The only thing that works for me is limiting sugar and taking a 30 billion flora probiotic. Even then I can still 'feel' it. I also take bladderwrack for my thyroid. Does that have iron in it? Would it help if I quit taking it?
So many women are using harsh treatments to cure bv. I found a system that only uses water to restore ph balance. I have been using waterworks for almost a year and have not had any episodes of bv or yeast infections. I used 1-2 times a day when I was suffering from bv. Now I use it 3-4 times a week to maintain my ph and I use it twice a day during my period to keep everything flushed out and clean.
You can find it by searching waterworks health
FOUND A CURE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Like so many women on here I am so thankful I found this site--what a relief to know I wasn't alone and see all the options I could try! After 3 rounds of Metro Gel and one round of oral antibiotics I had NO RELIEF. I was fed up with my doctor telling me BV isn't something to be worried about! I have been married for 11 years and aside from 4 or 5 easily treated yeast infections over the years I had never dealt with anything like this! My worst symptoms were itching and inflammation. I did not have a strong odor, but the Dr. confirmed it was BV. After antibiotics I tried many of the remedies and supplements on here. Some helped a little but did not cure me (garlic, probiotics inserted vaginally, Vit D, Vit C, multi vitamins...). Finally I found what's working for me. I will update if the BV comes back but after treatment, so far so good!
If you have access to very good quality essential oils, then please try this!
INFO: I recommend DoTerra oils (because that's what I used and I can't say if other oils are the same) The suggested oils for BV are Rosemary and Cinnamon. In addition Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree oil)and Lavender can help immensely with the itching and irritation. With that said, I had to wait a while to get the recommended oils and ended up using Oregano (always recommended for infections) instead and that worked for me.
OK here is the step by step of what I did:
1.Basic changes that are going to be life long: Cutting back on sugar (I'm not too self controlled in this dept but getting rid of BV is very motivating!)Added a multivitamin and good probiotic (Ultimate Flora 30billion) every day. No more soap for washing down there. Just rinsing with water! Lots of water with lemon.
2. 'coconut tampons' I froze organic,extra virgin coconut oil in those water bottle ice cube trays (they are the size of a tampon) added a drop each of melaleuca, lavender, and oregano oil (inserted these at bedtime for 5 days and wore a pad). This is very soothing and since I did it at night, it wasn't very messy. When I first woke up some drained into the pad, but after getting ready for the morning I was able to take it off and just wear my cotton undies alone for the day. (You smell great down there all day!)
3. This is what I think was key to really killing the infection: Lemon, Melaleuca, and Oregano Oil: 1-2 drops each in a veggie capsule 3x day for 10 days. I felt well by day 3.
4. I was able to be intimate with my husband by day 5 after months of abstaining. I did feel a bit irritated externally afterwards and (after a shower)just put a quarter size drop of coconut oil in my palm with a drop each of melaleuca, lavender and Oregano oil and applied externally-- instant soothing!
That's it. If I begin to feel symptoms return or very irritated after sex, I will probably pop in a 'coconut tampon' for the night. If that doesn't do it, I will do another round of oral oils and experiment with rosemary or cinnamon oils in my coconut tampons.
I am praying this helps someone and I am sure that the LORD led me to this resource! If you are discouraged: remember there are lots of different, natural things you can try and you are not alone in this struggle!
Hello, I have been suffering with BV for so many years. It was so bad one night at the dinner table my son actually lost his appetite due to my 'smell'. I got to the point that I would not sit near anyone, I would not have any physical contact with anyone and pretty much stayed at home. I was so depressed. Then I began home remedies. I have tried everything and spent so much money. Believe me, I tried almost everything from yogurt, cranberry juice (bathing and douching) to tomato juice etc...FINALLY I did research on home remedies and found a solution that worked for me. First I got a cotton ball and put some lemon juice on it. I inserted into my Vag - yes it stung, but no pain, no gain. I only did that once and let it stay in there for 2 hours. Then I put 1 capsule of women's probiotic with cran-max and Vit D and one capsule of probiotic plus cranberry into my Vag. I take 1600mg of Folic acid per day.
I continue to insert the probiotics and take the folic acid daily and have been ODOR FREE for 3 weeks now. I am praying this works.
Latex condoms were causing my bv. We had to switch to polyurethane condoms.
I took warm baths to which I added 1/2 c of clorox bleach & soaked til the water started cooling off. (Make sure the tub is really clean first.)
I also dipped tampons in apple cider vinegar & wore them overnight.
Like many women here who constantly have bv ; I got it at least once a month and between doctors , antibiotics & lab work to only prove what I already know .. It was costing me about $250-300. And I think we can all agree how annoying this can really be. I found this website & tried a bit of everything, a lot of women mentioned they saw results within a day or couple of hours so when I didn't get the same result , I would give up & go back to the doctors. I've come up with a regime that has been working for me , but it took about 2 days for me to notice a difference .
Chlorophyll- you can get it from gnc ; I take 2 tablespoons 2x a day.
Probiotic 10 - 25billion , the vitamin shop 2 capsules 2x a day
And at night I fancy it up..
Take the chlorophyll, the probiotic , 1000mg emergen-c (you need it to build up your immune system to fight off the ugly stuff)
And 3500mg cranberry vitamin .
Not everybody is the same ; give it some time to work it's magic.
I have been dealing with BV for two-three years. It was horrible. I was getting the BV at least once a month and I tried everything. Spent way too much money on so many doctors. Well I finally came across an OBGYN who had experience with the BV. She put me on s compound medication to insert vaginally twice a week. I used it for about four months. I haven't had it since!!! Please try this. I know how annoying the BV is and I know how incredibly frustrating it is to have no help from doctors but antibiotics. Here is the compound that the OBGYN gave to me I'm typing it straight off the bottle.
BORIC ACID 400 MG/ ESTRADIOL3MG/ ACIDOPHILUS200MU 400MG/3MG/200MU
I'm not exactly sure what everything is but I know it worked for me and I hope it can help you women out there too!!
CURE AND PREVENT BV!!!!!!
I have been dealing with BV for the better part of a year now. It's been frustrating and I have had no help from doctors. I have tried the antibiotics, I have tried rinsing with peroxide, inserting plain yogurt with a tampon etc. I have pretty much done everything out there with no luck. I recently read a testimonial from a woman who suffered from BV for years. I did what she said and it worked!!!! Purchase Ultimate Flora Vaginal Support. I used the 15 billion strength but it comes in higher ones too. For five days I took one pill orally. I also put plain greek yogurt on a tampon and opened up a capsule of the probiotic and sprinkled it over the yogurt. I would leave the tampon in for about 5 hours each day for the 5 day duration. After the five days I continued to take one pill per day orally and my BV has NOT returned. I couldn't be more happy and relived that I have finally found a cure and method of prevention. I have read so many cases of women suffering for years with BV so if you are willing to spend the 20 bucks to try this treatment it works! You don't need to get all fancy with diy treatments you just need to replenish the good bacteria that your body is missing. Please try this it works!!
I've suffered from BV for over 8 years on and off. I recently found a regimen that seems to keep it under control.
Odorless garlic pills (oral)
Women's multivitamin w/ 600 Folic Acid
That's it. I'm sure I need to change up my diet, but I eat pretty healthy as is. For right now this is what's working. Very easy.
Here is my story about how I cleared up my bvd and kept it away! I took the flagyl gel that the gyno prescribed. Gel in my vag for 5 nights. After I finished the antibiotics, I waited 3 days for the flagyl to get out of my system. I then started taking double doses of Rephresh Pro B probiotics for about a week. After that week I took one a day. I drink 8 oz of kefir everyday, take folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin C, and I even drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar in it. I do this everyday. If I start feeling a little funky down there (like not so fresh) I soak a tampon in half water and half apple cider vinegar and leave it in my vag for about 2 hours. This works for me, I have not had a reoccurrence of bv since doing this process after my antibiotic treatment. I think the trick is to kill all the bad bacteria with the antibiotics first. Then load up on probiotics afterwards to build up the good bacteria. (The bad bacteria grows faster than the good bacteria) I can't say enough good things about Rephresh Pro B. It has really worked for me! I've been fresh and bvd free ever since I started using it.