I finally have a handle on the bv that has plagued me for years. Since I've become something of an unwilling expert on the topic, I thought I'd add what I've learned. A lot of these remedies are trying to achieve the same goal. Vitamin C (absorbic acid) and vinegar (acetic acid), are acids (obviously) which lower pH. The probiotics are to get more lactobacillus bacteria populating the vagina, which in turn create lactic acid. They are different routes to the same place- low pH. In my experience, some of the recommended approaches are too harsh, they cause irritation and ultimately more harm than good. Low pH is good, up to a point. Too low (too acidic) and you will burn your skin. I use a product similar to what Ina, the commenter below me, got from her doctor. It is a lactic acid gel called Jelly, made by Ladybits Toiletries. It does the two things a bv sufferer needs any treatment to do: lower pH and help lactobacillus to flourish in the vagina (with prebiotics). Home remedies like yogurt, which contains lactic acid, can do these things, too. I like this product because it unscented and the texture is like that of lube. Over the years of battling bv, I've told my hubby, 'Sorry,honey.' too many times to count. I no more want to have sex when I've got yogurt up there, or I'm red and sore from a vitamin C or boric acid capsule, than I do when I have an active infection. At this point, I'd rather shell out the money for a commercial product (albeit a natural one) that will do what I need it to to prevent a relapse and not interfere with a normal sex life. Plus, I've had enough bad reactions to some of my 'experiments' to last a lifetime. I'm all for DIY, and lots of women have success with these methods- just be careful to be gentle with your body.
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