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Bacterial vaginosis: Some home remedies

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Bacterial vaginosis affecting woman's vagina is not medically dangerous, but can cause disturbing symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is also known as vaginal bacteriosis or gardnerella vaginitis. Besides burning with urination, other symptoms include increased vaginal discharge usually white or gray in color that often smells like a fish.


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It results due to an improper balance of bacteria in the vagina. The causes of bacterial vaginosis are multiple sexual partners, use of intrauterine tools, excessive douching, poor hygiene, smoking, alcohol consumption. Some of the symptoms are: Thick whitish or gray discharge with fishy odor, redness in vagina, vaginal itching and inflammation, and burning sensation during urination.

Though there are treatments available to cure the problem, in this article, we will try to explore the home remedies which you can apply to get rid of the same.   

1.Apple Cider Vinegar:

Soak your vagina in water mixed with apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes at least. It will help remove all the harmful bacteria.

2.Tea tree oil:

Mix few drops of tea tree oil in the lukewarm water and rinse your vagina with this solution. It will also reduce other vaginal infection to a great extent.


You can use it both orally and externally. Yoghurt contains natural bacteria which helps balance the vagina's pH level. Dip a tampon in yoghurt and insert it in your vagina or you can also eat plain yoghurt at least twice a day.


You can place a garlic clove in your vagina for sometime or you can eat it. It is one of the best home remedies for bacterial infection.

5. Fenugreek:

You will find fenugreek in the form of seeds. Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in some water and leave it overnight. Drink this water the next morning before eating anything. It will give you some relief.

6. Tea Bag:

Tea bag soaked in cool water gives relief to the vaginal itchiness caused due to bacterial infection.

7. Milk mixed with turmeric powder:

Drink a glass full of lukewarm milk mixed with a teaspoon of turmeric powder ever day till the symptoms subside completely.

8. Black Walnut:

You can apply black walnut tincture, which works as antiseptic and has anti-parasitic properties, to cure bacterial vaginosis.

9. Margosa leaves:

Crush a handful of margosa leaves in some water to form a paste and apply it on your vagina. You will get a relief after using it a few days.

10. Golden Seal:

You can apply golden seal as a tincture on the vagina. It's an effective remedy and you will get relief.

11. Boric acid suppositories & Hydrogen Peroxide:

Even doctors use Boric acid and Hydrogen Peroxide in curing some infection related ailments. Boric acid suppositories can be inserted in your vagina for getting quick relief. Don't take much in quantity. Apply little and experience its effect. Hydrogen peroxide works as a natural disinfectant and proves well in treating different infections. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal quantity of water and use this solution as a douche.

12.Citrus fruits:

These fruits are full of vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties. Drink juices of these fruits or eat citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits or oranges a lot. It will not only protect you from vaginal infections but also from other infections too.  

Besides all these home remedies, you can take over-the-counter medications like metronidazole and tinidazole. Vaginal cream like Clindamycincan can also be applied. Last but not the least, bathing with warm water is always good for your overall health and prevent infection.

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