Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis

If you are one of the lucky women, your case of bacterial vaginosis (BV) clears up without the need for any treatment, while many women require treatments to quickly clear up the condition. However, despite medical assistance, remedies and antibiotics – some women face chronic bacterial vaginosis. In fact, 1 out of 3 treated women battle a recurrence of the condition with symptoms repeating within 12 months.

Reasons Why Women Have Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis

It is unclear why there are a high number of recurrent infections that develop after a successful treatment of bacterial vaginosis. What is known is the main reason behind a reoccurrence – an unbalanced level of vaginal flora. A handful of lifestyle habits and personal choices are contributing factors to the imbalance, such as:

a) Clothing Choices:

The kind of environment and level of irritation regarding the vaginal region can cause a reoccurrence of bacterial vaginosis, such as tight-fitting clothing. This is why many women experience a recurring bout of BV during the summertime – when bathing suit weather emerges [1].

b) Chemicals:

The chemicals found in laundry detergents and some sanitary products can cause irritation to the vaginal area.

c) Too Much Sugar:

Consuming too much sugar can alter the pH level of the vagina. As a result, helpful bacteria are destroyed and harmful bacteria are allowed to thrive.

d) Poor Diet:

Eating too much fast food or overly processed foods can contribute to chronic bacterial vaginosis. If you’re not getting enough vegetables in your diet, you may face an increased chance of reoccurrence.

e) Antibiotics:

Certain antibiotics with side effects that influence the vaginal flora can promote chronic bacterial vaginosis.

f) Sexual Activity:

The act of sexual intercourse does not cause bacterial vaginosis (because it is not a sexually transmitted disease).However, having multiple partners can contribute to a recurrence of the condition. Some believe that everyone possesses their own flora, and combining the flora from multiple sex partners can disrupt the balance of vaginal flora. Also, the types of anaerobic bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis can compromise vaginal flora. When the bacteria reproduce, your chances of a reoccurrence increase.

When recurring symptoms arise, it is in your best interest to follow-up with a second course of antibiotics.

Risks of Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis

Chronic bacterial vaginosis can increase your risk of:

• Developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
• Reducing or eliminating the chances of becoming pregnant
• Seriously damaging the fallopian tubes
• Suffering ectopic pregnancies
• Contracting HIV from an infected partner
• Contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
• Human papillomavirus (HPV) and venereal warts

Pregnant women with chronic bacterial vaginosis face more severe complications that can affect the birth of their child. The main concerns include an increased chance of preterm labor, miscarriages, overall pregnancy complications, and delivering a baby with a low birth weight [2].

Reduce the Risk of Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis

To prevent a reoccurrence of bacterial vaginosis, there are many different approaches to consider, including home and natural remedies. For example, consider increasing your daily consumption of green vegetables to alkalize the body. Eating four or more servings of green vegetables can help prevent chronic bacterial vaginosis. Other ways to decrease your risk of reoccurrence is learning effective de-stressing techniques, eating yogurt with probiotics, and quitting smoking.

chronic bv caused by smoking

Resources

[1] http://www.owningpink.com/blogs/whats-up-down-there-blog/treatment-chronic-bacterial-vaginosis
[2] http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/bacterialvaginoses.htm

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127 Responses to “Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. HEALED
    December 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    I SUFFERED FROM BV FOR TWO YEARS AND TRIED EVERY THING TO FIX THIS. I EVEN TOOK MULTIPLE TREATMENTS OF ANTIBIOTICS, WHICH IS AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGEMENT. I NEVER FULLY GOT RID OF IT. THE MEDS ONLY TEMPORARILY HELPED.

    THEN I QUIT EATING ANY PROCESSED SUGAR AND DRANK LARGE AMOUNTS OF GRAPEFRUIT JUICE. IT WORKED. THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS, I STOPPED THIS AND SURE ENOUGH I STARTED GETTING SYMPTOMS. AFTER TWO DAYS OF NO SUGAR AND OVER TWO LITERS OF JUICE, THE SYMPTOMS ARE GONE. JUST IN TIME FOR SOME NEW YEAR NOOKIE.

    OUR BODIES ARE MENT TO SELF HEAL AND THE TOOLS WE NEED FOR HELP ARE HERE ON EARTH NATURALLY. OF THIS I NOW AM SURE.

    • Chris
      May 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      That is amazing! When you say you drank grapefruit juice, was it fresh grapefruit juice or just in a container? I’d love to try this remedy.

    • Olivia
      February 19, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      I lost my virginity to my boyfriend a year and half ago. During the beginning I wasnt using birth control pills or using a condom and I never had bv. Eversince I started using birth control pills I keep getting a reoccurance of bv. Even after I used the pills or cream my doctor prescribed to me. I am a very clean person especially when it comes to my hygiene but for some reason I keep getting diagnosed with bv. It is the most embarassing and annoying infection a woman can have! Im going to try drinking fresh grapefruit juice, im hopeing thatll cure it. After researching all the different ingredients us woman should consume to cure it I became very interested in trying a pill called FEMANOL because it has all the nutrients in one pill. Has anyone tried or heard about it?

      • Laura
        March 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

        Olivia – Bv isn’t to do with being unclean, so don’t worry. Apparently if you use hygiene products or soap, or over clean down there it can encourage Bv to come back because it can remove the ‘good bacteria’. My doctor advised me to wash with just water most of the time.

      • shanna
        July 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

        same here! Ive had this problem even before i had lost my virginity. I had really painful periods so i was put on birth control, (i was like 14) (im 20 now) and ive had a child and i can get rid of it!!! its so gross and very embaressing!

    • beccckixe
      March 22, 2012 at 12:19 am #

      I’m not sure if I have it what are the symtoms

    • Ieshia
      May 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      super good advice

    • TW
      May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      i am in tears right now thank you SO much for this post and whomever for this site THANK YOU THANK U THANK U

  2. Help!
    September 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    I also Have been having problems with Bv for many years. Seems like if I had a new sexual partner and used condoms I would get it. When I got to know the person and the medical history and was safe, I still got it back. Been prescribed the flagyl creams, etc. Helps for a little while then comes back. I have tried the yogurt tapoons and it helped with the odor big time. I am also trying collidol silver tapoons and also seemed to help with odor. Tree oil on a tapoon works also but must be diluted with distiled water. I still seem to have some mild burning inside the vagina but the itch is gone. I am taking a product from a health food store called candidaide. Its a solution you spray under the tongue and helps with yeast. Since I have been using that, I am not inflamed on the outside anymore. Detergents , set me off also. I seem to be senstive to sex toys and condoms also. I’m wondering if its a allergy to latex possibly. I am booked to see a Gynocolgist and hopefully he can restore my normal ph Blances.

  3. MC
    September 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi,
    I too had the same problem for over a year. It SUX!!!! ;(
    Well i agree with self healing. And after taking antibiotics for awhile and it only coming back after meds were done I thought about things logically. You need balance, good bacteria and yeast. Anti biotics kill ALL bacteria. So…I used Oil of oregano mixed with some Olive OIl, more Olive oil than Oil of Oregano (it will burn severly if not diluted enough). and immediate help. I did that for three days, applying a few times a day. You can use a tampon or put it on your finger and apply it inside. And it was gone. Now if it comes back due to bad diet or using KY or something like that, I use Oil of Oregano, or tea tree oil for three days. For immediate relief you can also douche with Hydogen peroxide, or soak a tampon in it.
    Hope this helps.

    • sick of bv
      November 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      Where do you get oil of oregano

      • TW
        May 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

        you make it :)

  4. april
    October 5, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    OK so I have been fighting this horrid bacterial vaginosis for 3 Years. I had a C-section in 2006 and ever since i have had this. it has affected my sex life with my hubby. and not only that but I had HORRABLE PAIN that I just couldnt deal with. it actually hurt so bad I ended up crying all the time, especially when my monthly would come around. I can no longer use tampons. My doctors thought it could have been endometreosiss, so my obgyn suggested that we get pregnant again, we did and while i was pregnant the pain went away some what. I had a second C-section and he found no endometriossis. NONE.. he was so baffled by this. I felt fine up untill My monthlys started again.They did a swab test and found overgrowth (bactrial vag.)and gave me antibiotics. Worked for a week and then back at it. my relationship with my hubby was starting to get damiged Much WORSE! I found this site and was reading some of the suggestions other woman were writing. I thought i’d try the Natural way over the anibiotics. I now eat yougurt with live and active cultures and i am taking ACIDOPHILIUS A&D and FOLIC ACID. I have NO MORE EXTREAM PAIN and I have My sex life BACK! i have been doing this for two weeks now! So thank you ladies who have suggested this! I hope and prey this helps the other ones who are affected by this nasty bacteria. Wish everyone the best of luck.

    • kimberly
      September 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      sounds like you could have allergy to semen

  5. Natalie
    October 24, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    I have the same problem for over 2 years and it sucks big balls.

    When I am intimate with my boyfriend, when he has a condom on, and pulls out, there is an EMBARRISSING white ring around his penis, and thats that god-darn discharge coming from me.

    I have tried everything. I am on a diet, I excercise, drink plenty of water, and have consumed and taken sooo many medication and still nothing.

    My GYN says it’ll go away soon, but when?

    I don’t want to find out that when I want children I cannot have them. =(

  6. HELP I THINK I MAY KNOW YOUR PROBLEM
    November 3, 2009 at 6:28 am #

    I had BV that kept coming back and I couldn’t figure out why. I found out the hard way that I was allergic to latex, and eliminated it immediately. Still, I kept getting BV constantly. Well, after a year of suffering from BV to yeast, and back again. The doctors and I finally figured out the underlying cause: Semen Allergy. It sounds unreal. But it exists. And now that I have figured it out, I use non-latex condoms, (if your latex sensitive like you think, you will still get the response and infection.) and have no more issues. The only time I still get BV is if I use a detergent I’m allergic to. I hope this helps. Semen allergy is so rare that people often forget to consider it, or haven’t even heard about it. But if you are sensitive to latex and allergic to semen whether you were having protected or unprotected sex you would be getting BV (from the latex on one end and semen on the other). If you have a semen allergy, your symptoms can vary in a wide variety of ways, and the symptoms very often get confused with a yeast infection. But the burning you were describing is definitely a symptom.You may want to talk to your doctor to see if this describes you. Hope you get to feeling better!

  7. amy
    November 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    i noticed this after i started having sex (with a person tht was std free) and i was a virgin.. sometimes the discharge is noticable sometimes not, but i havent had sex in 8 months and it still comes back i need to know a sure way to get rid of it at home.

  8. Lisa
    December 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    I have also had BV since October (2009). At first I thought it was a yeast infection, and didnt take anything to treat it since I had one before and it resolved on its own. A few weeks later, I noticed the foul smell, so I went to the doctor and it turned out to be BV. He prescribed creme, but I was reluctant to take it, so i didnt. I looked up some natural remedies and found out about a certain type of probiotic called reuteri that is supposed to help. So I went to the natural food store and bought NATURE’S WAY Primadophilus Reuteri, and its been 3 days and the smell seems to be going away. I will keep taking it and hopefully it will go away for good!

  9. Meg
    December 26, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    I suffered for three months and finally my acupuncturist recommended the Bloodtype Diet by Peter J. D’Adamo. That accompanied with a hydrogen peroxide/distilled water douche, yeast gard and tons of folic acid supplements has kept me a happy and healthy girl.

  10. Leena
    December 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    I am thinking our husbands (sex partner) should be treated but it doesn’t seem to be the case? Has anyone had their partner treated? And with what?

    • SC
      October 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      I have had this problem for over a year. I’ve been given creams and pills and my boyfriend was also prescribed pills (can’t think of the name now) but it didn’t seem to help, it still coming back!!

  11. Charisma
    January 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Ive had bv for three years now im 21 and i have a one year old i dnt know wht to do anymore i have a nasty odor and bad pain all the time my sex life is done my husband hates it Its the most embrassing thing every to happen if anyone could help please tell me sumthing i need healp plz

    ccbowks@gmail.com
    thx

  12. Myrna
    January 5, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I was a “former chronic” sufferer when with my ex-husband throughout our dating and marriage. When we were both treated it finally went away.
    However, after our divorce and when I was partnerless it was pretty much gone. I had three flare-ups over four years and each time it was attributed to something knocking my flora out of balance. I guess some women get yeast when knocked out of “whack” and some of us get bv:(
    So, it was still in remission or gone totally until a new partner, got treated and decided to remain partnerless, (chosen celibacy until marriage if there is to be one).

    I also noticed that it was usually a multitude of factors that would cause a flare-up.

    This last time, it was too strong soap, (I know better) coupled with sudden stress, (not just the holidays but, life stressors related to other things)to top it off not only did I have my period at that time but, (and this is a BIG but) it was the holidays and I ate way more sugary foods than normal.

    Eating refined sugar is a HUGE factor for flare ups for me.

    However, my regular monthly cycle may have a day where I think its going to “bv out” on me but resolves so this current flare-up I thought that it would too. It didn’t. I am on *another* course of flaygll. No partner for nearly a year and nothing but stress and too much sugar and too strong a soap, (externally, nothing internal, no scented products, no tampons…nada…oh, wait, I did use a new fabric softenerr and usually I do not use them with my underclothes…)

  13. Lindsey
    January 21, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    I got bv after having D&C done october 2009.I took the antibiotics. It still had symptoms but my doctor said it will go away. In december the pain came back along with a horrid odor. The pain got so intense during intercourse that I was in tears. I finally went to the hospital in January 2010 found out it was bv.I took the meds and after four days the pain was still bad so I went back to the er. That is where I found out the infection went to my fallopian tubes. Now I am really worried because I am 22 and my chances of having another baby are slim.Will any of these home remedies work for me even though the infection has spread so much? Any suggestions?

  14. emily
    March 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    last year in january of 2009 i went to my doctor and BV test came back positive, i took the full treatment and it went away….

    i have no itching or strong odor, but it seems like im still having more discharge than im comfortable with, It mkes me feel really uncomfortable, nothing smells or itches or burns so im at a loss here… Im only 20 and im not sure what is going on my doctor said its not BV or anything else that it’s just natural for my body….. does anybody have any tips or anything that could help me?

  15. Shannelle
    March 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Hey Emily, have u tried Oil of Oregano? what about peroxide douches???????

    • Myra
      March 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      where do u get oil of oregngo from?

      • TW
        May 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

        you can make it.

  16. Simmy
    March 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    I too have battled with BV, more in the past two years than usual. I am convinced I have a latex allergy. Everytime I use a condom, a week later, I have discharge that I feel running down in the inside and a odorous smell. How can one be allergic to condoms?

  17. Taniesha
    March 29, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    I have been having bv for the last three years..and i am 21 a lesbian and a vigin…idk i do us toys maybe thats the problem since i have stared using them i have been having this foul smell and white sometimes yellow discharge…if anyone has any home remedies or suggestions please email me….sweet_nesha_06@yahoo.com

  18. jane
    March 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I am 76 years old and have had symptoms of bv for several years. Have gone through the metrogel antibiotic treatment and , as others have reported, the bv returns in a week or so. Have tried several of the suggestions on sites such as this, but the following is what has worked, and the only thing that has worked for me. I squeeze the juice from one grapefruit each morning and drink it. The odor, the itching and irritation are gone. It only took a few days for the full effect to take place. The first person I am going to report this to is my ob/gyn. She will be able to see for herself that the vagina and genital area are not inflamed and irritated. Who knew it could be so simple for me. I knew it was a matter of getting the ph back in balance and this is what did it for me.

  19. Jessica
    April 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    I once suffered with chronic BV over and over again, I found out my boyfriend was cheating with multiple women, I left him after finding out; however suffered for three years with BV. This was in 2000 to 2003. I met my husband in 2006 and not once did I ever get BV, we split up 2008. I have been with my new boyfriend for about 7 months and have been suffering with BV every three weeks it comes back, he and I were both threated with Metranitizole; thought this did the trick, but I ended up getting it back again. I am going to the doctor one last time to get the antibiotic and I am going to start the natural home remedy at the same time, I am going to continue the remedy no matter what, I cannot stand this BV stuff! It is toxic. I am a very clean person and it is the most embarassing problem a woman could ever have to deal with outside of a non cureable disease. BV feels like a disease and it has yet to be proven that the man actually gets it and passes it on through sexual intercourse, because think about it, if we get it from the man, once they have been treated we should be rid of this right? I do also know that there can be issues with two individuals not meshing and their chemistry does mix well; which does cause vaginosis. I hope this helps and thanks for the inside scoop of the home remedy.

    • H
      December 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

      I think this is true, never had problems with it until my latest partner. We’re not together anymore but I still suffer it even being partner-less. I also slacked off on my home remedy which seems to work. Apple Cider Vinegar douche, hydrogen peroxide wash and inserting Femdopholus (sp) caps. Yeah it’s gross. The latest flare up though I didn’t even know I had, the gyno caught it on the pap.

  20. Meloney
    April 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Same problem… Been fighting this for years… Sex life has changed majorly.. Hard to want something that causes pain! it has practically messed up my life… Taking every medication you can think of…Nothing.. I have top insurance and still cant seem to get a doctors interest. So i am in my late twenties suffering from such a horrible and disabling problem.. I have no recommendations as i came on here for help.. however… i did take note of what other woman have said and i believe this is my last hope ( the natural way) i am also scared it has went up into my fallopian tubes also because its been like three solid yrs.. at first they said yeast infection then back to BV and now BV and Cervicitis… i also want to add that i have been in a full committed relationship for 9 yrs…. so i will start taking the natural remedies… along with switching my soap for the bath and for my clothes. Just thought it would make another person feel like they arent alone i know reading all of the ladies comments made me feel more like a person.. havent been feeling like me in awhile. I need my life back! every aspect of it wink wink!

    • Jan
      June 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      Thank you so much…i thought I was the only one. I have been married for 14 years, and started suffering from chronic yeast infections about 10 years ago…it stopped then have been chronic BV for the last 3 years. I am at my wit’s end, and would do anything to make this go away. I am finally going to try some home remedies and eliminate sugar from my diet.

  21. sylane
    May 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I been having chronic BV since 2005 tried everthing from meds to tea tree oil, very frustrated, so today may,7,2010 my Dr. told me to try acidlo something like that I cant spell it do u think that this will work, I tryed douching with tea tree oil and water and it burnt like hell. Please help me

  22. Kat
    May 16, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    I was told I had BV when I was pregnant a little over a year ago. They gave me a gel to insert.. it helped with the odor for a few days but by the time my husband and I had sex again my problem came back. I’d wandered if it was from his semen, but I still have an odor even when we haven’t had sex (days, a week later). Its so frustrating, and I’m to the point I don’t want to have sex just to save myself from the embarrassment! I know anitbiotics aren’t good, and these creams don’t seem to work, and douching disrupts the vagina.. so what can I do?! I am a clean person and I only have ONE sex partner! Any good and safe home remedies or herbs that work, and actually cure the infection not just the symptoms??

    • kimberly
      September 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      I think you were on the right track, you should use the script med to clear up the bv entirely then ue non latex condoms everytime you have sex if it doesnt come back it means you have developed an allery to your husbands protein in his sperm

    • Cindy
      March 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Try a sitz bath: fill your clean bath tub with just enough water to completel cover your legs. Add about three cups of plain white vinegar. Use your finger to help get The solution inside. I do this a couple of time a month to keep my ph balanced. It is safer and better for you than douches ( which I have heard can shoot bacteria into the uterus), it does not irritate (if you are
      Not already irritated. If you are irritated then you should use less vinegar until you are feeling better. Irritations and such are breeding grounds for bacteria) and it has cleared up minor issues for me immediately. Anytime you feel like there might
      Be an imbalance this may be a good way to prevent infections. You should also be doing anything to prevent irritation. Tea tree oil seems like a bad idea, for intstance. Those plastic tampon appllicators can scratch the vaginal walls and you may not even notice. If you feel like you might be on the verge of an infection you should avoid sex. The good bacteria is the same bacteria found in yogurt. If you need to cut down on sugar then eat plain yogurt and add lots of fruit for sweetness. The aspertame in light yogurt is practically poison.You could also buy the bacteria as a supplement, it’s called acidophilus. It is easier to prevent an infection than to cure one if you just listen to your body.

  23. Erin
    May 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    My heart goes out to all of you suffering with the embarrassing smell, and irritation from contest moisture like myself. I have not found a ‘cure’, but have found a way to keep the symptoms at bay, so I wanted to share. I have never douched in my life, and know it’s generally not a good idea, but the only way to stop it is a vinegar/water douche every single morning. I only use a little vinegar because it can be an irritant…at least 4 times as much water as vinegar. After hubby and I have sex, I have to immediately go do it again.

    Looking back, I realize this has been coming on for a long time. It started with a watery white discharge that was just annoying, but no odor or odd color. I figured it was somehow a normal body change, from age, or having kids. This probably occurred for more than a year before I started noticing a fishy smell after sex. Over the next couple of months it got much worse, and the discharge leaks out – it almost feels like I’m peeing my pants – and I can smell it through my clothes even if we didn’t have sex.

    It’s now been since November 2009 that this is a full blown, chronic condition. I have no desire whatsoever to go to the doctor, only to be given antibiotics that don’t work, as testified to by woman after woman. This is obviously a very widespread problem, and I hope we get some answers soon. There is something wrong inside our bodies, that I am positive can be corrected naturally, and QUICKLY. Keep talking, and let’s figure this out!

  24. Jessica
    June 9, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    I have been dealing with reoccuring bv for almost a year I have been to 4 different doctors and all of them give me the same medicine and it seems to me the only time I get bv is when I have sex but other than that I just feel not normal….I know I shouldn’t be having sex b4 marriage but im afraid if I do get married this problem will never go away!!!

  25. Colette
    June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    I have had recurring BV for the last year. I first thought it was because my partner was uncircumcised until we broke up and my new partner is circumcised and I still have the infection. I’ve tried every antibiotic both orally and vaginally and nothing works. I’m taking another dose of antibiotics now and plan to have my partner treated as well. I read that if BV is recurring to use the antibiotic gel twice a week for a few months after the standard cycle of antibiotics, to prevent a reappearance. I’m going to try this along with some natural remedies like yogurt tampons and acidophiles. Hope this helps. I’ll let everyone know if using the metro gel (vaginal antibiotic) twice a week for a few months, helps. Good luck fellow sufferers, I feel your pain!

  26. tiffany
    June 16, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    I got diagnosed with bv back in dec 09 I noticed a foul odor a month after I started taking birth control.. Now I took the medicine they gave me and a month later the odor was back.. I have the tea tree oil that hasn’t worked for me..does anyone have any suggestions?

  27. Sonya
    June 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    The Peroxide and distilled water douche works great, after day 2 the smell and discharge was completly gone.

  28. Jayme
    June 19, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I am not a chronic sufferer, but a recurrent sufferer (i get this about once a year it seems), and so far what works best and gives me the most immediate releief is a douche i make with Acidipholus capsules. I empty one capsule into a pint jar of filtered water and ad 3 drops of tea tree oil douche with this, you can use anything you have on hand to get it up there….irrigation syringes can be purchased at medical supply stores for a couple dollars or you can even use a turkey baster or bulb syringe. Stor in the fridge for up to a week I also will wear a panty liner and then soap a small cloth or peice of cotton and just stick it in my vaginal opening for cool extedned relief in the first day or two of treatment, by day 3 i am usually symtom free but continue treatment for an adition 3 days to ensure normal flora balance to return, the acidipholus restores flora, and the tea tree oil is bacteriostatic

  29. arielle
    July 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Get an allergy test done. I have never been professionally diagnosed, but I have had these symptoms off and on for the past four years. But I read that allergic reactions can cause imbalances. Recently I had an allergy test done and 15 foods came up that I didn’t know I was allergic to. Sometimes I eat some of them anyway and then my symptoms come back. Allergy testing was completely covered by my insurance, too. Other ususual symptoms of food allergies include headaches/migranes, bloating, and dryness of the throat. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover the testing, try keeping a food diary, keeping track of what foods you eat every day and see if you notice any kind of correlation. Be sure to read ingredients in packaged foods and look for common allergins like soy, corn, dairy, egg, sugar cane, nut, etc. products.

    AND TEENS, don’t be afraid to go to the doctor. BV isn’t an STD/STI, so don’t worry about your parents finding out that you’re sexually active. Although if you are sexually active, it’s important to tell your doctor because having sex can cause symptoms (I’ve read) but it’s not because your partner has it. It’s like a yeast infection, only more common.

    Taking antibiotics for this doesn’t make sense because they often cause yeast infections. Why want to replace one infection with another? Does anyone have any “home remedies” for this? A few web sites recommended soaking tampons in plain yogurt, but this seems a little too risky for me.

  30. Christyna
    August 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    I have had chronic bv for about 8 yrs. I read online about phemdopholis working and in chinese medicine astragalus has antibiotic properties along with garlic pills being good for you…i pray to God im not jinxing myself but this regimine is working for me!! 2 pills of phemdopholis in the am with one astragalus and one garlic pill…lunch time 2 astragalus pills…nightime one astragalus one garlic pill..before i started all this i took the antibiotic from planned parenthood but by now i would have had bv again..oh yea used rephresh tampons when i had my period..they have citric acid and some other acid in it that help to keep ur ph balance in ur vagina while ur bleeding…the blood changes ur ph alot also….seriously i hope this helps someone else…i know what it feels like to feel dirty and embaressed when my man wants some from me..please let me know how it works for you if anyone else tries this!! I think it rebalances ur ph

    • kary
      December 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      I am very curious to know if your remedies permanently worked!!! PLEASE let me know! thanks in advance

      • taye
        February 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

        i was prescribed boric acid tablets from my gyno they work great inquire about them the work great for me the are made at compounding pharmacies

  31. Terri D...
    August 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Is my husband cheating on me? To have BV???

  32. Tiffany
    September 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    My midwife told me to soak a tampon in a mixture of hydrogen peroide and purified water(half/half) use over night. Smell was gone the next morning. Continue for 5 nights, it works!!!

  33. CJ
    September 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    I have suffered from BV for years! It definitely has controlled my sexuality, emotions, and personality! It’s an awful roller coaster!

    I’ve taken the antibiotics orally and vaginally. I’ve tried the yogurts and natural cures. I’ve stopped having sex with my husband. I’ve changed soaps and detergents. I even douched with peroxide (NOT RECOMMENDED). I was at my wits end with this until yesterday! I went to CVS and saw that there was actually a BV treatment in the feminine hygiene section! It’s by VH Essentials and it’s a homeopathic time-release vaginal insert BV treatment! I had the first dose last night and I woke up this morning to NO SMELL, ITCH, OR IRRITATION!!!!! I HAVE NOT HAD ANY RELIEF FROM THIS AWFUL CONDITION IN OVER 5 YEARS!!!! I ALMOST CRIED!!!

    If you have not tried this, DO IT!! I think it may be a new product. It’s about freakin’ time there was something on the market for BV considering it’s supposedly the #1 gynocological issue. I am coupling the VH Essentials product with RepHresh Pro-B probiotic feminine supplement (a probiotic you take once a day). So far so GREAT but I will update after I finish the VH Essentials product. The only down side to the VH Essentials is that it’s $30 a box, but really, if it works, I’d pay $1,000!

    • Starz
      June 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      I just purchased a day ago tried it and so far it has helped me! your right the price is expensive but it is worth it! Are you also taking those probiotic tablets daily as well? Do they work as well?

    • Help Me
      June 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      I too used this product and loved it so much that I contacted the makers and wanted to write a testimonial on their behalf. Two days after I finished the product (that would be today) it is coming back. I have been fighting this last battle for over a month now but have had this same issue for the last 8 years. I too use the RepHresh Pro-B but am thinking I might discontinue it because their is no other reason it is reoccurring so quickly after treatment other than me introducing this product into my system.

      If you would please let me know if your infection returned that quickly after treatment that would be greatly appreciated. Right now I have called my doctor to once again call in Flagyl and Diflucan for me because I am at my wits end with suppositories. This strong antibiotic will cure me I know but I hate the side effects and you cannot have alcohol for 10 days.

      Please let me know of your outcome.

      All The BEST!

      • shellie
        July 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

        I myself have suffered with Bv for about 4 yrs now. I have had a baby in 2009 and have been intimate with that same sex partner but have been experiencing episodes over and over again and just as many of the ladies on this board have said the prescibed meds don’t seem to really offer a permanent solution. I had a flare up this week and I tried something different I tried Centrum powdered probiotics (you can put the powder in a small amount of juice or liquid) and I have also drank about 2 8oz. glasses of pure pinapple juice and have also douched with summer’s Eve vinegar and water douche in about 3hours or so the smell was gone completely and by 24 hours are symptoms had gone away. I continue this regemin and it seems to work wonderfully for me. I know for a fact that my PH balance down there gets upset/thrown off with my daughter’s father and when he ejaculates inside of me. I hope this helps :)

  34. lisa
    November 7, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    ive suffered from recurring BV for at least two years. flagyl works only for the current diagnosis and as soon as my partner and I have sex again a few times the BV is back. i have used over the counter RepHresh and it helps tremendously with eliminating the odor. but after about 3 days it comes back. i dont know how to get rid of it permanently but the RepHresh product helps me n my partner still be able to enjoy sex.

  35. CC
    November 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    hi ladies, wow its really comforting to read that other have the same symptoms and its good to see that some of the natural remedies are working… I haven’t had much luck with the “natural” way but I think that may be due to diet? It looks like for some of is, its really center in on stress and sugar, I just had a flare up after almost a year of nothing, but I’m a student in midterm and I didn’t sleep much, ate really poor and I just finished my cycle and BAM! there you go,

    However I am concerned because during my cycle I had Bad pain on my right side, so painful it woke me from my sleep. I read in a pervious posting that this infection can get into other parts of the reproductive organs? can someone please share a story about what can happen with chronic infection? I have had at least one a year for the past 5 years or so, I always go to the doctor and take all the meds prescribed, not sure what else I should be doing other than total revamp of diet?

  36. Stacia
    November 22, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Hello ladies, about 6 years ago I had sex for the first time, I got BV about a month after me and my boyfriend started having sex. I had no itching, but pain and burning during sex a lot of discharge and a very bad odor. I went to my gyn and got diagnosed with BV. I took metronidazole pills, but had very bad side effects from them so I stopped taking them after about 3 days, called my GYN, she prescribed the vaginal gel, so I took that for a few days too. My syptoms went away, so I figured it was gone. After about 1 1/2 years I started getting other symptoms, itching and irritation, and a small amount of white discharge, but no odor at all. So i figured it was a yeast infection, I treated with over the counter meds and it did go away, but I have been getting these symptoms off and on for the past 4 years, I always thought it was reccuring yeast infections. I went to my gyn last week and he sad its BV, gave me a prescrition for clyndimacin, which I didnt take yet, because I dont know if I agree with him, because my sympotms arent the same as when I had BV before, theres not that much discharge and no odor whatsoever, I still think it could be yeast…Im not sure what to do cause when I take the over the counter yeast cream it works but the symptoms usually come back after a few weeks, or sooner…so if anyone has any suggestions for me I would appreciate it so much, Im tired of suffering!

    • kimberly
      September 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      Try using non latex condoms for a while if it does’nt recure you may have a semen allery it causesw all you talked about

  37. Bia
    December 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Began having sex with a new boyfriend in July and within the first week I had a raging case of BV. I had no previous medical history and his STD panel was clean. I went through the metro pills, the metro gel, the clinda gel, and finally they put me on a course of metro gel 2x a week for an indefinite period of time. I had horrendous yeast infections from the chronic antibiotics and took diflucan regularly to treat that. I changed my diet, only drank water, changed condoms from latex to nonlatex to none at all, took probiotics, etc. I was convinced my boyfriend must be carrying the gardnerella bacteria and I wanted him to take a course of antibiotics.. But research insists treating the male doesn’t produce any higher recovery success rates. BV ruined our sex life and subsequently our relationship. Upon leaving him, I haven’t had BV since. Three months free. Never took another day of antibiotics, nor another day of diflucan. Save your body while you can. I didn’t want to believe he was the cause, but I’ve successfully had other healthy relationships and this one just wasn’t meant to be. Not worth affecting my fertility or susceptibility to antibiotics down the line.

  38. kimberly
    December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    Hi ladies ive been suffering for this for at least 2 yrs and i have to douch every day with vinegar and water to keep the smell down. I just recently tried VH essentials its working so far ive been on it for 4 days now and no smell so far.I’ve also been taking proboitic pills. I thought i was the only one with this problem and i was scared to ask any of my friends were they having any problems, i even went and got tested for std because i didn know what it was. But good luck to everyone hopeful a cure comes to us all soon….

  39. BV Sufferer
    December 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I suffer from BV and have for many years since I got an STD when I was young. I think the antibiotics messed me up permanently down there. It doesn’t go away forever, most likely it will happen again. The only things I can help you all out with is don’t use any soap with perfume there (I use Dove unscented hypoallergenic bar soap, I switched soaps temporarily and used the Dove white and immediately got an infection FYI so don’t mistake them with eachother), don’t use Summers Eve products even if it says unscented hypoallergenic, don’t put perfume on it, it will just get worse, get scented lotions from Bath and Body just make sure they don’t get down there,don’t wash too much, don’t douche, use unscented laundry soap,use unscented tampons, pads, liners,don’t use scented anything, just stay away from it, IT WILL DEFINATELY MAKE IT WORSE & use condoms when you have sex. I think I’ll try a couple of things on here, not the crazy ones though… lol.. I hope I helped a little!

  40. desperate
    January 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    call your local Health Department and ask for help with Bacteria Vaginosis we need modern help not the antibiotics that have been proven ineffective. ask for futher research on this subject. contact research based pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and ask for a better drug than Metrondiazole it doesn’t cure the problem.The more emails these people get the better for us.

  41. chasity
    January 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    I have also like everyone else o here been suffering with b.v for 3 years now and I’ve been with my husband for 7 years in the begining i was getting yeast infections 2 to 3 times a year wich was not normal for me now the past 3 years I have a b.v and I can’t get rid of it I have tried everything and I’m now thinking the two things I’ve done in those 3 years is start using condoma and got the Iud to prevent pregnancy since I had two children I didn’t want to take the risk of getting pregnant again so I took the iud out and thought that would help since I’ve been having sex with my husband for 7 years I dind’t thin that would be it well now findig out it is the condoms so I hear the hydrogen poroxide and water works from many diffrent websites and taking folic acid to replace bad bacteria and it’s gone in 1-7 days so I’m going to try that and let everyone know how it works sorry for every that is going through this it is and awful infection….

  42. Diane
    January 29, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    Hello, I have a quick question, I 2 have bv 4 about some years off and on, but looking at every ones tips really help, I am planning to use the yogurt technique tonight, Greek plain yogurt, tampon inserter, fill the tampon inserter halfway with yogurt, and insert into your vagina. I am having problem after that point, Then what? how long do I leave the yogurt inside for? The whole day, 10 minutes what? and how do i get out the yogurt and clean up my vagina. Some one please help me out. Thank you.

  43. Sammy
    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    I have had my rounds with BV and have always taken the antibiotic gel or pills, but I refuse to do it again because 5 years ago I took a serious of treatments the doctor prescribed with the gel for two weeks and the pills for two weeks and then the gel for two weeks and then the pills for two weeks. Well 3 years ago I started having horrible stomach pains and after some test and some scans I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Chronic Pancreatitis (no known cause)except I knew the only thing that had been different in my life just two years prior was the abundance of antibiotic gels and pills that I had been give. I read the insert in one of the boxes and right on the pamphlet I read a warning that this medication could cause severe digestive issues. I’ve never been a drinker and I’ve never been a smoker, which are the leading causes of pancreatitis. Its been 8 years now and I’m still dealing with BV. I came down with BV symptoms about a month ago and I’ve been managing the symptoms because I refuse to take more antibiotics, so the infection continued to get worse and two weeks ago I began to have severe stomach pain that woke me from my sleep. I was rushed to the emergency room to learn that I had appendicitis. Why the sudden onset I asked and the doctor stated bacterial infections can cause the appendix to become flared. Needless to say I ended up having to have a antibiotic and a appendectomy. A few days after the surgery, the BV was back in full swing. Antibiotics DO NOT WORK FOR BV!!!!!!!!!! Ladies this bacterial can be dangerous to other systems in your body other than your reproductive system, so don’t ignore it. I will be trying the peroxide douche/tampon and a natural grapefruit juice over the next five days to see if this helps. Thanks for all the tips and fixes! By the way who says that a research fund can’t be started for BV.

  44. CS
    February 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I have been fighting recurrent BV for years. My husband went away for 2 years and during that time, no BV. When he came back and we had sex again, I started getting it again. Obviously, it’s not diet or soaps or anything like that. The only thing that changed was sex-no sex. Cipro worked better than the other antibiotics they give but after about 2 months, it’s back again. I do not have to use condoms, my tubes are tied, so it’s not an allergy to latex either. We are both STD free. I truly feel I’m allergic to his semen. What else am I supposed to do with that other than were dreaded condoms that I don’t need anyway. Ughhh.

  45. Georgia
    February 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Hi ladies my social life been a nightmarre plus my sex life with my husband horible. I dont know what to do anymore. i keep having vaginal discharge,odor, pain during sex, sweat that keep me from social life because of the odor. In school, all the girls dont like to seat with me. i dont have any word for this but if someone can tell me how to treat this discasting infection because my doctor keep give me prescrition for antibiotics which dont work after fews days.
    if any one can help me, i will apreciate. there is my email; kalensun@hotmail.com

    • Tiffany
      December 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

      Boric acid is the answer.It’s a miracle

  46. liz
    February 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    probiotics are key! we should all be taking them everyday for the rest of our lives! feel good about taking them they are the building blocks of our health. oil of oregano is a great fighter for this bacteria and you can get in capsule form taken everyday until they problem is gone.. about a month or 2 at least. I went to the doctor just to make sure this is what i had… am not taking their prescriptions which will just kill all my bacterial including the good kind… which we get from PROBIOTICS! So there is a way to stop this… it’s NOT normal and it shouldn’t be this common. We over use antibiotics in western medicine… and NOW bacterial vaginosis is about as common as a yeast infection. I wish you all the best of luck.. and talk to a supplement specialist. What they know is very simple and we should listen :)

  47. Lois Vargas
    April 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I have been suffering from chronic BV for over five years. It find it unacceptable that there is no answers for someone with this problem. My GYN recently explained the condition to me using analogies, she explained that all of this bacteria and yeast is present in a healthy vagina. The problem is when they outgrow one another and get carried away. She explained that with your garden, if you remove the grass then the weeds will take over. These different bacteria, and there are several, have many different names. But there is one in particular, the “good” bacteria that is the policeman of the block. He needs to keep everyone else in check and keep them from getting out of hand. She said that the metranydazole will take the infection away, but then it returns within a few days because my body isn’t producing enough “policemen” to keep things under control…my question to her was why? which she couldn’t answer….and can’t I take something to keep my PH at a normal level? the answer was again no. I know all of the “causes” and am do not use douches, have multiple partners, practice in certain sex acts..wear tight clothing…etc. I really believe that research needs to be done concerning this ‘more common than you think’ problem

  48. Nancy
    April 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi, I started having problems staying fresh after the birth of my first child. I have had two more my youngest is 12 and I have noticed a over the last couples years that I can smell like dead meat rotting. I have been to the Dr. they say nothing as far as any infections. I so embarrassed. I shower everyday sometimes twice. I use vaginal soap not any harsh soaps. Still no real relief from the odor. If so it is very temporary.Sometimes I can get out of the shower and still feel as if there is an odor. I want to try the yogurt and tampon to see if it would help balance my PH levels, if that could be whats wrong. Don’t know how long to leave it in or how many days to do it, in order to see results. Can you tell me?

  49. Viccky
    May 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    My question is i have never had sex before, however, after my monthly period, i get itchy and then after 3 or 4 days it goes away. What could probably be the cause of my problem? I talked to a PA because my Doctor was not around the time i went to the hospital and all she said was the vagina goes through changes during the menses. What can i also do to be free from the itchyness after my period? Thanks for your help.

  50. Airiel
    May 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi I have been dealing with itching,burning and redness down there for the past two months on and off. The anti-biotics DO NOT CURE bv. It does take away the itching a burning for a few days and then it comes right back!!!!! UGHH. It’s so frustrating. I am drained from all of this. I keep going to the gyno and they just want to give me antibiotics. i have been doing goldenseal i started yesterday. It is a type of plant that has been used for years to fight infections especially bv. It was even used for gonnoreha before. I am going to do this for two weeks and see if it helps me. i will let you ladies know. Also I noticed yogurt does help me somewhat. But i am ready to get rid of this thing for GOOD. Even a year free of it would be great! If you have any other suggestions just email me at airiel.marana@yahoo.com THANK You

  51. kim
    May 9, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    plz tell me how to use the peroixde

  52. Chris
    May 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I’ve just started using Acijel for this, I’ve found it really helpful, although I can’t seem to find out how long I’m supposed to stay on it. I’m also going to start taking a probiotic each morning (I recently read its very important to take a probiotic on an empty stomach half an hour before food). And after reading from a couple of posts here, I’m going to give that fresh grapefruit juice a try, that sounds awesome. I had no idea that this rotten infection could spread upwards into the fallopian tubes! I think I’d better try and sort it out. But why doctors cannot treat this condition properly, I have no idea.

  53. Angelique
    May 20, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Wow! I had no idea that so many women suffered as I do. BV has been a part of my life for years and yes I too have gone to the doctor to get those worthless antibiotics that don’t really work, but after reading your stories, it stops now! I will find a way to control this foul smelling infection thanks to some of recommendations I have read. I would like to enjoy having sex with my husband without the fear of getting BV. Thank you all for putting the word out that this is nothing to be embarrassed about but something we all need to work together to get rid of.

  54. heather
    June 10, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Just something to consider… I’m 33 with no children. I’ve had the same sex partner since November 2010, and back in January or February this year, I started to develop a horrific smell (disgusting, but somewhere between rotten fish and vomit). I almost threw up myself!! I was MORTIFIED!!! I have no other symptoms what so ever, not even unusual discharge. I thought maybe it was hormonal at first, because I have never had anything like it before in my entire life, yeast infections, yes, but this, no way!!! After, my “self-diagnosis” on the internizzle, I was, for sure it was BV! I couldn’t get into the ob/gyn until the end of March. This type of infection can be diagnosed while you’re in the doctor’s office and she came back in and said you’re right! I was treated with antibiotics and it was gone, no more odor, aahhh, the relief! Then 2 weeks after I completed the round of antibiotics I had sex with him again, several times, and almost immediately the symptoms were back! So, it took another 3 weeks to get back in to see her, and knowing what I made the appointment for again, she looked at me funny and sure enough I had it again. She gave me a different antibiotic which I’ve completed and again, gone!!! OK, my point, I use all hypo-allergenic unscented products, including laundry detergent, etc. So, upon elimination of all possible causes… she asks me if he’s circumcised, I said no! And, I don’t believe I’ve ever been with anyone that was uncircumcised. You can’t really tell when they’re hard. Anyway, they tend to harbor more bacteria than circumcised men, and not that he’s dirty, but that bacteria can also enter you creating an overabundance of bacteria in your vagina! She said it could also be the soap he uses. Also, we had sex several times in a short period of time (same day) without cleaning up afterward. Hence, resulting in the creation of more bacteria! And, sure enough, the symptoms were back almost immediately!!! Hence, my 2nd visit to the ob/gyn. So, I’m sure this can also be a problem for men that are circumcised. She said to have him clean prior to sex to reduce the amount of bacteria. I also started taking femdolpholis (not sure if that has helped so far).

  55. Sharon
    June 23, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    I just wonder if you were to use the yogurt prior to bedtime and if there is a connection between intercourse and spreading the bacteria back and forth, if the acidolpholis would be beneficial to both partners. Possibly if both were to take the oral supplements, plus using the yogurt before intercourse, it might solve the back and forth issue. There has to be an issue with the male’s PH at some point. I think there are times when my husband’s sperm smells stronger than others. Disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment.

  56. J
    June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    That’s interesting, as my partner is uncircumcised too, (I’ve not had this problem with previous ones, and most of them have been circumcised).

    I’ve not been formally diagnosed with BV, but it’s different from yeast infections (which I have had before too.. always after anti~biotic treatment) so am tackling it differently for now.

    Having read the comments above… I’m going with the probiotic approach (which I already take), the Aci~Jel for the internal “clean up”, and washing externally with aqueous cream. (Gynae recommendation for candida, previously). I’m also trying a crystal deodorant because it proclaims it will kill external bacteria. Not that it suggests vulval use…. but y’all know what I’m saying here… anything is worth a try.

    I’m also (for a number of reasons) keeping well off anything with sugar, and otherwise trying to adhere to the principals of the Candida diets. Despite there being two different complaints… candida (thrush) and BV, the similarities are far too much alike to not try the same treatments for both, in my opinion.

    BTW, I’m post~menopausal and minus cervix, uterus and ovaries, due to ovarian cancer, which I am disease~free from…. at present.

  57. Camilla
    July 3, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    Has it occured to anyone that it could be related to oral sex? The mouth is full of yeast. Some men have more than others, depending on their diet and oral hygiene. Everytime my husband and I had oral sex, I ended up with BV. I would use flagyl right after sex, and the symptoms did not appear at all. I only had to use it for 2 days.Hope this helps someone.

  58. Joletta
    July 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Hello all! I was so relieved when I found this message board because I have suffered with chronic BV for amost 12 years. Mine began after my first sexual encounter and has been a thorn in my side ever since. I have tried various prescriptions and home-remedies with no cure. However, a few months ago, I found something that has not been a cure but has definitely created some relief. I am a person that sweats a lot, and I found that the smell was worse whenever my heartbeat was elevated which usually led to my sweating. I finally spoke with my son’s godmother who is a nurse, and she gave me suggestions that have really helped.

    1) Do not use any perfumed soaps or body washes. She recommended Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash that cleanses and refreshes and any antibacterial soap. 2) Especially for heavy “sweaters” like myself, use Summer Eve’s Feminine Powder. 3) Use an unscented pantyliner. The pantyliner will help with moisture that can contribute to the overgrowth of the harmful bacteria and catches the odor. I, personally, sprinkle a little bit of the powder onto the pantyliner. 4) Eat sugar free yogurt. She suggested plain yogurt.

    I have been doing these things and have been very happy with the results. Plus, the yogurt has helped decrease the recurrence of yeast infections as well. Also, just as confirmation for myself and hopefully others, I haven’t eaten yogurt in a couple of weeks just because I usually ate it on my way to work and haven’t been to work lately. Sure enough the smell has come back; not as strong, but definitely noticeable to me.

    The little things work, and a simple change in diet may be the key for some of us. However, each person’s body is different. I definitely will be looking into some of the remedies provided on here. Thanks everyone, and I hope my comments and story will help someone else.

  59. Katy
    August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi ladies, sooo im 19 and have been battling BV over the passed year CANT STAND IT its brought down my self esteem its ruened my sex life… im actually depressed about it im not me anymore! i just want to be healthy and happy no problems. My boyfriend i just got back togeather with after 5 years of being apart lost my V card to him and now i have BV and i dont even want to tell him but i guess im going to have to im really embarassed, hes probably already noticed the odour :’( hate this so much… i can smell it through my clothes i have a gross discharge and everytime ive gotten rid of it wich has been like 3 times it comes back after my monthly …. im at my wits end and so stressed about it and stress probably doesnt help it either. But ive literally just spent almost 2 hours reading everyones comments and i have to say its given me a little bit of hope i pray too GOD that one of theese work for me.. i dont want to loose my boyfriend or not be able to have kids. im going to my gyno today at 2:45 and im bringing a sheet of questions from all the comments and i hope somthing good comes out of this other then the anitbioticcs and creams ect! wish me luck ladies ! and good luck to everyone i hope we all find a cure and get rid of this once and for all ! god bless !

  60. Brianna
    August 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi ladies, I’ve been reading this forum for the past 3 months now (ever since I had my first BV episode).

    I’ve recently had a second one within 3 mos — which makes me think that this may be chronic. During my first episode I was prescribed with flagystatin (antibacterial and fungicide) and it cleared up the symptoms for two months. However, I’ve just had my period 2 weeks ago and the distinct odour has been evident right after my period ended.

    I’ve done some extensive research and realized that the causes of BV is multi-faceted and must be addressed at its roots for long-term success. Here are the things that I’ve tried so far that DID work to alleviate my symptoms without pharmacological means.

    1. Daily oral probiotics (preferably the refrigerated kind, e.g. Ultimate Flora for Vaginal Support)

    2. Vaginal application of Femina Flora (specifically designed for vaginal use; it also contains lactose to feed the lactobacilli). It is available in health foods stores (e.g. Nutrition House in Canada) or online. It contains Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, which has consistently shown ability to attach and colonize vaginal and cervical tissue in several scholarly and peer-reviewed studies.

    3. Vitamin D — 2000 IU/day. Recent peer-reviewed studies have shown that Vit D is essential for the regeneration of squamous-epithelial cells that line our vagina and ectocervix. Also, the prevalence of BV is significantly higher among women with lower serum concentrations of Vit D than those with normal-high Vit D levels.

    Note: Douching is extremely dangerous. The pressure could potentially push the pathogens further up in the reproductive tract and may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.

  61. K
    September 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi Ladies:

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories. I too suffer from BV and was diagnosed about 5 or 6 years ago. Every year I get prescribed the metro gel, and end up taking it periodically over the year, to get rid of the smell. Needless to say, it always comes back. Recently I used some of it vaginally, and my partner had a horrible allergic reaction to it sending him to the hospital because it burned and stung him so badly. I’m mortified, for several different reason, and realize now that you can’t have sex until you’ve completed the treatment. I’m looking forward to trying some of these natural methods. I thought I was the only one who couldn’t seem to cure her bv…

    Thanks for sharing all of your stories and good look getting rid of this stuff!

    ~K

  62. Erin
    October 13, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    I’m so sick of this. I went to the doctor over a month ago with a yeast infection and UTI and I had to go back because I was still experiencing sypmtoms. A slight uncomfortable burning and discharge. And an unusual soreness after sex. She gave me a pap smear, did some cultures. Told me everything was normal. If everything was normal, I wouldn’t be feeling this way. I don’t even want to go to work because I’m convinced if I smell myself then my coworkers do too. I’m only 21 and I have been dealing with this since I was young highschool. Are there any fast remedies. I know any woman understands this, but I feel really gross and undesirable, and it makes life very depressing. It’s just not something that a woman wants to go through or should ever have to. I’d rather have a yeast infection than this crap. It seems to act up in spurts. And I just understand how I can have a colorful sex life one month or two and then all the sudden it flairs up at the drop of a hat. I need something quick. What can I do? I’m tired of waiting for doctors to call me back with something that doesn’t even work. I’m tired of waiting, I’ve been waiting for over a month now, and the past couple of days, the smell has gotten intolerable. I’m just at my wits end. And it makes me want to break down and cry.

  63. Kim
    October 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Hello Ladies

    Check out this product. http://www.provacare.ca/index.htm

    This forum has been extremely helpful. I am only treating BV for the first time. My only issue had been some discharge and very bad odour. I could smell it through my clothes. I have not been sexually active in the past year (ruled out semen allergy) – but I may not rule condoms / latex toys if it reoccurs

    The first day on this product and no smell!! (now on day 4)

    Since I have been reading, a lot of great home solutions have popped up. I plan on making sure I have Vitamin D, B Complex, Folic Acid, eating grapefruit and probiotic yogurt. Possibly looking into a probiotic supplement if needed. There has been a lot of talk on diet – my diet has been horrible this last year. Full of sugar and fast foods. This will change.

    I am so happy that I am not alone with this issue.

    ps: Douching is not good! I cringe when I read posts about inserting grocery store yogurt (in a tampon applicator) into the vagina.. and wondering “how to get it out” – These people need to see a doctor and a nutrition specialist!! Please be careful.

  64. Adam
    November 6, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    My wife has suffered with the same problem and I wanted to help. I did a lot of research this weekend and I found this medical study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20573348

    The short version is this: 96% of women who took a specific probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus had normal vaginal flora (ie no bacterial vaginosis) 96% of the time. The women took the product vaginally once a week, and there was a follow-up at 6 months and 12 months.

    So I went searching for a product with just this one kind of bacteria and found this: http://www.totaldiscountvitamins.com/product/32034/klaire_labs Klaire Labs, the company that makes this product, works a lot with doctors as a distributor of medical-grade products; as far as I can tell they sell high-quality products.

    So we ordered the product and are hoping that it helps her! Good luck to you all and I hope this is helpful!

  65. If sexually active your partners semen may be at fault
    November 16, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Something a lot of people don’t understand is compatibility of floras. I was with my boyfriend for a year and struggled with it constantly. Everyone has their own unique flora and its important to find a partner who’s closely matches yours. Everytime it would clear up I would think it was fine and when we had sex it would just come back worse.

    His general flora (semen and saliva) was incompatible with mine and caused bv whenever we had sex or oral, and this may sound like too much information but even when we had anal sex the semen that came out smelled very foul even when my bv was cleared up, just from his secretions mixing with mine. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be with someone if this happens to you, but with my boyfriend I later realized that it was probably a sign of our incompatibility because I’m not only happier now that we’ve parted, but I haven’t had a recurrence since.

    • KB
      February 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I totally agree with you – but I have not been able to get rid of my BV after I split with the boyfriend I got BV with!!  had it two years now – and I feel bad for my new boyfriend.
      I am depressed over the whole thing — it is embarassing that he cannot go down and have oral sex with me — that is gone from my sex life! :(

      • Nicole Thompson
        March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

        omg LADIES PLEASE HAVE YOUR GYNOCOLOGIST TEST YOU FOR UNDERLINING PROBLEMS !!!! Im 19 AND HAD BV FOR 2 YEARS I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS OVERR .I WENT TO DOCTOR AFTER DOCTOR AND THEY ONLY GAVE ME CLINDAMYCIN TO TREAT THE BV . IT WOULD WORK BUT THEN A WEEK LATER IT WOULD COME RITE BACK !!! I WASN’T GOING TO GIVE UP AT ALL . I WAS HOUNDING MY DOCTORS IN THERE EVERY WEEK , TELLING THEM “YOU GUYS KEEP GIVING ME THE SAME ANTIBIOTICS WHICH OBVIOUSLY ISN’T WORKING AND DEMANDED THEY TEST ME FOR A UNDERLINING PROBLEM”(which they usually don’t do smh) SO THEY TESTED ME FOR UNDERLINING PROBLEMS , FOUND MYCOPLASMA ,TREATED THAT AND GUESS WHAT? HAVEN’T HAD IT IN ALMOST A YEAR .

        LADIES THIS IS YOUR BODY DON’T BE EASY AND WAIT AROUND , HOUND THE DOCTORS BECAUSE IT’S YOUR. HEALTH & BV CAN LEAD TO PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME (luckily they treated it before it damaged/scarred my reproductive organs )

        HOPE THIS HELPED !!!

  66. amanda
    November 16, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Hey there peeps! So I got a uti and vag. infection after sex and oral. I would suggest to u guys u not to use spit as a lube and make sure your hands, mouth and genitals are clean b4 and after any sex act. After u use antibiotics, u will most likely get a rebound infection because all the good vag. Flora are gone, causing an overgrowth of the bad flora. Immediately following antibiotic treatment I take vaginal and urinary probiotic supplements. I also am taking a vag. gel insert to balance pH levels.

  67. amanda
    November 16, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Oh, another thing I forgot to add is that ppl can get bv and a yeast infection at the same time, so get treated for both. I took monistat (it burned so bad) and the next day douched with summer’s eve medicated douche which u r supposed to take for a week. Oh, make sure you AND your partner get treated before u resume sexual activity, otherwise the infections will continue to get passed on btwn partners and get more resistant to treatment.

    • aigarcia
      December 8, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      what should he do to avoid re infection

  68. Chambers
    November 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    My husband and I are currently pregnant and i didn’t start having bv symptoms until after I found out I was pregnant. Its embarrassing to tell my husband no when he wants to have sex, because of my discharge. I just recently tried the Apple cider vinegar bath so I’m not sure if it worked or not, though there is an irritation relief. Any suggestions?

  69. Keara
    December 6, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    I’ve been dealin with bv for 8 years and i wanted tu KNO does the peroxide clear it up Nd does it burn wen u use it. Please help me I’m so tired of it ND it’s ruinin my life

    • lynette
      January 6, 2012 at 12:47 am #

      Hello. I have had BV for about 4 years. I have been back & fourth to my doctor only to keep getting antibiotics which supress the symptoms for a few days but DOES NOT cure it. I don’t trust them anymore so I started looking for something more natural. Thank God I found this website. I tried the hydrogen peroxide w/ purified water (half & half) and right after my first douch I was SQUEAKY CLEAN! No odor, smell, discharge, or anything. I am on my 4th day & so far so good (or great) the 2nd day their was a LITTLE burning but nothing at all serious. I am also taking Probiotics and folic acid to restore the healthy bacteria down there. And I drink grapefruit juice every morning to keep my ph levels balanced. I want to cry from excitement! As a woman it feels greatttttttt to finally be squeaky clean.

      • KB
        February 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

        Did your BV come back?  I tried this same system and it did not work – nothing has :(  I have had BV for about 2 years……Sadness……………

  70. ACV
    December 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Use apple cider vinegar. Empty out a regular douche bottle with vinegar and add about 20 percent acv and the rest water. Also drank grapefruit juice. Just make sure grapefruit juice won’t interact with any meds ur on. So far this is working for me.

  71. ACV
    December 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Better to get rid of bv vs not douching with acv.

  72. JP
    December 20, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Hi everybody, I too have been struggling with recurring BV for the last few years. It is linked to my period and intercourse, whether protected or not. I finally brought the issue to my naturopathic doctor and he helped me with some homeopathic supplements. They relieved my symptoms, but once I had sex with a new partner several months later, it came back. The BV comes with being introduced to new bacteria, my system has weakened from so many BV infections followed by an antibiotic, then an infection, then antibiotic, and so on. I would suggest to anybody who has just started getting BV to NOT take antibiotics. Think about your system and the fact that your body is having a problem keeping bacteria balanced in your vagina. After 2 years of taking the go-to antibiotic for BV, my body can no longer keep my vagina balanced. I am now on a mission to regain that strength. It seems that oral and vaginal probiotics are a big part of the answer. Also lowering sugar intake and eating more plain yogurt. Any other suggestions would be wonderful as we all have been suffering the embarrassment and discomfort. I am comforted to know that I am not as alone as i thought i was. I strongly suggest seeing a naturopathic doctor, it has been extremely beneficial for this matter and my overall health/vitality in general.

  73. Keli
    December 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    This was my first time with BV. I thought I had just a yeast infection for a long time…what has worked best is:
    -douching and doing compresses with yin care http://www.yincare.com/products.htm which I got from my accupuncturist
    -Taking Ultimate Vagina Flora orally
    -Taking oil of oregano and olive leaf extract

  74. Kellie
    December 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    I have been dealing with bv for about 4 years now. At first it was one infection and now it’s turning into one right after another. Soy dr told me today 12/22/11 that we are going to do the suppressive therapy with the gel for 10 days and then for 2 days a week for 3-6 months. I’m hoping this works. I have no life and I feel bad that I can’t be happy for my kids. I’m a single mom and I use condoms but my sex life is gone. If this keeps up my dr said there is a program at u of m an maybe they an help me. I take the acidophilus and iron hoping that helps but it keeps coming back. Not sure what to do anymore.

  75. Stacey
    January 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I’ve been suffering with bv for about 6 months. I have had it before 3 yrs ago and they were both caused by antibiotics for infections. The BV infection i am dealing with right now was caused by penicillin i got a cut on my foot and it got infected, and the doc gave me penicillin.It killed the infection, and everything else in my body, and since then i have been trying to get everything in balance again.i went to the doc they gave me metrozodle did not work! Also A tube of acid jelly you insert after your period, did not work!I feel the only way to deal with this is all natural.I’ve been taking femacdiphallous twice daily, I’ve inserted acidophiles powder on a soaked yogurt tampon for a few hours,3 days a week.The bv symptoms are worse after my period so i have been using the rephresh tablets to keep things balanced.I’m also taking garlic tablets, lots of yogurt, cutting out a lot of sugar. When you are desperate for relief you will try anything.I’m so glad to have this forum we need to support each other.I will let you know how my remedies work.

  76. stephanie
    January 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I just finished with my 7 day antibiotic treatment for bv .. even though i was told not to have sex while taking the antibiotics my husband and I didn’t follow the rules.. could I HAD GOTTEN PREGNANT even though i was taking antibiotics? my period is two days late..

  77. cs
    January 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    There’s a Homeopathic BV Treatment for sale at Walgreens and Wal Mart. It’s called VH Essentials in case you’ve never heard of it. I started heavy probiotics for a week prior to using it and during, then cut back a little on the probiotics and still have not had a recurrence after a month.

    • Animallover2036
      February 11, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      that product works great for me also but after I have sex the symptoms come back.

  78. Crystal
    January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Hi I have had b.v fpr 7 years now and have tried every med known to women with this condition. Nothing seems to work. I use tampons so the yogurt tampon is out for me an I have eaten yogurt so many times with no result.I wanted to know if anyone has tried the kelfir milk thing an if so how did it work an where do i get it.Also instead of taking a apple cider viniger bath can I mix a few teaspoons of it with water an drink it daily. Thank you very much.

  79. Saphraellah
    February 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Just a few things that work for me…I’ve had a reoccuring infection for about 3 months now that I can’t seem to shake completely but when I smell that odor coming on I inseret a capsule of goldenseal vaginally..by the next day the odor is gone.I also take femdophilus and capsules of turmeric. Douching with grapefruit juice also helps, but make sure to use yogurt or a probiotic vaginally to reintroduce good bacteria to the vagina…I hope this problem goes away for good eventually. It’s caused sever depression and problems in my sex life..my partner always prided me on how good my natural smell was and now I’m always timid. Good luck ladies

  80. CAROLE
    February 23, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    HEY LADIES,,,I’m telling you i’ve had the same fu**kin problem for a year now but its way gone!!!!!! i stopped douching with water after sex,,and i told my bf i’m allergic to latex condoms, and we stopped using them!!!!since then i’m happy i smell fresh all day long!!!! i take a shower twice a day, wear cotton panties and stay healthy!!!!!!! dont panic ladies!!!! be brave and fight the devil!!!! God bless you and help you all!!!!!!

  81. Melanie
    February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I don’t want to jinx myself in this aspect, however I have came across Primadophilus Reuteri to treat and hopefully ultimately cure BV. I have been suffering from this debilitiating infection going on two years now. Please take my advice and do not get an antibiotic to treat BV. For, I assure you, you will get a yeast infection then the BV comes back with a vengeance. I have yet to find a Doctor who was understanding of what I was going through… it was as if I was annoying them and this is why I set out to find a cure online on my own. The Yogurt, apple cider vinegar, all the other treatments out there are a hoax. It may work for a while but it’s nothing like The Reuteri in which I have came across, for it is a God send!!! In addition, I wanted to ask you ladies… My ex broke up with me because of this issue! So, now I am apprehensive about starting a new relationship for fear of this… How did you all go about explaining this prroblem to your boyfriend or husband? I would appreciate the feedback and I hope whomever had doubts in regards to this infection, Goes to a Vitamin Shoppe and purchases this item!

    • Sandra
      April 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Melanie,
      Sorry to hear that your bf broke up with you over this issue. I know it’s cliche, but better to know now than find out later that he’s not willing to go through the difficult things with you.

      I told my boyfriend that this is similar to a yeast infection, that it is cause by an imbalance of bad bacteria that changes the ph level in my vagina. I also made a mixture of coconut oil with tea tree oil and I asked him to rub it on his penis at night for a week. I’ve read that men don’t need to be treated, but I felt that it would help him feel he was contributing to fixing the situation. I’m also asking him to change his body wash to something that is ph balanced and to brush his teeth with a few drops of oregano oil right before he engages in giving me oral sex (I will do the same).

      I know it seems like a lot, but I also explained that I’m trying tea tree oil suppositories, taking probiotics orally and vaginally, using a course of rePhresh and planning to use them or a peroxide douche every time right after sex, eating yogurt and taking folic acid and vitamin c daily. So he knows that I’m not asking him to do more than I’m doing.

      This is not an STD, so you don’t have to disclose this before you have sex. As for being concerned about the smell or discharge – there are plenty of remedies like the peroxide douches, boric acid vaginal inserts and rePhresh suppositories which make that go away (even if it’s temporary, but it will be long enough for a couple of days).

  82. Anne
    February 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    I have tried everything. I’m desperate. Please help stupid doctors don’t listen. Seriously is this whole giant problem being ignored? The gyn just sends me home with anti-biotics or nothing. Are there no specialists….seriously this condition is a PERMANENT DISEASE. Here’s what I’ve tried:

    Hydrogen peroxide: douche/ tampon soaked
    Probiotics: primadohpolus and femdopholus, both intravaginally and orally
    boric acid suppositories
    folate
    rephresh
    every anti-biotic they give

    Now the antibiotics don’t even make it go away at all. I used to at least have a week of being better before it came back. Now i have it continuously through treatment. I feel like I have some super virus.
    There are a wide variety of bacteria/ viruses that cause this, they treat each organism with one anti-biotic? This doesn’t seem right, viruses/bacteria are too diverse to be treated without being identified

    if there is anything I haven’t tried, that someone thinks would work tell me. I’m at the very end here. If there was surgery, I would do it. If there was any sort of terrible awful course of treatment for this that would work I would suffer through it. anything to make it stop.

  83. Kelly
    March 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Hey Ladies,

    Was at the doctor last week, and the #1 thing she told me was NEVER, EVER DOUCHE, and NEVER, EVER stick ANY food products inside your vagina. ESPECIALLY dairy products. When I told her I saw on-line to put all natural, unflavored yogurt up there, she cringed and replied, “what happens to dairy products when they get warm, or go bad? They curdle, right? Don’t do it!” And as far as douching goes, she said it not only upsets the “flora”, but it also cleans away all the natural bacteria you NEED to fight off infections.

    I also have only recently suffered from chronic yeast infections and BV since I’ve been with my boyfriend of 6 months. Reading that the problem could be our chemistry, made me VERY sad. Not just because we love each other so much, but that the sex is fabulous…how can that be : ( ! Ugh. If that’s the case, I will be very sad.

    But I have been eating a LOT of junk food and sugar this past winter, and way more then normal. Gonna try a few of your diet suggestions, and TRY to eliminate refined sugar. Someone once told me that it only takes a week to get on a strict diet, then it gets easier and easier. Honestly, if my choices are junk food or awesome sex, I will choose sex, any day!

    Thank you ladies for being so honest and making me realize that I am NOT alone in this struggle! Good luck to all of us!

    • Nay
      March 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Hi Kelly,

      not to be biased, but md’s wont ever want you to use natural remedies but it will take away from their income flow….

      i look at it this way, women had to find natural remedies before anti-biotics existed – and besides that, they are man made – so i dont agree entirely with the MD – I’m going to try the naturals remedies on my end – but for the bf – he needs to be treated with antibiotics for once and for all – treat him – cure yourself, and in the meantime, don’t have sex – i know it will be hard, but will be worth it if you are both cured….

  84. Alocin
    March 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi i’ve just found out i’m 4 weeks pregnant and have also found out i have BV.
    I really dont know what to do for the best. To have the baby or not??? If i can help it i dont want to bring an unhealthy child into this world. Will BV harm the baby in any way?? i have read it can make you premature but not how it may affect the baby.
    Has anyone had a child when they had BV??? I would love to hear what your pregnancy was like.
    I have a really difficult decision to make. Please help!!

    Many Thanks.

    • Sandra
      April 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      I have read about a lot of pregnant women with BV. This is not an STD – it is an imbalance of bad bacteria vs good bacteria, similar to a yeast infection. On a different page I looked at, there was a pregnant woman who posted the treatment her midwife recommended. I know it involved peroxide douches, but I don’t remember what else. This can be treated naturally, without antibiotics, so it won’t affect the baby at all.

    • Sandra
      April 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      I found the post I was talking about, this is what she said:

      BV and Yeast are not the same thing. BV is a bacterial infection, while yeast is a fungal infection.

      This is the regimen my midwives gave me regardless if I have yeast or BV

      1. 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide in a bulb syringe squirted into the vagina every other day for a total of 3 treatments.
      2. Make up a solution of 2-4 tbsp distilled white vinegar in a pint of water. Use either a peri bottle or a spray bottle to rinse yourself after every bathroom trip
      3. Lots of probiotics
      4. Thread a piece of garlic with plain dental floss and insert in vagina at night time, remove in morning. Do this for 2-3 days longer than your symptoms to make sure the yeast is dead.

      It has worked well for me.

      I don’t know if we’re allowed to post links, but this is where it was posted: http://naturalliving.livejournal.com/4558787.html

  85. Nay
    March 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi Ladies,

    I have suffered from recurring BV many times. When I was with a steady boyfriend, the only thing outside of the flagyl and metrogel that helped was getting my bf at the time to be treated too with flagyl.

    when i got it again years later, after we had broken up, i attributed to multiple sexual partners and not using protection.

    well, some time has passed again, and i have been sexually inactive, so the vagina was in great shape. but recently, i have been reunited with ‘the one’ and guess what? the BV is back. i am quite certain that his natural juices are not mixing right with mine, and so i would like for him to be treated. i understand that they dont do much research on men, but the thing is this, changecs are if you have the same partner and you keep getting recurring episodes of BV, he most likely is carrying the ‘microbes’ in his urethera – its not affecting him, as it is a female issue, but those microbes are disturbing the natural ph balance in the vagina and causing the naturally acidic levels of the vagina to be thrown off and overcome with his ‘microbes’ which doesn’t make for a happy vagina.

    i dont want drugs this time so i have been doing some reasearch for natural remedies. one is a douche with hydrogen peroixde for a week, and the other is making homemade apple cider vingear suppositores to use for 3 days – you take 1 part acv and 1 part distilled water, fill small ice cube trays, and insert at night.

    i hope this helps ladies. it sure is a unhappy state of mind to have that funky odor down there….

  86. JJ
    March 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    I have had BV for several years now. And when I say chronic I mean c.h.r.o.n.i.c – no ‘flare ups’ with periods of relief in between. No, I have constant BV all the time. However, I guess I am ‘lucky’ in the sense that it rarely itches or is painful, just a little discharge and the smell. I used to use the hydrogen peroxide douche followed by apple vinegar – both mixed with water. It controls the smell for a few hours, but I have to do this 2-3 times a day.

    I almost thought I had found a cure when I tried the Tru Alka water with a pH of 9. Drinking 1-2 bottles a day made the BV go away! I was ecstatic but after about a week the BV starting coming back (despite continuing with the pH water). But it did indicate to me that an overacidic body may be linked/contribute to BV.

    About a week ago I started Fem Dophilus – 1 capsule per day. Again, BV went away, me: ecstatic. But now it is starting to come back and I am so very extremely frustrated!!! I have upped the dosage to 2 capsules per day and will cut out coffee for the time being. When I do drink something acidic though, I put in a few droplets of alkaline liquid to counterbalance the acidity. Hopefully this works…I am so frustrated with these damn bacteria fighting their way back into my system when I thought I was ‘cured’!! I also just finished my period 2 days ago so maybe the flora will find its balance again. Fingers crossed!

    Other than that – I have a bf and sleep with him without condoms. I have had this problem with my previous bf already as well. It’s not only linked to intercourse though, I also have it when we are apart for several weeks at a time.

    Ugh, this is so frustrating. :( Hopefully we can find a ‘cure’! Good luck everyone!

  87. JJ
    April 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I was wondering why grapefruit juice in particular helps fight BV? I know an acidic diet can increase BV (and grapefruit juice is very acidic, so why does it help?).

    And why does coffee increase BV? As the post above stated, I am on femdophilus and then started having BV again. I cut out coffee for a couple of days and it seemed to go away again. So yesterday I drank a cup of coffee and boom – BV came within MINUTES! I didn’t know that was even possible. I remembered that one of the worst days of my BV despite being of femdophilus was a day during which I had drank more coffee than usual. So it might be a significant contributing factor.

    I LOVE coffee and am wondering why it makes the BV worse? I tried using alkaline drops in the coffee but that doesn’t seem to help.. Yesterday I did a vinegar douche mixed with a femdophilus tablet after drinking my mug of coffee and that seemed to do the job.

  88. Lauren
    April 6, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    I have had BV for about 2 yrs now. And as stated in all the above comments, the antibiotics get rid of the smell and discharge while I’m taking the medicine but both return as soon as I’m done with the prescription. I am so frustrated and depressed bc of this, I feel like nobody will ever want to be with me (sexually). It’s disgusting, I disgust myself with this. Ugh I am in DESPERATE need of a solution for once and for all. I can’t live my whole life like this. I have been recommended the probiotics but will I have to take those everyday for the rest of my life?! It’s just awful. My confidence is weighed down so much by this, please please please if anybody has a SOLUTION for CHRONIC BV I would sincerely appreciate it if you shared. Thanks ladies, and good luck as well.

    If anybody does have a solution please email me at lalanicole10@yahoo.com

  89. Can not believe there is NOT a "cure" yet...........
    April 6, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    I am 25 and have had BV since I was 17. I don’t know if it all started becuase my first was cheating on me and gave me chlamydia, but my vagina has not been the same since.

    I notice when I take birth control pills and vit E + folic acid (not sure what exactly is helping of the 3) but it very slightly “helps”. I do eat extremely healthy but have an extreme sweet tooth (i mean extreme!!) so that probably makes it much worse.

    Funny-both times I have been pregnant and during breast feeding, there seems to be no flare up. I was looking into maybe trying some kind of pregnancy hormomone. Currently I am using some kind of natural BV prevention pills from Rite Aide, supposed to take them oraly daily-I have to insert one daily instead for actual results. Although the odor is gone and disharge is eliminated, it is not a long term solution. I literally have to use these capsules daily-they are basically just BORAX in a capsule. Not only is this all embarrassing but its uncomfortable! Plus once the capsule disolves, there is gritty white borax in my underwear…..I have been to gyno’s and dr’s and and and and-I know of an amazing naturopath and am considering going to her for help because after yrs of research it all comes down to-sugar, hydrogen peroxide, Folic Acid, no sex, no condoms, soap (only dove sensitive unscented), no tampons, no softeners NO NO NO NO! And each time I have been treated it comes back 2 weeks later. I am so frustrated because I am single and do not even want to share this disgusting secret to a man who doesnt understand what this feels like-its on my mind all day EVERY day-just want my normal vagina back………..ON THE POSITIVE SIDE-there are quick fixes at least!!!

    FYI-I would look into how to balance the vagina’s pH and Flora and intestinal flora, Foods that keep your body Alkaline,….. YOGURT DOES NOT HELP! Yogurt will not do any damage or help for BV-it does not have the exact same bacteria and many are fooled by this. “lactobacillus—l. crispatus and l. jensenii—” are the good bacteria in the vagina-not acidophilus….

    And yes keep talking!!! One day we will find

  90. Cart-RAT
    April 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    i lost my virginity 5 years ago to my boyfriend in college. i remember sex always hurting and when i would relieve myself afterward, my vagina/urethra/everything down there would burn and ache… sometimes for over an hour after sex. this happened in the beginning and for some reason i thought it was a normality for me because he was pretty well endowed so i thought maybe it was because of his size. the after a couple of years, i stopped feeling the burning pain but due to personal and emotional reasons, the sex sucked and perhaps it would always hurt during because i wasn’t into it.

    we broke up and i was celibate for 6 months. then i met my current boyfriend back in march 2011. i’m on the pill and i hate condoms so we had unprotected sex and while it did hurt the first night, i thought since i had only one partner for so long that my body wasn’t used to another man. i was itchy and smelly and all that shit so treated it as a yeast infection and bought monistat and everything was hunky dory. on an emotional side, the sex was incredible. i couldn’t get enough of him. again, no condoms and i would let him ejaculate inside me. we dated in sexual bliss for four months and then all of a sudden i get a horrible case of yeast infection. at first i thought it was a uti so i bought otc medicine for it. but yet… it still didn’t feel like a uti so then i bought monistat again. it burned/itched like hell and it would still hurt during sex and even more when i would urinate afterward. i went to the doc and he diagnosed me with a yeast infection that monistat just couldn’t cure. finished with that and yeah, still in pain. went back, turns out i had a yeast AND bacterial infection. got treated. and well y’know… always turning up positive for bv. the gyno office people got to know me pretty well. i was averaging about 2 visits a month.

    finally after 3 months of going back and forth with this bullshit, while taking acidophillus supplements, i had my partner treated with antibiotics as well as myself. and for about 2-3 months, it worked.

    i guess i could blame this recurrence on the fact that i slacked in taking my acidophillus supplements for about a week or two. perhaps your body gets addicted? i’m not sure. i got more flagyl from a teladoc but obviously, i don’t know what i was thinking because–surprise! it didn’t work. and now i think i’m even allergic to it. i used to take femdophillus but then i upgraded to megaflora (went from 5 billion per capsule to 50 billion timed released). my annual isn’t for another week but right now i’m doing the yogurt insert with acidophilus mixed in. even though i’m on my period right now, i’m still doing it but i can’t say for sure that it’s working. i know your period knocks you off balance. but i consulted my doc a lot time ago about natural remedies and she supports but i’m definitely gonna give her the hairy eyeball when i see her and will demand to be tested for PID or mycoplasma or any other infection that might have spread because of this. i don’t blame her at all for giving me antibiotics after antibiotics–she is trying to help me–but i think from reading all sorts of forums and boards on this issue, it needs more research.

    after reading some more remedies that were discussed, i’m gonna give it a go. i’ll try laying off the sweets (i have gained weight since meeting my boyfriend and i have a unworldly sweet tooth), i’ll get me some grapefruit juice and depending on how my annual goes, i’ll keep doing the yogurt insert. i’ve read that the bacteria that causes the infection lives on the tip of a man’s penis so i’m considering making my boyfriend take some acidophillus supplements and maybe using some strong ass soap on his area. because it was working for a little bit so i think i was on the right track there getting him medicated. but maybe i wasn’t thorough enough. i just hate making him do weird things because of *my* problem.

    however, i don’t understand how i could all of a sudden be getting this because of him in any way since in the beginning of our relationship, the sex was amazing and we had no problems. we’ll see. but i’m so glad i’m not alone. thanks, ladies (and some gentlemen) for your voice.

  91. Sammi
    April 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Can somebody please tell me how to get rid of the smell !!!!!!!!!!! please help me im only 17 !!!!!!!!!!! i have no idea what to do :(

    • Melanie
      May 14, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Go to the Doctor, they can give you meds and it should clear up quickly!

  92. jodie
    June 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    last year i had 2 episodes of bacterial vaginosis and a recurrent episodes of thrush, i had swabs to confirmed this. i kept trying to work out why i was gettign recurrent thrush and bv twice, i did some internet research because my doctor unset abit trying to blame my boyfriend cheating, i did a diary to try and connect it to sex but it wasn’t. i then found someone wrote saying they had the same thing and stop their pill (yasmin) and it stopped, i was on yasmis so i stopped this in february of this year, everything was fine and i didnt have any thrush or bv. except now a couple of weeks ago i had thrush and now ive got the fishy ordour of bv but this time i have pelvic pain without, what do you think could be the reason of this?

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