What’s Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)? How To Get Rid of BV?

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Conceptual vector illustration,stop bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis, or BV, is one of the most common causes of vaginal infection of women who are of reproductive age. While it can cause some uncomfortable (and embarrassing) symptoms, BV is typically not life-threatening.

And contrary to what you may have heard, BV is not considered a sexually transmitted infection.

If you suspect you might have BV, you may be looking for ways to help clear the infection naturally. Severe cases of BV are best treated by a doctor, but there things you can do in conjunction with your prescribed treatment to help clear the infection quicker.

What Is BV?Vector illustration of the vagina affected by bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection of the vagina. Most infections are mild, and will heal on their own in just a few days. But more serious cases require medical attention.

If left untreated, BV can lead to more serious medical issues, and may put you at greater risk of contracting an STI.

BV is the most common vaginal infection in women between the ages of 15 and 44.

Pregnant women can also develop BV, and the infection can cause complications. Women who are pregnant and have BV are far more likely to have babies born prematurely or with low birth rate (under 5.5 pounds).

What Causes BV?

Just like your gut, the vagina mainains a fine balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. When bad bacteria outnumbers good bacteria, bacterial vaginosis can occur.Bacterial vaginosis word, medical term word with medical concepts in blackboard and medical equipment

Doctors still don’t know what causes bacterial imbalances in the vagina, but certain things can put you at greater risk of developing BV, such as:

  • Douching
  • Having multiple sex partners

While BV is most common in sexually active women, it can occur even if you have never had sex.

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Common Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

About half of women who contract BV have no symptoms at all. Those that do have symptoms may experience:

If you think you might have BV, your doctor will perform an exam to check for vaginal discharge. A sample of vaginal fluid will also be taken, which will be sent to a lab to determine if BV is present.

Complications of Bacterial VaginosisConceptual vector illustration,stop bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis will sometimes clear on its own, but what happens if it’s left untreated?

BV can eventually lead to some serious medical issues, including:

  • Premature delivery (if pregnant)
  • Greater risk of contracting and spreading HIV
  • Increase your risk of contracting other STIs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

In some cases, the bacteria can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can make it impossible or very difficult to have children.

Conventional BV Treatments

Conventional treatment of BV typically includes antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria causing the imbalance.

An oral antibiotic treatment may be prescribed, or your doctor may prescribe ovules (or capsules) that you insert into your vagina. Pregnant women must take oral antibiotics.

If you’re hoping to get rid of BV fast, conventional treatments typically clear the infection in just two to three days, but the treatment will usually last about seven days. It’s important to complete the full treatment even if you start feeling better.

Antibiotics rarely cause side effects, but they may cause a vaginal yeast infection. A yeast infection can cause redness, itching and abnormal discharge.

How to Get Rid of BV Forever Naturally at Home – 7 WaysTreatment of bacterial vaginosis,inflammation of the vagina

We know that BV occurs because of an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria will help cure the infection.

There are several ways to help restore your vagina’s natural bacterial balance.

1. Yogurt

One of the most popular home remedies for BV is yogurt. Yogurt contains live, good bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus being the most effective) that helps restore the natural bacterial balance in the vagina.

Yogurt can be used in a variety of ways to help get rid of BV. Eating yogurt is the simplest solution. Eating eight ounces of unflavored yogurt can help build up the population of good bacteria in your body.

But many women prefer to actually insert the yogurt into their vagina. Plain yogurt can be inserted with clean fingers, or by soaking a tampon in the yogurt and inserting it.

How long does it take for yogurt to cure BV? It can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more for yogurt to restore the good bacteria in the vagina.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

hydrogen peroxideA natural disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide oxidizes the bad bacteria to help restore balance. The great thing about this remedy is that it requires something most people already have in their medicine cabinets.

For this remedy, you’ll need 3% hydrogen peroxide.

  • Mix equal parts peroxide and water.
  • Soak a tampon in the solution.
  • Insert into the vagina for 20-30 minutes.   

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help restore natural pH levels in the vagina. ACV is also antibacterial, so it can help kill the bad bacteria that’s causing the infection.

One of the most popular ways to use this remedy is to:

  • Add 1/2 cup of ACV to a warm bath.
  • Soak in the bath for 30 minutes.

Take a bath with ACV daily until the infection clears.

4. Tea Tree OilBeautiful composition with tea oil and spa stones

With natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, tea tree oil can be an effective remedy for BV.

The natural minty and lemony scent of the oil, can also help mask the fishy smell that commonly occurs with BV.

Taking a bath with tea tree oil is a great way to help clear the infection. You can also add warm water to a small bowl, add a few drops of the oil to the water, and rinse the vagina until the infection is gone.

5. Fenugreek

Fenugreek has long been used as a remedy for feminine issues. This potent spice has been shown to strengthen the immune system and help restore the vagina’s natural pH levels.

Fenugreek can be taken orally in a capsule, or you can add the spice to your daily serving of yogurt.

Another way to use this remedy is to steep fenugreek seeds in a cup of hot water for five to ten minutes. Strain out the seeds, add honey to taste, drink and enjoy. Fenugreek tea can be drank up to three times per day.

6. Garlic

Garlic is nature’s antibacterial, and it can help boost your immune system to naturally fight BV. Just like with yogurt, there are a few ways to use garlic as a remedy for bacterial vaginosis.

One simple way is to wrap the garlic in gauze, and insert into your vagina for 30 minutes each day.

If you don’t like the idea of inserting garlic into one of the most sensitive areas of your body, you can also take garlic capsules or eat raw garlic. Raw garlic is a great immune booster, and has beneficial antifungal properties.

7. Coconut OilCoconut oil on table under the light background

Like garlic, coconut oil has natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. There are several ways to use this oil to help eliminate your BV.

One way is to simply cook with the oil to help boost your immune system.

Another way is to soak a tampon in the oil, and insert it into your vagina for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to rinse the area when you’re done, and repeat once per day until the infection clears.

In many cases, bacterial vaginosis will clear up in a few days on its own. But incorporating these remedies into your routine can help you get over the infection quicker, so you can get back to life as normal.

Of course, if your symptoms do not clear up in two to three days or are severe, see your doctor right away. Antibiotics will get rid of the infection quickly.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Tissue paper. Literally, they tell you to wear cotton panties bc cotton doesn’t effect your ph levels. I tried this method initially just to catch the discharge, then realized the smell completely went away! Stick some tissue down there every day, all day for a week and it’ll be gone. You can keep it up afterwards, but I tried this years ago and haven’t had any issues since. Also, you probably have a sensitive vagina, so let whomever you sleep with know this before it goes down.

  2. Hi I’m Jennifer, I’ve been fighting this for over ten years I’m sick of it, it’s embarrassing I want it gone I’ve been to three doctors maybe four they never do anything to get ready of it fully

    • Same here. The first time I came across it, I was 19 in 2005. It has been reoccurring, whether I was abstinent or had a new sexual partner. I have just now used tea trea oil, garlic, and yogurt and they all have cured me! Try them!!

  3. Hi ladies,
    I saw it on Facebook, and I must say that from experience, the ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL, along with some probiotics with cranberry helps. I have struggled with this annoying ass problem as well for a while, but once I saw this on Facebook, I had to try. Cured and loving it! U can either soak a tampon in the melted oil an sleep in it overnight, or use a syringe to insert the melted oil into your vagina. I truly think the soaked tampon is better because u won’t leak much vs shooting it up there with a syringe. U must take those probiotic pills as well to help.

  4. I have dealt with this for years Usually I use boric acid capsules vaginally for a night or two. This past infection was a bit more difficult so I mixed approx 20 drops of tea tree essential oil to about 2 Tbs coconut oil. I applied that mixture morning and night for a couple of nights and it worked perfectly. The traditional prescription drug for bv is a very dangerous one and because it kills all the good bacteria as well, many women end up with a yeast infection from the antibiotics. Then it just becomes a cycle. There are so many different things to try that are natural gentle and EFFECTIVE! If anyone wants to talk, feel free to get ahold or me. BV is something no woman should have to continually suffer with. Xx

    • Is yours ever really bad when i get them they are bad and i go to the doctor but i dont wany the antibiotics i want to try natrual and i just got an iud so i dont know what to do

  5. I’ve been getting for a little over a year now. this is the forth time me getting it. I’ve only have 1 partner in the past year and a half. my doctor gave me antibiotics every time it would go away mabye 2 months later it comes back. what am I doing wrong why does horrible thing keep coming back?

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