Update: Been taking a total of 800mg of folic acid and 2 capsules of acidophilus daily for a two months now. Also, I do the peroxide/water douche once per week. It keeps the discharge, discomfort and smell at bay but does not cure it. 2 days after the douche, the discharge is back. If I skip two days of the folic acid/acidophilus, the fishy smell returns. So I will continue to do this daily until my gyno appointment in 2 weeks. I give up.
I had been suffering from BV for 2 months and was tired of feeling bad and the aweful smell. I did a desperate web search and came across this site. I don't usually submit information on sites like this...but I was so pleased with what I read, that I wanted to say thank you to everyone for sharing their success stories and I wanted to share what worked for me (and I tried a ton of different things). I take the following everyday:
(2) acidophilus capsules by mouth
folic acid 800 mcg by mouth
B12 500 mcg by mouth
For 3-5 days at bedtime, I douched vaginally with full strength Hyrogen peroxide mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil. This was very refreshing and helped with the uncomfortable feeling.
The next night at bedtime, I inserted a tampon covered in plain yogurt and I cut open one of my acidophilus capsules and sprinkled the powder on the yogurt (I also cut down the size of the small tampon once it expanded from the yogurt).
I only used the yogurt tampon 1 time and within 4 days, the smell was completely gone and no uncomfortable pain....I feel great! I still take the pills everyday, but have cut down to 1 acidophilus capsule a day. I will keep you posted if things change...but so far so good! Thanks to everyone for all of their helpful posts:)
I too suffer with BV and I was tired of taking Flagyyl for it. To also make matters worse I'm a nurse and I didn't want to pay some doctor to give me something that only helps for a short while. Doctor's visits and prescription medicine aint cheap. Thank God for google and the internet, as well as all the women who shared the stories. I tried the refrigerated acidophillis (5 billion), folic acid 800 mg capsule, peroxide douche, and mixed powered acidophillus with water to make paste and coated a tampon with it. the next day no more nasty odor or discharge. I'm goin to do this for 3 more days.
Folic Acid, acidophilus, hydrogen peroxide used to control BV
I am 37 and have been suffering with chronic BV infections since June of 2007. Unbeknownst to me at the time my husband was having an affair with a women that I later have found out was messing around with a few other men as well. ( Yeah I know noce right?) I was back and forth to the doctor with one RX after another.. it would clean up for about a week maybe two.. then back again.. nothing worked. I have spent many hours searching the internet for an answer and was relieved that I am not alone in my suffering. I was beginning to think it was all me. I even changed doctors, my new doctor is a woman, she has worked with me on trying to find something that will work for me. She has been wonderful in being able to call in meds for me so that I did not have to be seen for what I already knew I had. My husband was busted out a few months after this all started, and we have worked hard to get past that... he says he is not messing around with anyone ever again.. ( yeah okay... I am suppose to believe that?) I had started putting a few things together even keeping a food journal as my doctor suggested. I am a type 2 diabetic but I do not take meds for that as of yet. I noticed that when my urine smells like Sweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal I can bet for certain that BV is about to creep in.. and sure enough... the dischange, the smell and the sore tender insides. So, it was suggested that I cut out certain things in my diet that made my sugar get all outta whack. Sodas, milk chocolate, caffein, sugar in general, alcohol... so I did that. and it does help at times.. it seems like I get a mild case of BV . Then one day.. POW... it just started coming back... and I was pulling my hair out... nothing was working that I had been doing.... so after coming across this site I set out on a mission... I went to the drug store and purchased ditilled water and hydrogen peroxide and a pack of vinegar water douches, one bottle of 400mcg folic acid tablets, and acidophillus____ that contain 1 billion CFU ___.
I emptied the vinegar water douche solution and added hydrogen peroxide and distiled water 1:1 used that first, then took two of the folic acid tablets and one of the acidopholus later that night before bed I took another folic acid tablet and another acidopholus. By morning I felt wonderful, no smell, no discharge, no bloated feeling, no tender feeling.. Ah Hah... I was on to something... so that morning I took two more folic acid tablets and one acidopholus ____... no douche this day.. was going to ride it out and see what happened. I have been doing this daily for going on 3 months now, and just had a couple times that I had to use the douche again up until recently... I have gone back to drinking sodas, and my sugar is outta control and it seems that the BV is harder to control with the methode that I have described here. Keep in mind that it is mild, nothing like before, so I am continuing with the folic acid and the acidopholus pearls. I have cut out the sodas once again.
The things that I noticed that have caused my BV to occur....
2. uncontroled blood glucose levels
3. sex with my husband can sometimes trigger a lot of that depends on his diet as well.
4. weight... I have put on 30 of the 50 pounds that I had lost last year.
control of stress, and blood sugar, along with weight loss help out a lot to keep BV in check, the pills mentioned above do the rest of the job.
I am going back to my gyn next month for a folow up exam for an abnormal pap, and copolscopy, where it was also determined that I had HPV. ( and not the one that causes warts, I have the kind that is known to turn into cancer.)
I will report back with what my gyno tells me at that visit. And will see what she has to say about what I have been using to control my BV.
Please continue to see your gyno regularly for preventative messures, and continue to network and take charge of your own bodies to control BV and other nastiness in your lives. Natural medicine is a good thing.... thank you to all those that were brave enough to give it a try so that the rest of us could be made aware of your success, and incorporate it into our own plan of treatment. Not everything works for everybody, but do your research on whatever it is that you are going to try. Pay particular attention to the other good things that Folic acid can do for you... more than you know... it shocked me... and has done more for me than just help control my BV
I am on my way to buy the Folic Acid and Acidophilus and will do the H2O2 rinse all when I get home today. I too have been suffering with re-occurance of BV. Usually if I get clear, it comes back in a week to two weeks, especially if I have sex with my husband. I have been having BV ever since we have been together not sure what role that plays. Have also tried every prescription available. Have tried Boric Acid and it has worked some times, but doesn't seem to last long. Seems to work better if the BV is slight. I am also on the way to the doctor today with all the research I have done in hand, not sure if it will do any good. I will let you all know.