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3 Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies You Can Start Using Today

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection, so it's no surprise that there are hundreds of different bacterial vaginosis remedies out there for you to try.

But having too many options is a problem in itself. You obviously want the one treatment that will give you the best results. But unfortunately different treatments work differently for different women, so it helps to know a handful of the best treatments that other women have tried and tested FOR you.

Another thing you ought to keep in mind is that one treatment alone usually just doesn't cut it, especially if you have had bacterial vaginosis for a while. Your best bet is to use a combination of different bacterial vaginosis remedies, each remedy supplementing the other through a different mode of action. 

So in this article I'll be telling you about 3 different bacterial vaginosis remedies that you should be using together in COMBINATION. And this isn't any old random combination, it's one that REAL WOMEN have used time and time again with an excellent rate of success.

So here's your list of…

3 Popular Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies You Can Start Using Today

BV Remedy #1: Hydrogen Peroxide

This is a very powerful treatment indeed. Hydrogen peroxide is a substance that is naturally present inside every healthy vagina. Good bacteria inside your vagina naturally produce hydrogen peroxide in order to kill off the bad bacteria. For this reason, hydrogen peroxide is one of the few bactericidal remedies that kills ONLY the bad bacteria and leaves the good ones alone. That's why hydrogen peroxide is so effective

Use 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of water (preferably distilled water). Apply as a douche 1 to 2 times per day, for 3 days (maximum 5 days). This will give you IMMEDIATE relief from the bad smells and excess vaginal discharge.

As effective as hydrogen peroxide is in the immediate sense, its effects don't last very long for most women, not when you use it on its own. That's where the folic acid and acidophilus comes in.

BV Remedy #2: Acidophilus

One strain of good bacteria inside your vagina is called lactobacillus acidophilus. You can take acidophilus tablets to increase the number of good bacteria inside your vagina. If you don't like tablets, you can also take natural unpasteurized yogurts that contain live strains of acidophilus bacteria.

Once the hydrogen peroxide has killed off the bad bacteria, you can take acidophilus to help replenish the colony of good bacteria inside your vagina. These good bacteria will then release more hydrogen peroxide naturally, and other chemicals such as lactic acid, which kill off more of the bad bacteria and prevent them from growing back.

Acidophilus doesn't work very well on its own, because it isn't very good at killing off the overgrown bad bacteria that you get in bacterial vaginosis. But when used in combination with hydrogen peroxide, its effects have been shown to be extremely powerful.

Acidophilus tablets and yogurts can be used both orally and vaginally. Studies have shown the oral route to provide longer lasting results, whereas the vaginal route produces more immediate results.

The Oral Route…

Take 2-3 acidophilus pills orally for at least 1 month. Or take 150ml natural unpasteurized yogurt containing live acidophilus twice daily for at least 1 month.

The Vaginal Route…

Insert one vaginal acidophilus suppository AFTER each hydrogen peroxide douche. Or apply unpasteurized yogurt containing live acidophilus bacteria liberally inside your vagina using an applicator or spoon. Do this at night AFTER your hydrogen peroxide douche, and be sure to wear a non-deodorized pad to avoid soiling your underwear. The vaginal route is to be used for no longer than 7 consecutive days.

BV Remedy #3: Folic Acid

Folic acid is the icing on the cake here. It uses a whole different approach and is thought to help cure BV by modulating and strengthening the immune system. Sure, it CAN be used on its own to help cure BV, but it is best used in combination with other more direct bacterial vaginosis remedies like the two mentioned above.

A number of scientific studies have demonstrated that women who take folic acid, or have a high intake of folate in their diet, are far less likely to get bacterial vaginosis. The exact mode of action of folic acid is uncertain, but it can certainly be attributed at least partially to the effect it has on strengthening your immune system.

I advise you to take 800 micrograms in 2 divided doses every day. So that's 400 micrograms twice a day. The recommended daily allowance for non-pregnant women is 400 micrograms per day, but I have found that taking a higher dose helps in the short term for boosting the immune system to help cure BV. And don't worry, it's perfectly safe to take 800 micrograms per day. The extra-cautious, safe upper limit is 1,000 micrograms per day.

Women who take these 3 bacterial vaginosis remedies – hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus and folic acid in combination have been found to permanently cure their BV far more often than when they use any one or two of the treatments alone.

So why not get started today? If you have been suffering from BV, then you owe it to yourself to take action right now. click the following link to visit Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis



{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Kirsten September 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

From what I’ve researched online, acidophilus in the dairy form or just plain old L-acidophilus does not do anything for BV because it’s not the same bacterial strain found within vaginal flora. I’ve tried yogurt and acidophilus suppositories to no avail.

The strains of bacteria that have been proven to help with healthy vaginal flora are L-Reuteri and L-Rhamnosus (


melanie September 27, 2011 at 4:12 am

Bacterial vaginosis antibiotics merely suppress the symptoms of this vaginal infection which eliminating the root cause of the problem which is an imbalance vaginal pH balance. Bacterial vaginosis natural cures on the other hand work to restore the vaginal pH naturally and let the body heal on its own


Jeannie January 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

This works better then any one pill, or any antibiotic! Fast and efficient!


Nay January 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Omg!! How long I’ve waited for something that really worked! I’ve suffered from BV for about 8 years after becoming sexually active. I had to take flagyl seemed like every month. The flagyl would clear it up, but as soon as I had sex again within a couple of days it was back. I was miserable! After becoming a nurse I was really turned by taking flagyl bc I now know how harmful antibiotics can be! All I can say is I tried the remedy above and within 2 days the fishy odor was gone! Such a blessing! I’m so thankful:-)


Louise Endago January 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thank you for your comment Nay, I’m glad you found the article helpful. The above remedies are indeed very powerful, especially when used together. Make sure you consolidate your results by adding in further long-term measures like dietary tactics for getting rid of BV.


Kimberly January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I am going to try this. I have BV very badly this time around, almost to the point where I don’t want to go to work because I can smell the infection through my pants. I’m at my end with this darn thing. I’m so tired of taking antibiotics! Thanks so much! I hope this works for me.


Louise Endago February 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Hi Kimberly, thanks for your comment. I know how you feel. The key is self-education and to never give up! I wish you well.


kim July 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Hey Kimberly did it work for you


sherry January 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Ive had bv for years… flagyl worked then. 2 weeks later it was back… unbelievable that hydrogen peroxide CURED me!!


Ella February 1, 2012 at 4:01 am

Ahh, it’s working already! I suffer from chronic BV/yeast… I have endometriosis so maybe that’s why? But I’ve tried everything. Boric acid (which does work, but is not potential pregnancy safe and it still came back), prescriptions, yogurt, etc. It still came back… I do take Pro-B orally daily as well as multi-vitamins and other preventative measures, but basically any little thing can still throw it off. This time is was an allergy to a personal product, gah… The peroxide does sting a little (I used it 1 part sterilized water, 1 part peroxide) but it totally worked already. It’s only the first day so it’s awesome. I do feel a little bit of itching but no odour, no discharge. I am gonna go for 5 days just to be sure.

How often can this be used? So far I’ve had recurrences basically every month for 1.5 years, it’s terrible. Is there a method you recommend for prevention? I was thinking maybe acidophilus just on the last day of menstrual cycle? Would that likely be enough? I am nervous to use boric acid that often though I hear its helpful…


Leslie February 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have been suffering bouts of BV throughout 20 years of my life and it’s horrible! Each and every time I was put on antibiotics and then would get a yeast infection from that and it would reoccur more often than not within a few months.

Not until now, in my first trimester of pregnancy did I seek natural a natural remedy to stop it. I knew I had BV, hard not to when you do!!!! And the Doctor wanted to immediately put me on antibiotics and I did not want to.

I used these three techniques as well as a few drops of tea tree oil in the bath after douching.

I went to my appointment and got tested and I did not show any signs of BV. I am so happy!

I know have a cure for the rest of my life! It’s so exciting!

Thank you


Louise Endago February 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Ah, Leslie you have no idea how happy your little story makes me. I am glad that I was able to help.


Rebecca February 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Why can you only do the remedy for 7 days? What happens if you continue beyond that point?


Louise Endago February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hi, Good question Rebecca.

I assume you are referring to the acidophilus applied vaginally? 7 days is not a hard and fast rule, but the general idea is to eventually allow your vagina to maintain its own environment without the help of external applications.

The vaginally-applied acidophilus is there to just give your vagina a helping hand – to help get it up and running on its own two feet. There is also a theoretical possibility of developing a dependence on acidophilus, where your vagina can no longer maintain its environment without it.


Corrie February 8, 2012 at 5:47 am

What about engaging in sexual activity while treating personally by these methods? I don’t mean at the same time but I mean, is it going to throw the whole process of vaginal homeostasis off completely or would it be okay between treatments?


Louise Endago February 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Corrie

I would never suggest you stop having sex completely, but it would help if you kept it to a minimum, at least until you get your symptoms under control. Make sure he wears a condom, since it is mostly the alkaline nature of semen and newly introduced bacteria that disrupts the vaginal homeostasis, leading to a relapse of BV.


Cp February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Hi there

I have just noticed BV back after being pregnant and symptoms gone away. I recently had a late term termination of the pregnancy with a surgical procedure so I am concerned about inserting anything vaginally even when I get the all clear in an upcoming examination.

Also, the last time I treated BV by using peroxide I gained a severe UTI infection where I was in bed for over a week. It was extremely updating since I have always led a healthy and active lifestyle.

My questions is whether the method described above can be altered and still work without the peroxide douche and acidophilus/probiotics insertion?

Although I’m generally against antibiotics, do you think the following would also have some success?

Take a prescription of antibiotics
Take probiotics after a couple of hours after the antibiotics 2-3 times a day
Take folic acid as recommended above
Once the course of antibiotics is complete, continue to take the probiotics and folic acid (for how long? Perhaps a month with folic acid and two months with the probiotics and gradually decreasing the dosage?)

I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this.

Thanks, and I think this page has been the most helpful.


Louise Endago February 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

Hi, thanks for your comment

Not all bacterial vaginosis remedies will work for everyone. Where a particular remedy works for one person, for another it may bring no results, or even cause harm. That is why self-education combined with a little trial and error is so essential.

It is important to learn as much as you can about natural bacterial vaginosis remedies before you start treating yourself, or as early as possible once you do start self treatment. This is because like antibiotics, many natural remedies can make your BV more resistant, making it more and more difficult to treat as time goes by.

Regarding your questions, the above method can indeed work without hydrogen peroxide or vaginally applied acidophilus, though it would be less effective, and results would take much longer.

I mention in my book, Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis, that certain natural BV remedies actually supplement antibiotics very well. Probiotics and folic acid being good examples. Take folic acid for a month, then half the dose and take for another month, then stop. Two months of probiotics sounds fine, and it’s good practice to also taper this down gradually toward the end.

You would also benefit by combining the above with other non-vaginal treatments, such as by using dietary tactics.


80'sbaby February 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Ive suffered from bv somany years. dr have provided me so much flagyl that I didnt need an appt to see him.. they will just call in me a refill.. wow.. after reading this i did all three remedys. omg! this actually helped. its going on day 2 and i feel so much better. no discharge or smell.. i must say thank u from the bottom of my heart.. Acidophilus and folic acid rocks!!!!!!!!!!! thanks Louise


Shelia February 14, 2012 at 3:41 am

How long does you take the folic acid?


Louise Endago February 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hi Sheila. I would suggest you try it for one to two months.


SuzieLolla March 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

May i drink kefir instead of taking acidophilus? The kefir bottle says it has acidophillus in there, along with other probiotics, but as i was reading the ingredients it said it was pasteurized and you say we should only do unpasteurized yogurt? please help


Brittany March 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I have a question, I found out 15 days ago I have bv and I don’t want to take the antibiotics and cream, scared from bad side effects, I don’t have bad smell just alot of pain. Does this remedy work for the pain also? Thank you.


Erica April 2, 2013 at 4:19 am

I have suffered from chronic bv for 4yrs, tried antibotics, acidophilus, rephresh but none of them worked long term. Then I bought some folic acid 800mcg from swanson vitamins and wallah the bv is gone! Ive been taking it for 5 days missed one day thou. I plan on taking it everyday just wish I would of known about this yrs ago.


idania April 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Hi thanks for the great advice on your site for BV remedies.What a big help it has been,I never knew what it was from,thought it was from my hormones but now I know.Thanks again


Tee April 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Can all three of these methods be used while menstruating as well?

Ive been suffering with BV for over 7 years and NOThING is working and with no health insurance.. the doctor isnt an option. I want to start this treatment today but im scared it wont work bc im on my cycle!


and thanks for such an informative post.. im super excited to try as u can see lol


sandra May 24, 2013 at 5:23 am

Hi what about if you use water based lubrication during sex while on the remedy?


kim July 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Iam currently suffering from bv it just keeps coming back into my life. Iam have took all the antibiotics that my doctor has giving me and soon as iam intimate iam back at the doctors or hospital thinking I have a std because of the foul smell. I am so frustrated with my doctors advice about not using soap at all. Is she crazy the smell is horrible and every time it comes back it has a vengence. Its making my love life a living hell and its embarrsing. So many people have different methods with vinegar garlic yogurt water not drinking alcohol etc iam confused I just want it to stay gone forever and want be able to have intimacy when ever I want without worrying about this problem. P.S I practice safe sex and I still suffer from this I need a plan of action because to antibiotics I say no more.


jessica August 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Is this something that should be followed for the rest of my life or is supposed to work then I’m cured permanently?


summer September 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I have endometrosis will food grade hydrogen peroxide shrink the scar tissue.


Allykatt December 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

I have nto say that this does work. After 3 years of misery in which I suffered so much. Twice having antibiotics which killed both my good and bad bacteria so the bad bacteria flourished I found this little article. It took about a week and I was cured. I will take acidophilus and folic acid for the rest of my life.


Louise Endago January 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Allykatt, great news! Let us know how you get on :p


Carol January 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm

I can’t find unpasturized milk anywere.I have looked in natural stores all over the place , can i use pasturized goats milk to make yogart , will it still work for my B.V. I have had b.v. since i was 30 years old iam now 64 years old .I have seen doctors with no good help . iam going to try the 3 steps with …proxide..yogart and folic acid .. Thanks


Evon April 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Hi Louise, I have been suffering from BV for a couple months, I know that is not as long as some of your other writers, but I am noticing a pattern to taking antibiotics. I decided to do some research and came across your, website. Upon reading some of your other posts about natural home remedies to help get rid of BV, I was interested in actual products you recommend for the Acidophilus suppositories, folic acid, and even the hydrogen peroxide, you mentioned 3% is that a common percentage u get a drug store? I looked up Acidophilus on the internet and and it is overwhelming on which ones to decide on. I just really want to make the right decisions on the right products to see if I can take care of my BV before it gets worse. Thank you for your time
Sincerely Evon


Louise Endago April 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Hi Evon.

Yes, go for the 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Some people like to get a stronger concentration and dilute it, but a solution that’s too strong can burn through your skin, and I’m scared I might make a mistake one day not dilute it enough.

There have also been some horror stories where people have left strong 35% solutions in the fridge in unmarked bottles, and their friends/relatives have mistaken it for chilled water, thereby ending up with burned gullets.

So I personally like to get my peroxide already diluted at 3%.


Dean November 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

If I have 3 % peroxide do I need to mix water with it?


Len December 17, 2016 at 10:48 pm

I am very excited to try these methods! However, I was wondering if it’s ok to start doing these while I am currently taking Flagyl? Or should I wait until the course of antibiotics is over? I’ve been suffering with this issue for 3 months straight now and the same cycle continues to happen. I get cleared up from the Flagyl and feel great for a few weeks and then during the “fertile” phase of my menstrual cycle, the BV starts up again. I have also read great things about douching with acidophilus pills crushed up and mixed with water. At this point, I am willing to try anything lol.


Louise Endago December 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Hi Len, there’s no reason to wait till your course of antibiotics is finished. Get started asap, the sooner the better.


Cynthia February 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

Thanks for sharing this article with us.
I have started day one of 3 remedies.
I wanted to know if it’s okay to dip a tampon in the yogurt and then insert it? Also, am I suppose to leave the yogurt inside of me all night?
Another thing, I bought folic acid from the brand called Finest Nutritionist. The pills are so tiny but states that there are 400mcg in each pill. Just wanted to know if you recommend that brand or does it even matter which brand I use?

Thank you


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