anti biotics would eventually end it, but in fact I believe they make it worse in the long run. I have tried all of the remedies above. They have all made a positive diff in some way, albeit not a permanent one. UNTIL NOW! Please please try apple cider vinegar pills. They are inexpensive, and I find it easier to take frequently than downing the vinegar straight. I take 2 pills in the morning along with a vaginal-support probiotic (50 billion per capsule), and then I take 2 more apple cider pills in the evening. Boom, gone. So far permanently. If I have mild discomfort I use some distilled water mixed with lavender and tea tree oil… Mostly water only a few drops of the oils. You’ll be able to adjust to your liking. I have a bottle of that mixture and when I need it I soak a cotton pad and wipe with that. It feels amazing, and best if all it is fabulous to use if you wanna freshen up for your man, you’ll smell like flowers baby! Xo

    1. Hey again! I just bought all of these ingredients and hopefully they work!! Thank you!! One more thing my acv pills say only take two a day…. Should I only take two a day and then drink a teaspoon of acv in the evening or did you ignore the bottle and still take four a day?

      1. Hello I’m not on here to comment on your post but just to say my son has your name. Spelled the same way. I’m amazed because I thought he was the only Kamali in the world. I hope they work as well. Good luck!!!

    2. Thank you sooo much for this information because I’ve been going through this for a long time I am tried of the fishy smell and the discharge I can’t wait till tomorrow so I can purchase the acv pills I’ve been prescribe antibiotics but it only goes away while taken medication so hopefully this works thanks for the info

      1. Thanks for the information Linzi. I will definitely be trying the ACV PILLS and the Oils sounds more of my type of treatment, im praying this works! Thanks a bunch?

    3. Linzi, one of the best ideas i have read on here! I especially appreciate the lavender/tea tree oil regimin you created. I am trying that as soon as tomorrow! Never heard of apple cider vinegar PILLS but i’m buying those and taking 5 a day.

    4. Hello Ladies, I am so happy to have found this home remedy site. I’ve delt with BV for almost 4 years. I also just realized it started after having the Morena IUD inserted to help my very long menstruation cycles because of perimenopause. My boyfriend and I had sex prior and no bv. But since the IUD also has birth control laced to it. I noticed my normal discharge was different, not bad but different. Then the bv started.I was treated with antibiotics and told not to use pads. Just use cotton underwear. Months would pass and again. I am so done with antibiotics. That can’t be good in the long run. So I have been doing the acv baths for 3 days now. And after peeing only at home though, I rinse with acv and warm water. So far the oder is gone. That discharge that we naturally have in the vulva is not as thick. I am still not in the clear. I haven’t had sex with my boyfriend because I am so self conscious about it. I had told him one time that my doctor said when a man has not been circumsized, that he needs to pull back the foreskin well and clean it well. He does because I checked it. I have tons of stress and eat way too much sugar. So that will change. I also started to eat other types of probiotics to my diet. I will reply with my out come of all these remedies. Chin up ladies. Wishing us all a full recovery and balance 🙂

  13. I also had this itching it comes and goes and its now two years… am going to try these remedies… thank you

    1. Jenelle coconut oil or especially the yogurt will make any itching relief use in and out side use tampon for inside small pad in the outside with a little bit of yogurt

      1. Hey! Just a question about the yogurt; does it have to be completely plain while eating it? Is it okay to add just a little honey or does that ruin the point? Just cuz I can’t eat plain yogurt without a little flavour. Also, does the coconut oil work for removing the odour and itchiness? Thanks for all the help btw I had no idea this infection even existed before! (They don’t teach you a lot in sex Ed…)

  14. I hv had bv for about 4 years and nothing helps I hv stopped taking baths as much, I only wear cotton underwear with a pantyliner and I dont wear tampons only pads O well I hope the info I hv gotten helps…

  15. I’m suffering with this BV. I feel embarrassed every time my boyfriend and I have sex he doesn’t even go down on me anymore because he knows once we start intercourse the smell will appear. There has even been times he wouldn’t stay hard because of the smell. I feel like the antibiotics have only made it worst. I’m going to give the apple cider remedy a try. I pray that it works because I’m only 22 and this is so stressful to not even enjoy my intimate life. Even in school I can smell the odor coming through. Sigh why me? 🙁

    1. I know what you mean the acv worked for me but i also realized the reason i was getting bv often was because of oralsex With my bf. Make sense since our mouths have a ton of germs in them maybe after you try some of these remedies Your bf could wash his mouth thoroughly beforehand and always use a condom. Thats what helped me. oh and keep your vaginal area dry. I wore pads during the day when i was using some of the remedies and it stopped the smell from coming though my clothes.good luck

    2. sounds just like me , I use the apple cider method and also drink a table spoon of baking soda in a glass of water . So far it has worked my boyfriend has definitely notice the difference

    3. Not sure if this is going to help you, however, I have the same issue with the smell at times but what I found to help keep those smells in check when you are out and about is to wear Always Discreet sensitive Bladder liners with odor lock. I swear, you will never smell yourself again. These little liners keep the smell down there and no one will be able to smell you, not even yourself. Good Luck

  16. I’m happy I’ve come across this site, I 1st had BV 25yrs ago and the past two years it has come back!!! Yoghurt worked then, going to try that with the apple cider baths!!! I’ll keep everyone posted on how it works!!

  17. Hey ladies! Thanks for all the tips. I bought monistat 3 times without it helping. Came across this site and I’m so thankful! I soaked some apple cider vinegar in a paper towel and put it right up to myself. It worked and I only had to do it once for about 20 mins. I suppose you could saturate a pad and do the same thing. The yogurt would work with a pad I’m sure or milk maybe too. That Way you Wont have to deal with the uUncomfortable Feeling of A tampon While you are itching.

  18. I’ve had these awful symptoms for 6 months now and they are terrible, I have a new partner and I am just not able to relax and enjoy sex, due to the wetness there is very little sensation for either of us and the odour before but especially after sex is awful. I am definitely going to try the apple cider vinegar bath this weekend so fingers crossed it works and I can get back to enjoying sex again!!!

  19. Hello ladies, i take a lot of these things every day, I take a tbs of acv 2 times a day and garlic 4 times a day with yogurt probiotics but the minute I get sick and my immune system break down I get bv. So I’m going to try the bath. I hope it works! Thank you

  20. Three trips to the doctor. The latest lab results won’t be available until Monday. Two different medications helped briefly. The BV comes right back. The persistent itching is frustrating. My boyfriend and I are taking a break while I deal with this. But I really want it to be over. I’ll try the apple cider bath. Thank you for the post.

  21. I’ve experience this for many years and I must say I tried everything.. I was given the answer.peroxide and water. I douche twice a day for two days I kid you not I have not had that issue again.

  22. Thanks to all the ladies this really helps me. Im so embarrassed my husband is asking what is going on and why i dnt want to have sex but i just feel so nasty but i will try tje yogurt and coconut oil.

  23. The second time of BV infection, I drank a drink called kefir (1.5 cups per day) and inserted some (2 tablespoons) into my vagina. Within 2 days I started seeing results!

  24. I thought im alone with VB it started 4 years back ive been in and out to doctors bt nothing helped the symptoms disappeared and then cone back after few weeks it causes discomfort. And whenvits itchy I go crazy. I used fixime metronidazole and doxytet quite a few times but nothing work they just made the symptoms disappear for a week and then the itchiness comes back.

  25. The first time I found out I had bacterial vaginosis I was 19. The doctor prescribed some pills including (flagyl) the symptoms went away but came about 2 years later. Again I went to the doctor got the same type of pills but this time it went away but came back even sooner and it goes away and always comes back. The worst part of BV is the awful smell. It made me so self conscious as I was always left thinking if everyone around me could smell it. I used the apple cider vinegar as a douche and swear ladies it’s the best. After one use the smell was completely gone! After day 2 little to no secretions, this message was a god send. I plan on continuing the apple cider douche but also buying the pro biotic pills. I’m excited that another method actually works as I was tired of going to the doctor.

    1. Thanks genese! I’m about to give the ACV bath a try right now! I have been suffering from BV for almost 3 yrs. It leave but comes right back. I am nervous about inserting some of the ACV inside of me. Maybe I’ll hold off on that part and give the bathing a try first. Wish me luck!

      I promise to keep everyone posted on my outcome. I read the previous comments and some said they would update everyone but i didnt see any updates. I will let you know for sure if this actually works. Got my fingers crossed….

      1. BV is a serious confidence killer. We’ve got to help ourselves. I’m just confused about bacterial vs infectious vs viral vs hormonal. Hopefully I’ll be properly diagnosed today. Thank God for an understanding husband but I’m gonna beat this thing and get my quality of life back!

  26. I have had bv since I was 17. I am 25 now and my symptoms seems to have gotten worst. I have been to the doctor numerous times but the antibiotics prescribed never works. The smell is awful and since lately it seems like everyone every where I go can smell it, even from a couple feet away. I have been under a lot of stress lately and it has definitely stemmed from bv. I stopped working and quit school because the stares and comments are too hard to deal with. I am determine to get rid of this and wont stop till I do. Last month I took a dose of metronidazole that only worked for a few days so I decided to try home remedies. I figured out that sperms as well as scented soaps, sweating and my urine make my odour worst. Last night I douche with peroxide in warm water that I heated on the stove. Then I did a apple cider vinegar douche right after. This morning when I woke up I couldn’t smell anything. I repeat the process this morning and the smell was gone. Also for the past two days I drank a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water in the mornings, avoided meat, sodas and sugar and I am taking vitamin d supplements to help boost my immune system. I’m going to douche with the peroxide and then apple cider vinegar for about three more days then watch what happens.

    1. I know this works I did it. The only difference is I mixed the peroxide with the apple cider vinegar . Miracles but I inserted the probiotic pill too. Home remedies are the best….

  27. Ladies, reading these post had me thinking about the trauma that I faced for many years and couldn’t get it together. A few months ago I read on a site with options and my goodness they worked and continue to work.

    One lady said to put the probiotics in the vaginal area over night and I was very relunctant because they always say do not put anything in your vaginal area and don’t douche. Well she said first take a douche bottle and put half apple cider vinegar and half peroxide with some warm water and then overnight insert the pill . Insert the pill three days in a row. and use the tea tree oil the next day just to wipe the outside . When I tell you this has saved my life……Ladies I am here to tell you it works. Now after intercourse I make sure to wash and enter a pill just to make sure that this awful thing doesn’t come back and I have been set free. Ladies it work for real. I can’t stress this enough……..try it you won’t be sorry!!!!!!!!!!

    1. You’re right it seems whenever I put the Pro biotic pills or a garlic clove in me I can never smell anything.

  28. Thanks alot for this information, since Jan this year, after I have heard of apple cider vinegar, l havent been to a Doctor for the treatment of vaginal problems. l just drink a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar everyday. Cant believe Im free from the embarrassment l felt every time l had to take my v to the doctor.

    1. So glad I asked this question and it lead me to this site about the BV its such an embarrassment when it comes to sex. Thank you ladies for all the suggestions trying the Apple Cider Vinegar hope it works cant wait to feel confident again 🙂

    2. Just tried a glass of ACV. Unbelievable! An hour later, symptoms have improved drastically!!!! Can’t wait to see if there is continual improvement. I may try the ACV bath also. Thanks Dimpho

  29. Drinking warm Lemon water in the morning before eating and then at night before bed, helps tremendously!!! Just go buy a big bottle of fresh lemon juice and add to your warm cup of water.

  30. I’m 14 and I’m really worried. I think I have BV but I’m not sure. My period ended two days ago and that is when it started. Right when my period ended. I have this varrying discharge that really worries me. The first day it was a light brown which turned into a yellowish color. I tried a hydrogen peroxide “cleanse” using 5ml of water and 5ml of peroxide in a syringe. The next time I used the restroom there was blood that looked kinda old so it could be from my period that just ended. After each time I use the rinse there is the old blood. Otherwise it is yellow or brown. It has a fishy odor and occasional itching. I am a virgin so it can’t be from switching partners. I really don’t want to talk to my mom because she will freak out and make a huge deal out of it 🙁 please help me! Should I continue too use the peroxide and see if it improves? I have used it twice.

    1. Your mum will so not freak out about it. Haven’t you read all the posts of so many women who have it? It’s the most common vaginal infection so don’t freak out, your mum has probably had it too and can help you out.

  31. Ok ladies… Touchy issue but deff a common one. My BV is recurring and sometimes its just a yellowish discharge with no smell… Very irritating. I started the apple cider vinegar (3days in) and I take the probiotic orally for the last 7 days…

    Update. On day three the discharge was nearly completely gone. I just sit in a disposable bowl of water and vinegar like a pre soak before I shower. I gently insert a finger to make sure it really cleansing the area. The smells gone, the discharge is nearly gone, the itch is gone. I’ve read about the peroxide treatment but I decided to give this a try before I insert anything. Will continue for another week and update.

  32. I am for home remedies, but for people that haven’t been diagnosed how can you be sure what you have. Young girls should talk to their mother’s and see a doctor. If you have a sexually transmitted disease you better go to the doctor.
    You need to know what is wrong before you can treat yourself even at home!!!

  33. Doctors STOP treating BV with antibiotics. They DO NOT work. It is not an infection, it is just an imbalance in bacteria. I put my BV down to problems getting used to tampons when I was 13. I was too scared to pull one out, I was not intimate with my private parts at that age and I seemed to tense right up so it wouldn’t come out. I think it was in there for 2 awful weeks! Didn’t feel able to talk to my mother. Since then I have suffered permanently smelly Vag, especially after sex. A while ago I read on the internet about DISTILLED MALT VINEGAR, it’s the clear stuff (seems more clean and pure to me than apple cider vinegar and only 50p a bottle). I diluted some with water, probably about 10 parts water to one part vinegar, then soaked a tampon in it and pushed the tampon right in for a few hours. If it stings pull it out, it’s been in too long or is not diluted enough. Use the water left to wash around the vag area. I shower normally every day but have a bath every week or two with a good splash of the distilled vinegar in it ( a bit of douching here helps ). No BV anymore after 30 years! My life is transformed! BV is a most depressing condition and it has ruined my sex life and closest relationships, yet is seems to be simple to cure. NO-ONE should have to put up with it. DOCTORS please sort yourselves out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. I’ve had a problem with bacterial vaginosis for about 5-6 years. When I got it, I was 16 and didn’t speak up to anyone about it and didn’t know what was wrong. I’ve never been to an obgyn and find this an embarrassing topic to bring up to a doctor. Hopefully the vinegar will take this away for good!

  35. Hello, ladies my wife and have been going through this problem after we got married,
    The first time it happen she went to the doctor and they prescribed her metronidazole it worked for almost several months after that problem returned and the doctors prescribed her creams and none of it worked , again went to the doctors and prescribed her a stronger doze of metronidazole (keep in mind pills give a sour taste in mouth all thru the treatment). in the process of treatment my wife started getting headaches and problems with lights (glare) we didn’t know why was that happening until we looked up the side effects for those pills, thru the process the pain went away but side effects remain for almost two months but bacteria was gone, doctor also had told her to let her vaginal pubic hair to grow to help, again the same thing is happening now so i hope this website info helps her thanks all of you for your comments

  36. Odd thing is that it seems like I didn’t start having any vaginal issues until I stopped having sex as often. Even when I was having sex, it wasn’t too often and it was only one person. I HAVE to take birth control because my body just won’t have a period. I’ve had hormonal tests and two different ultrasounds done and everything was fine. I had to get treated for a yeast infection although I take very good care of myself. So, it could be from the birth control? I got treated for that but now I’m sure I have BV and it actually goes away for a little while at the end of my period. I was thinking of using the tea tree oil but, tea tree oil is some pretty potent stuff! So, I was wondering what exactly is “a few drops” and what do you all recommend from these many remedies?

  37. I recently was diagnosed with BV and was initially prescribed an antibiotic
    It went away and then came back. I believe I got BV due to high level of stress. My husband of 16 year walked out on me and our 13 you daughter. I was drinking wine every night, eating a lot.of sweets as well. After BV returned for the 3rd time my Dr prescribed the boric acid pills and they seem to b working great so far. I have about 15 more to take before treatment is complete. I’m taking Florijan 3, 800 mgs of folic acid, eating yogurt, eliminating coffee, sweets and trying to eat healthier. My BV didn’t produce any itching or soreness, just watery discharge. The smell originally was sum what bad but has gotten much better..in fact there is no oder. I’m going to try the acv, especially during and after my period. Reading all the posts it’s evident that different things work for different women, we just have to find what works for us. I recently started a new relationship and I’m praying after this treatment, along with my diet changes? BV will die AWAY! Good luck ladies! We women go thru so much. Oh, my doctor also did blood work to rule out STDs, such as syphilis and gonorrhea…which I didn’t think I had any of those but she wanted to rule them out anyhow. Again good luck!

  38. After yogurt tampons, coconut oil tampons, acupuncture and Chinese herbs designed to fight “damp heat” (Eastern medicine’s explanation of the cause of bv), I tried the apple cider vinegar-soaked paper towel held to the surface area of the vagina for 20 minutes (thank you SO much Brynn!) and it worked!!! Of course, that night I could only smell the vinegar so I wasn’t sure if it had worked. The next day (and it is now 2 days later) I can verify the smell is GONE! The paper towel is SO much easier than the bath, and 20 minutes is all you need! (Not to mention how much less acv you need!) I can’t believe I tried all the other things first, and dealt with this for months! They should delete numbers 2-9 and say simply “1. Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s all you need.” Note: there is a slight sensation during the 20 minutes that almost feels mildly (VERY mildly) discomforting. I say that so that you don’t think that you need to stop. It WORKS. Period.

    1. Me again, I am SO sorry to report that it was false hope that it went away. The odor was definitely gone for 3 or 4 days, but is now plaguing me yet again. I re-read the previous comments and it looks like a recurring theme is treatment for multiple days, even when symptoms have seemed to subside. I will try multiple days of douching with the acv (moving up from paper towel method) as well as the bath. I will keep you posted, and am PRAYING to report back great news soon!

    2. thank you for your input i will try it. do you use water with it or not? it’s recurring with me and i thought it was yeast at first but it’s not and i’m sick of going to OBGYN. i also heard that bay leaf is amazing i bought the oil just not sure i should use it. my friend studies alternative medicine she suggested bay leaves for all bacteria including intestines

  39. Hi all,
    I’ve to the doctor three times trying differenti ways of the same antibiotic and my bv keeps coming back after my period. Even my doctor said to try yogurt vinegar and the clove of garlic, because many women go to her office with the same problem and natural stuff have worked better and faster than the antibiotics.

  40. I was treated for BV last month with metronidazole it went away and came back after I had oral sex 5 days ago. Last night I melted organic extra virgin coconut oil and soaked it up with a tampon and inserted it overnight, this morning I
    I soaked in the tub with 1/2 Apple cider vinegar and 7 drops on lavender essential oil. Felt a huge difference smell subsided no discharge no burning. Tonight I’ve inserted tampon with coconut oil and 3 drops lavender essential oil it tingles a little but it’s busy working killing those bad bacteria. I’ve also started eating activa yogurt. I’ll soak again in the morning with acv and lavender essential oil. I think after a few more days I’ll be better than normal.

  41. When i met my husband, i got a BV right away and it never left me for 5 years, even though i got several antibiotics treatments, it would go away and come back the next month. My doctor even provided me with a 12months prescription to take after my period! I also took some probiotics supplements and it seriously did help but i wasnt “steady” with it because of the price so whenever i stopped, it came back and i needed meds.

    Now, my husband and I separated, i got a BV antiobiotics treatment after the separation and it was GONE!!!….. Until we had sex together again 8 months later and it was back right away!!!

    I then had a new family doctor who explained to me that BV isnt an std and men cant really have it and cant be tested for it but they CAN carry it and pass it back to their partner if shes sensitive about that. My doctor treated both of us simultaneously and it was completely gone!

    If im going through a stressful time i need to stick to my probiotics supplements right away and i now know that if BV comes back, my partner and I both need to be treated!!

    So ladies, BV isnt an STD but treat it as it was. Get your partner treated with you and if you have different partners, condoms are the only way to go! Oh and probiotics from the drugstores are pricey but very much worth it!!!

    1. Did you doc prescribe for your husband or did he go see someone, and who? I feel we like we play the back and forth game with my bv! And just this week my hubby thought maybe he should be checked out as well. Huh!

  42. This sight is amazing, I could not figure out why this bv kept coming back, I stop having intercourse with my husband becuz I was confused, I didn’t have the order or the discharge but the itchy n burning played its part, no more meds for me apple cider vinegar it is, and I kno drinking garlic water helps keep infections away…. Good luck ladies….

  43. I just talked to my doc, and they say it’s not an “infection” per se but a pH imbalance. Suggested we talk about boric acid pills. We shall see!

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