Apple Cider Vinegar to fight Bacterial Vaginosis

Apple Cider Vinegar has long been praised as a great cure for Bacterial Vaginosis. It has a low pH of about 2.9 making it very acidic, and thus, great for bringing the pH level of your vagina down! Of course I was very excited to try this method. I tried it during the worst case of BV that I've had and here are my results:

Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis



What Kind of ACV Should I Use?


I've seen many recommendations for a special, all natural "mother" unfiltered non-cooking type of ACV, available online here, however I used the normal kind you find at the grocery store my first time around.

Dilute the ACV


Many people claim that ACV will burn them if used undiluted. So until you know how it will affect you, I recommend creating a solution using 1 part water, 2 parts ACV. It should be strong enough that you still smell the ACV.

How to Soak a Tampon with ACV

What I did was push a tampon halfway out of the applicator, then dunked it in my solution and put it up there. You have to be careful you don't stick it out too much because then it will expand too much and then you will be very uncomfortable inserting the tampon. I left it in overnight, though many people simply leave it in for a few hours.

My ACV Results

After one night's use, I immediately noticed a difference throughout the following day. Much less smell, more normal looking discharge.

After two night's use, I diluted the solution a bit less (more ACV, less water) and noticed a greater difference the following morning.

Instead of inserting again for a third night, I waited until the morning and left it in for 2 hours, with a strong amount of ACV (barely any water). I did feel very very light burning but nothing worth complaining about. I will keep you posted as to how I'm doing! Fingers crossed :)

3/24 Update

It seems after going a day without the ACV insert, my vagina has gone back to the foul fishy smell. :( I've read that you have to do this for one week straight in order to see lasting results, so I'm going to try that as soon as my period is over! And perhaps I will use the special unfiltered "mother" kind of ACV next time...

Comments

  1. Hi! Did you have any success with the Apple Cider Vinegar method after your period? Great blog btw!

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    1. Unfortunately not. I will post about it soon! :( Thanks for reading

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    2. You can also use a garlic clove in insert it there over night.items needed: Needle and Thread and garlic pealed. Thread needle stick through garlic insert it into the vagina overnight.

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    3. You can also use a garlic clove in insert it there over night.items needed: Needle and Thread and garlic pealed. Thread needle stick through garlic insert it into the vagina overnight.

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    4. You know what worked for me is drinking ACV & using probiotic pills as a suppository. FAST response. At the same time I have applied a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree oil to the lite rash I developed from itching the outter edges of my vagina. Immediate relief.

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    5. For every illness the earth has a cure. There are billions of undiscovered herbs.

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  2. I too have my fingers crossed that you found some success, as I have been battling this for years as well. Thank you for writing this blog. I check back often.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Things got crazy at work. Still haven't found my cure :(

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    2. Try womans flora probiotic vitamins they have cured me 4 months and counting, they help with immune system, and digestive tract. I feel free finally. Its worth the money.

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    3. Its called Ultimate Flora Women's Complete 90 Billion Renew Life 60 VCaps its 76.49 at Wal-Mart. ITS alittle expensive but it is worth it. Look it up you wont be disappointed it is made for a womans body all of our bodys. All the reviews gave it 5 stars not one bad review.

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  4. I have been having problems with yeast infections and so I decided to do the tampon soak. I followed the instructions and yesterday the tampon came out clean. Today I started having discharge and after the tampon soak was done there were brown spots on it. What could that be? Why? Please respond asap. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I'm really not sure. I would check with a doctor!

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    2. There are chunks of brown in ACV. If you shake the bottle up you can see them clearly. It could be that! Best of luck to you.

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    3. That's the infection clearing , I noticed that after I took antibiotics

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    4. I did the same thing.its so weird,the brown spots.i just looked this up because I have endometriosis. And it seems like Urinary tract infections, yeast infections,bladder infections are easy to come about and my Bacterial Vaginosis never goes away. When I'm not sexually active it's not so bad it's very light .but if I have sex omg it gets so bad. I was at my family reunion and my cousin was like omg what's that smell I ran to the bathroom and yes it was my bv. So I had to insert a tampon and throw my panties away. Luckily the smell went away. There's no meds the doctor can give me to make this go away. I've tried just about everything. And it seems as if the ACV irritates my Endometriosis and cause alot of irritation and pain. I got tested at the doctor. I have no STDs just a blatter infection and BV.

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    5. I'm srry I just read the comment. I'm also on antibiotics from a bladder infection. But there's also blood with the brown spots.but it's only a little bit.

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    6. I've dealt with this for years but what finally cured me were these suppositories I got off amazon instantly the smelled went away and my discharge was clear ans I even tasted better according to my boyfriend. Its called PHD boric acid suppositories. It changed my life

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  5. If your eating plenty of yogurt. Drinking plenty of water. Eating less sweet. And have tried both hydrogen peroxide and ASV(Bragg). With no result you should consult your Dr. If your sexually active it could be a number of things other than STI's. Another thing you should avoid is fish, sea food period unless it fresh. I use to have the same problems you ladies are having. I ate fish at least once a week, then once a month. I notice the smell only came when I ate sea food. I spoke with my Dr. I was told I don't produce the enzymes to break sea food down. So when I do it once a yr or so I drink plenty of cranberry juice. Cause it turns out it wasn't me per say but my urine that gave the fishy odor. Weirdly enough it's very common. Also once I stopped eating it my PH balanced out completely. I just eat yogurt regularly and once a mnth take a ACV bath. Good luck ladies.

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  6. I have battled BV on and off for a long time. It's awful and so embarrassing. I tried to treat it naturally with probiotics, garlic pills and vitamin c with rose hips (orally and vaginally). I ended up at the doctors three times! The first time I was prescribed clindamycin and it seemed to fix it but it came back. So the next two times I took Flagyl -prescription. That worked BUT what I do now every time my period ends, I soak a tampon in Braggs ACV, insert and leave it in overnight for two nights. This keeps the ph of the vagina where it should be around 4.5. Our periods make out vagina too alkaline and that allows the growth of bad bacteria which can bring back that awful fishy smell. Also, and sorry for the TMI but do not let your partner ejaculate inside of you. Oh man has that brought on the BV!! So can their pre-ejaculate. So far, using the ACV soaked tampon after my period and occasionally after sex, I've kept the BV away and feel and smell better than ever. I do try to treat most things naturally but sometimes we need a prescription from the dr. Eat lots of Greek yogurt and stay hydrated as well! Good luck everyone. I wouldn't wish BV on anyone

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    1. I realized that if I had multi sex partners I would get bv again so I kept with one guy for years. When I got it again, it was because my partner had multi or another sex partner(s). (Now I use it as a tool to see if my guy is cheating) lol I now only use condoms (until I get married) and douche with Bragg's acv and water and drink 4T Bragg's avc, 20oz water and 1/2 lemon every day and I no longer battle with bv. Good luck

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    2. I realized that if I had multi sex partners I would get bv again so I kept with one guy for years. When I got it again, it was because my partner had multi or another sex partner(s). (Now I use it as a tool to see if my guy is cheating) lol I now only use condoms (until I get married) and douche with Bragg's acv and water and drink 4T Bragg's avc, 20oz water and 1/2 lemon every day and I no longer battle with bv. Good luck

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    3. To the person who mentioned having multiple sex partners: THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!! I never had this problem until I had two boyfriends.
      I have been adding lemon water to my daily regimen and will now add the ACV drink too. Thanks!

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    4. Thank you so much for this formulated recepie + the multiple sex partners thing. Very informative. they should teach this shit in school

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    5. Thank u. Yes you are correct sperm makes it alot worse.So ig ill continue with the diluted ACV and yogurt and also vitamins. I do everything I can to have a heathy V.I have endometriosis and the bad gets worse when something is wrong with her. Sometimes I just think about not having sex or anything down there.

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  7. Acv works great. I use douch first night and I'm on my tire night by inserting tampon. I feel better now. I used fagyl...does not help me. I also eat lots of Greek yogurt too.

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  8. I used your solution except instead of a tampon I enjected ACV into my vaginal orally and physically. So does ACV not work at all? Does it not get the smell away 100% ?

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  11. I'm currently using ACV as a partial remedy as a tampon soak once during the day for 30 minutes then all night in conjunction with multiple other supplements to make the potential cure even more powerful. I use witch hazel as a rinse multiple times during the day, consume orgainc yogurt twice a day, drink a probiotic supplement called green vibe (25 million) once a day, garlic capsules once daily, eat one whole fresh organic clove of garlic as well in same day, take additional acidophilis supplement three times a day, 2 capsules of fengrueek (prob misspelled), daily Spirilina multivitamin, additional vitamin c, coconut water, tumeric, Gotu kola, chlorophyll in liquid form twice a day, bottled water throughout entire day, more oral apple cider vinegar, and of course remember to rest as in lie down and try to do breathing exercises for about 30 min without interruptions. This may all seem like a lot but if you do it and stick to it for 1-2 days don't be surprised if you end up being either cured or on your fastest way to being cured from BV. I'm in the medical field and I know about several of these cures. This cconcoction however is one of my own from a shit ton of research.

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    1. Hi.. I have turned my life around and eat supper healthy. I take different kinds of probiotics through out the day, apple cider vinegar in the morning and at night, garlic in the morning and another one at night, take cranberry supplements 3x per day and omega3 also 3x a day. I been doing it for about two month. Oh and completely got rid of sweets and yes that includes alcohol. I'm living a supper healthy life style, however, my yeast infection/bv is not going away. I'm desperate and don't know what to do. Any suggestions???

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  12. So I did a combo of about 10 blogs and 10 herbal health sites.... I attacked it monthly with several remedies back to back.... I used raw organic garlic cloves and peeled everything off if them then shaved the top layer off of the clove and inserted it. .I did that 2 to 3 nights... or 24 hrs straight, I put a tampon in to hold it in a few times.... then a doucge with diluted acv and or a cup of acv in a warm shallow bath... I have a huge butt and thighs so I use little water and abt 4 to 5 cups of mothers and sat down and spread my cheeks to ensure it made it to my vaginal as closely as posible, not all issues are all the way internal.... I would follow up with this another 2 to 4 days.... if I had sex I would ask he not come in me and I would be sure to clean myself immediately... then I would douche with plain yogurt to restore good bacteria.... the first 3 processess are to kill all recurring bacteria....the yogurt is to restore it... for freshness on any off day I used a teatree oil soaked tampon or soak a cotton ball and wipe everywhere.

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  13. So I did a combo of about 10 blogs and 10 herbal health sites.... I attacked it monthly with several remedies back to back.... I used raw organic garlic cloves and peeled everything off if them then shaved the top layer off of the clove and inserted it. .I did that 2 to 3 nights... or 24 hrs straight, I put a tampon in to hold it in a few times.... then a doucge with diluted acv and or a cup of acv in a warm shallow bath... I have a huge butt and thighs so I use little water and abt 4 to 5 cups of mothers and sat down and spread my cheeks to ensure it made it to my vaginal as closely as posible, not all issues are all the way internal.... I would follow up with this another 2 to 4 days.... if I had sex I would ask he not come in me and I would be sure to clean myself immediately... then I would douche with plain yogurt to restore good bacteria.... the first 3 processess are to kill all recurring bacteria....the yogurt is to restore it... for freshness on any off day I used a teatree oil soaked tampon or soak a cotton ball and wipe everywhere.

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  14. I have had it now for a year, in fact I should say HAD it...I had not done too much about it because the only time it seemed to matter was when my BF and I would engage in intercourse. However, it became so bad that he said he just couldn't get past the smell anymore and suggested I do something about it otherwise we couldn't have a normal sex life. So I did just that. I researched and researched and came up with something that has worked for me in such a short time. My vitamins DAILY include folic acid, B12, Vitamin C and once I get to work I soak a tampon in plain greek yogurt and I keep that in for an hour. Before work I use a reusable douche bottle and mix half hydrogen peroxide and half water with a few drops of tea tree oil and then I douche both in the morning and night when I shower.. I also put a few drops of the tea tree oil on a cotton ball and clean my vagina. I have also switched to a non scented soap to clean that area DAILY. I also soak at night in a hot tub of water and Epsom salt. We have been on a sex break until finally this morning early when he got in from work and he was much, much happier with the results. He did ejaculate inside but I knew at that point that when I showered this morning that I would be able to douche that out with my hydrogen and water mixture and my tea tree oil. I am sitting here at work and so far so good. No discharge at all, or smell and I feel very fresh! Hope this helps :) I realize that it is the only one I have and I needed to pay more attention to it:)

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  15. I have been using the ACV for the past 3 days and my vagina feels swollen. The rash has gone away but the swelling is uncomfortable.

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  16. I have been using the ACV for the past 3 days and my vagina feels swollen. The rash has gone away but the swelling is uncomfortable.

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  17. I have been dealing with bv since I was about 14, I'm 22 now. So it has been eight years of trying to figure out what the hell was going on down there. I've had several gp's give me antibiotics which only resulted in a brief break in bv but only to deal with a yeast infection. My stomach flora was disturbed by metphormin and that resulted in my vaginal flora being disturbed also. I've had enough so I stumbled upon this thread and shortly after reading I ran to the nearest store and picked up some hydrogen peroxide and acv. When I got home, I showered and then douched with a hydrogen peroxide and water solution to kill the bad bacteria and them followed with a acv and water solution to restore my ph balance and the good bacteria that may have been killed off by the h2o2. I feel better already. The smell is gone and I just feel a lot more fresh. Usually, I can shower and pay extra attention to my lady parts and then by the time I dry off and get dressed the smell is back. Hopefully this works for me. I recently got married and I want to be able to be with my husband and not feel embarrassed by bv. Updates soon.

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  18. So I've taken the Rephresh Pro-B pills and they actual work, I noticed half way through the first bottle. ...but once I stopped it came back. ..I'm going . What has worked is no more tampons during my cycle (ugh I know it's a drag) after my period I soak in a bath with peroxide, Epsom salt, ginger and tea tree oil this works if I don't take the Pro-b for a bit.

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    1. Can you give the parts for your bath solution mix? I'm looking into the Rephresh pills myself as I'm a new BV sufferer, but I'm concerned once I start those I won't ever be able to stop.

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  19. i have been struggling with bv and yeast too.. after my last attempt of using the gel bv meds, i didnt get yeast. infact i felt perfect for two days, then i switched from normal wettness to SOUR pasty almost dry vagina, i hate it. ive tried the ACV douche and tampon soak.. the next morning i feel better bc i can actualky get wet again, but i keep going back to drying out and im still sour as ever. obgyn thinks ill get better,but after 2 years and im still the same. im 29 and my sex life is gone, i am too embarassed to try sex again bc i dont even get wet anymore. i wish i had an answer

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  20. Has anyone here got a copper T as a contraceptive as opposed to using a contraceptive pill? I am just wondering whether this is not partially my problem. I don't get odour issues, just discharge (all different types) and severe internal itching. I cant figure out what I have. But it starts every few weeks and goes after my period then starts again, generally triggered again by sex.

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    1. In the past. Yes I suspect that was a reaction from the copper T.

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    2. In the past. Yes I suspect that was a reaction from the copper T.

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  21. So grateful to have found this group. I've been dealing with BV on and off for years. I usually run to the doctor for Flagyl but am tired of sticking that stuff inside of me - I wanted something more natural. I'm on day two of rotating a tampon soaked in ACV and another soaked in Greek yogurt. I leave each in for about thirty minutes and allow about three hours between treatments. I've been pretty aggressive with how often I'm inserting the tampons. The fishy smell has all but dissipated. Crossing my fingers.

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  22. The first instance of a cure was for my minor hemorrhoids, http://www.bvcure.info/

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  23. I have been struggling with BV since 2009 and after taking the meds every time I sensed a foul odor, the meds literally stopped working. Ive tried using more cotton underwear, don't sleep in underwear, (sorry for the TMI), eat more yogurt, and plenty of water. A friend of mine told me about ACV baths but after a week it wasn't working. I felt discouraged for a while. However on theast day of my period I smelled HORRIBLE so I ran home to soak and viola! No smell! I've returned to the ACV baths but after reading this thread I think I'm gonna try the soaked tampons for a week or 2 and see if that gives me any relief. I just feel hopeless at this point and tired of being embarrassed, insecure, and self conscious all the time.

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    1. I hope it works for you. I'm a new BV sufferer myself and I feel lost. I'm on the oral antibiotics right now and hope they work. Has anything worked for you yet?

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  24. I was diagnosed with BV on May 11th 2016. At first I thought I was having candida bumps, but then went to the gyno and sure thing, it was BV. I was prescribed metrogel and used that for 5 days. I thought it was gone so I then proceeded to have sex with my fiance. I woke up today with a horrible itch. I am not having so much of a smell at all (I have been extremely dry and itchy) but defi itely some strange discharge. I am now wondering if it is still BV or did I catch a ueast infection from the metrogel, as I have read that it can cause that. I douched with peroxide, took an acv bath, and just now inserted an acv soaked tampon. I also whiped around my area with a cotton ball soaked in tea tree oil. I would give just about anything to get rid of this awful feeling. I have had 1 prior yeast infection and 1 kidney infection prior to this. I have had the same partner for 3 years, so I am just u sure how I got this.

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  26. Man o man..so ive had BV issues since getting my IUD which is 7yrs now..at first i thought it was js a normal thing w the IUD so i went a month w a smelly vag b4 talking to my doctor lol..apparently my boyfriends uhm fluids doesnt mesh well with my ph n iud combo..so she prescribed flagyl n the gel which both work like a dream (thnk goodness).. So fast fwd, after 7yrs of no 'oops' pregnancies i end up pregnant 😕..yes, the BV is an annoyance but i dealt w it bcz the IUD had been a God send (no scares or irregular periods) n i wld gladly take a wk of meds every few months than being pregnant! Well i ended up getting n infection recently n was told i cldnt take the meds cz they cld harm the fetus, even tho im chosing not to go thru w the preg i accepted the conclusion.. Long story even longer, im on day one of the vinegar tampon method..i was told it did not have to b acv so im using the reg stuff. I bathed in a diluted wash first n then soaked a tamp..im not sure if that was overkill but i didnt have any discomfort. Whn i took it out abt 6hrs later i cld already c a diff w smell n color..i will repeat tomorrow and am hoping for the best throughout the week!

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  27. This a question for the ladies who have boyfriends or are in committed relationships. By reading this blog I see a lot of women have had BV. In researching the causes of BV, one site stated the likelihood of a woman getting BV increased:

    You are sexually active. (Women who have never had sex can get BV too. However, it is more common in women who are having sex. You can have BV whether you have sex with women or with men.)
    You have recently changed your sexual partner.
    You have a past history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
    You smoke.
    You have a copper coil for contraception - an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD).
    Your family has Afro-Caribbean origins.
    You use bubble bath.

    Think about the changing sexual partners or new sexual partner part. If a woman is in a relationship with one man, and she hasn't had sex with any other man, is it possible that he has cheated? As in his sexual encounters with other women is what is bringing the different bacteria into the mix? Just a thought.


    Also in the case of the recurrent yeast infection. Has the thought ever occurred that the women are passing it back and forth between them and their men?

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    1. I absolutely agree, I've been getting bv for quite some time and everytime him and I go sour for a while. I seem to get it....I now have had enough of it and told him that I am tired of putting me in jeopardy. Specially having good 2 kids with him. I use ACV and I also use coconut oil with a splash of tea tree oil works with in a few days. Stir it up a and coat the tampon.

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  28. I was eating a spoonful of chopped garlic twice a day, and immediately after drinking acv with a little water. After doing that about a week I felt a lot better. When I stopped the bv symptoms came back

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  29. I been battling yeast infection for a year and a half on and off but I tried the apple cider vinegar on a tampon and it worked..... I only did it once but I will do it until I feel completely clean thanks guys for your comments....

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  30. Would this work as a pregnancy prevention to kill sperm?

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  31. Interesting. Long term BV here, on again off again for a few years. Fed up after the itchy/burnt cooch-creams that never seem to last more than a few months, and found my way to this page after I searched "apple cider vinegar tampon" on DuckDuckGo.com. (Otherwise known as the search engine that doesn't track you/sell your data, FYI. Not pointing fingers at any business entities that might rhyme with "bugle" but...just sayin'. My vag, my business.) So yeah, thank you, ladies, for sharing your stories & providing this treasure-trove of natural remedies (far beyond ACV) to try -- if any particular thing or combo works for my BV, I'll be sure to come back and let y'all know what worked.

    (On a side note, can I just ask WHAT is UP with the gratuitous spam posts about curing syphillis or casting herpes spells or whatever on this page? Ridiculous!)

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