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Home Remedy for Bacterial Vaginosis

Looking for a remedy for bacterial vaginosis? Keep on reading.

Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by an imbalance in the bacterial flora that is normally present in the vagina. When these bacteria are imbalanced it can lead to some troublesome symptoms.

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common trigger for vaginal problems in fertile women.

The main responsible for bacterial vaginosis is a bacterium called Gardnerella Vaginalis. While it normally inhabits the vaginal flora, when it multiplies more than normal, it can lead to this unpleasant condition.

Rapid bacterial overgrowth has more recently been linked to a viral load. Look to tackle the underlying issue in order to fix the cause.

  • Sexual contact is one of the most common risk factor for this condition.
  • Women with multiple sexual partners are most likely to develop bacterial vaginosis.
  • Other risk factors are frequent usage of vaginal irrigators or other intrauterine devices like tampons.
  • Wearing synthetic underwear can also support bacterial overgrowth.

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms

The most important symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive amount of foul smelling secretions.

The odor of the bacterial vaginosis secretion is best described as a persistent fish-like smell. It usually intensifies after sexual intercourse. This is a sure symptom of having bacterial vaginosis.

The color of the secretion is white-gray and it is very different from normal vaginal secretion. One in three women with bacterial vaginosis describes a yellow-ish vaginal discharge.

However, nearly half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no apparent symptoms.

Pruritus (itching) is not a common bacterial vaginosis symptom.

Other conditions that may have similar symptoms are STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), UTIs (urinary tract infection) and yeast infection.

In short:

  • abundant foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • white-grey-yellow-ish discharge
  • bad smell present after sexual intercourse

Other less frequent symptoms of bacterial vaginosis

  • mild itching
  • burn sensation
  • redness
  • vulva swallowing
  • pain during sexual contact

Risk Factors for Bacterial Vaginosis

  • early sexual activity
  • previous history of STDs
  • multiple sex partners
  • female sexual partners
  • use of an intrauterine devices
  • frequent vaginal irrigations
  • oral-genital contact

A bacterial vaginosis home remedy that worksA bacterial vaginosis home remedy that works

Home Remedy for Bacterial Vaginosis

The usual treatment for bacterial vaginosis is an antibiotic treatment. But if you’re looking for a less intrusive natural treatment, we have a home remedy you can try. This remedy’s main ingredients are walnut shells and oak bark. Here is how to do it.


  1. Boil a handful of walnut shells and another one of oak bark in 3 L of water.
  2. Make sure you wash the shells and the bark before boiling them.
  3. Continue boiling until the water turns brown in color.
  4. After straining the decoction, add 2 handfuls of dried or fresh common comfrey or a handful of dried root of this plant.
  5. Bring to a boil and after a couple of minutes turn the heat off and add a handful of yarrow and another one of chamomile into the pot.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and let it infuse for a few minutes and then strain it.
  7. Allow the tea to cool off, and when it is lukewarm, add it to your vaginal irrigator.

Do the vaginal irrigations with this decoction in the evening time, before bed. Wrap a thick blanket or towel around your waist area immediately after the procedure. Every 2-3 days use this tea for 15 minutes sitz baths as well.

For this procedure, get a new, unused irrigator.

This is an effective home remedy for bacterial vaginosis, but you have to follow the procedure for 2 weeks straight. Pause for 2 weeks and resume to make sure the bacterial infection is gone for good.

Use organic plants from natural pharmacies or medicine shops. It’s important they were picked and kept in the best conditions for preserving their properties.

Bacterial Vaginosis vs. Yeast Infection

The diagnosis for bacterial vaginosis can only be set after a pelvic and a microscope examination of a vaginal discharge sample. Other tests that can determine whether it’s bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection are PH and Pap tests.

Normal pH values fall between 3.8 and 4.5. When bacterial vaginosis is present, the pH is greater than 4.5.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are yeast infection may be similar, but the main difference between the two is that yeast infection does not trigger abnormal vaginal discharge.

In bacterial vaginosis, the discharge is always smelly, with a fishy odor. This odor intensifies after intercourse or during menstruation. While itching or irritations may or may not be present at all.

The efficiency of the remedy here is due to the amazing healing and disinfecting properties of these medicinal herbs put together.

We hope this home remedy for bacterial vaginosis will work for you too. Stay healthy, naturally!

Bacterial Vaginosis and Pregnancy

Pregnant women who develop bacterial vaginosis need to be really careful, since it can lead to pregnancy complications. Most common are miscarriages, premature (preterm) delivery and developing pelvic infection after giving birth.

Uterine infection is a common cause for premature delivery and bacterial vaginosis can be the cause for this type of infection. It can also be a warning sign of another underlying problem.

Experts continue to investigate whether bacterial vaginosis is caused directly or indirectly.

The presence of bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of pelvic infections when undergoing intrusive pelvic procedures. We refer to C-sections, hysterectomies, clinic abortions, endometrial biopsies etc.

If someone suffers from bacterial vaginosis and they are exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV), this increases the risk of developing an new infection.

Read More:
10 Best Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
Natural Remedies for Vaginal Infections
Home Remedy for Vaginal Itching

The Emotional Cause for Bacterial Vaginosis

Your womb is a temple, your vagina is the entry in the temple of the mother goddess. Women, we are all goddesses, but we don’t treat ourselves as we deserve, all the time. When our sexual organs are out of balance, we lose our strength, our divine feminine power. It’s time to look inwards.

What is that you put in, what words you use in the daily self-talks?

Also, what do you literally put in your body regularly? Do you offer your vagina as if it was a divine temple, or as if it was a saloon?

The feminine sexual organs are bearers of fruit, bearers of life.

Have fruit, lots of fresh fruits, orange and yellow in color. Fruits make us become fruitful. Dance, belly dance especially helps heal the wound. Move your womb and hips, practice meditation, use crystals and herbs to balance your Sacral Chakra. Be the goddess that you are!

In order to love others truthfully, we need to love ourselves first.

When we do, we act loving towards our most powerful organs. Enhance your feminine energy and step into your power shamelessly. Love yourself beautifully. Care for yourself with the kindest words and gentlest actions.

Andreea Laza

Andreea Laza is our full-time chief editor, with a BA in English language and an MA in Media Communication. She believes in the natural healing power of plants, as her ancestors used to, in the Danube Valley, Eastern Europe. Her passion for alternative medicine and home remedies has made her a self-taught naturopathy enthusiast. Her mission is to share her knowledge with the rest of the world and help humankind.

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