What is the Best Probiotic for Bacterial Vaginosis?

by Samantha
(Boston)

Q. I seem to have almost continuous Bacterial Vaginosis. I've tried everything to get rid of it but it keeps coming back. What would be the best probiotic to get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis?

I am 35 years of age, in a permanent monogamous relationship (with another woman) and am scrupulously clean in my habits. I can not understand why I keep getting it. My partner is very understanding but it does have an effect on our relationship.

Have any of your readers had a similar problem?



A. I sympathize with you on this one, Samantha.

First of all, understand that having BV is NOTHING to do with your personal cleanliness. It is one of these annoying and embarrassing things that women get when the bacteria in the vaginal tract get out of balance.

There are many things that can cause this. Over zealous washing, feminine hygiene products, antibiotics, douching, have all been seen as causes.

However, a 2006 study of 139 women found that a past history of BV, a REGULAR sex partner, and female sex partners were the only factors that were "significantly associated" with BV recurring.

In your case this is probably significant.

I'll include a couple of quotes from that 2006 study.

"Recurrences of BV and abnormal vaginal flora were associated with a prior history of BV, lack of hormonal contraceptive use, and specific behavioral practices, including having a regular sex partner throughout the study and having a female sex partner."

"There are more data to support the sexual transmission of BV between women than within heterosexual partnerships. Gardner and Dukes demonstrated that transmission between women is possible, and BV has been reported to be more prevalent in lesbians than in heterosexual women. There is high concordance of BV within monogamous lesbian partnerships, and an association with BV and sharing of sex toys has been observed for lesbians. Women with recurrences of BV and abnormal vaginal flora were more likely to have had female sex partners prior to recurrence in our cohort."

So, in answer to your question, Fem Dophilus would be the best probiotic because it will normalize the vaginal tract.

To KEEP the Bacterial Vaginosis away, in your case I would suggest no sharing of sex toys (this was one of the culprits in the study above so if you and partner both like to use a particular toy, have two of it, one for you and one for her and keep to your own) and try no oral/genital sex to see if that makes a difference.

Take the Fem Dophilus by mouth twice a day for a month and then once a day for another month. The two good bacteria in Fem Dophilus
can remain in your vagina for over a week so that you can eventually get down to a maintenance dose of a couple of times a week.

Hope this help and do let us know how you get on with treating your BV. If anyone else has suggestions for Samantha, do comment.

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Jan 06, 2009
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We're gay too
by: Gay Lady and Friend

We're gay and have also had BV more than we consider our fair share. This is interesting to know.

Feb 05, 2010
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I am a lesbian too with constant BV
by: Anonymous

This is very interesting I am a lesbian too and never heard that this can be more common between two woman. I was in a long term relationship years ago with another woman and I started noticing that I was getting a lot of BV during this time. I have been single for about 5 years now and I am nervous about getting involved again with someone new because I always get BV. I just got done taking metronidazole again from my gyno and a few days later it came back even worse. I want to scream. Today I heard about this Fem-Dophilus product with good reviews. I am lactose intolerant though so wondering if anyone knows if it will work as well if I used it vaginally?

Jul 16, 2011
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Question answered
by: Anonymous

I am so glad l found this! My partner and l have been together for close to two years. She occasionally has yeast infections but no BV. I take probiotics and Solaray yeast cleanse religiously thinking that l had/have simple yeast infections. I abhor traditional meds and love homeopathic and herbal remedies so searching for these cures came naturally. We have a spectacular love life and l try my best to not let these issues interfere. I just bought 2 bottles of Femdophilus, took 2 by mouth and one as a suppository. I also have garlic pills which l plan on using as suppositories (although the smell shouldn't be an issue when my BV is gone and the lovemaking begins!) l'm happy that my questions have been answered and l will add Femdophilus to my daily supplements forever! Good luck to all my fellow lesbians out there that fight BV!

Aug 14, 2011
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Im not gay
by: Anonymous

I'm not gay and I think that study is bullshit. Many straight women complain of chronic BV. The newest information is that it is linked to a vitamin D deficiency. Good luck ladies, don't believe the hype. Have your vitamin d levels tested, use probiotics to maintain your flora...then enjoy your partners the way you want to!

Aug 14, 2011
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BEWARE
by: Anonymous

Yeast treatments that use protease (digestive enzyme) also kill good bacteria. So they get rid of the yeast but leave many with BV.

Jun 27, 2012
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Sorry, but it's true
by: Anonymous

Take offense if you want, but 2 women were not meant to rub genitals, share sex toys, or give each other oral sex. Take this example. A man cheats on his wife with another woman, having unprotected sex. He then goes home and has sex with his wife, also unprotected. She later has a terrible yeast infection, why is this? because we as woman have a set of bacteria in us, good and bad, and when they come out of balance or are overrun, you can get BV, Yeast infections etc. So this cheating man introducing the bacteria from another woman's vagina, to his wife's has cause this problem which she didn't have prior to this incident. This alone proves, that yes, woman can give each other this condition, directly or indirectly. You can be lesbians if you want, but re-read what the very first answer stated, "try not have oral or genital sex"! she even says, don't share sex toys! that is laughable, what she is indirectly saying is, go straight, or just hold hands, because what else can 2 women do together? It's been proven in studies and by doctors that yes, it is more common among lesbians to have constant BV than heterosexual partners, just like Aids was more common among gay men, due to anal sex. This should mean something, or tell you something, but of course everyone feels the need to do what they want and go against nature, which is your choice, but you also have to face the consequences that come with those choices.

Jun 28, 2012
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Just never mind!!
by: CARRIE

Have you ever heard if you can't say something nice then don't anything at all? I hope the site admin just deletes this whole thread thanks to you few know it alls. Take your opinions of lesbians and keep them to yourselves. :(

Dawn answered: Don't take it to heart, Carrie. Everyone is allowed their say. But having said that, there will not be any "gay bashing" allowed. To each her own! Love is love whatever form it takes.

The previous comment by Anonymous has expressed as much as I will allow. I don't want to censor this thread but please keep it on track about bv and things that might help.

Jul 06, 2012
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HOW I GOT RID OF IT 4 GOOD!
by: Anonymous

The best way 4 me 2 get rid of BV was to buy over the counter supplements called Multibionita. It is the best & it has has probiotics,zinc, all the vitamines, etc... Ladies u will feel try & full of energy! Also whats good is it clears away the smell as well. TRY IT!

Dec 30, 2012
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BV gets stronger
by: Jamie

I had BV and my husband had some strange undiagnosed problem last year from Aug- March. We did not touch each other for at least 5 months because we were so afraid to keep passing it. I tried everything from garlic as a suppository to yogurt in your panties. I read that acidophilus is more in your intestines than in your vagina. Last year I overdosed on every probiotic strain I could find after just taking 1 or 2 a day and that finally took care of it. I find the Vitamin D deficiency interesting because I was told my levels are low and I need to be supplementing. I am currently about a month in on this latest BV saga and the probiotics don't seem to do much. I guess I'm going to do what I did last year and just overdose on them. Thanks to all of you wonderful women to help me know I'm not alone- and leave that sad judgemental fool's words here on this page. Poor woman.

Jan 23, 2013
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Lesban/ Low Vitamin D
by: Anonymous

Been with same lover 11 years. She has nothing. I have white milky discharge. No odor. Told that it is BV. Also have low vitamin D. Prescribed Metrogel but prefer something natural.

Jan 26, 2013
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chronic bv
by: cari

I found that silver sol jel took my Bv away in three days. It did come back so I then decided to take the silver sol solution drinking 1 TB twice a day and incerting the jel for ten days. After 8 mos still no Bv. For prevention I drink silver sol solution 1Tb a day and use the jel after sex and after my monthly. I first read to put the jel on a tampon and incert over night then I remembered I had a reusable tube from a past bv treatment so I just use that it seems to go further and and I can use more that way. Hope this will help someone. I will get vit. D pills now that I read this and I recently read an article on foods to avoid so I also started doing that. I try all natural prevention I can I really don't want it coming back.

Jan 26, 2013
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probiotic suggestions
by: cari

I have not found a probiotic to prevent my bv or get rid of it but I know probiotics are important for your health. I tend to switch around. I wondered if anyone had a positive experience with a probiotic?

Dawn answered: Fem Dophilus
is the probiotic that seems to be most effective against BV. Does not work for everyone but does for some.

Mar 01, 2013
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What helped my BV
by: Anonymous

I have suffered for a few years with BV....would get it cleared up only to have it come right back, time and time again. Talk about being discouraged! One day at the doctors, this nice nurse, who knew me by first name, whispered to go to the health food store and buy probiotics. Go buy, Ultimate Flora vaginal support. It's about $38, in the refrigerated section. I have not had BV in almost a year. My boyfriend and I felt like when he came inside of me, that is when the infection came back....still not 100%, but we limit how often he does that. When he does cum inside, I start taking the probiotics. Oh, I started with taking them every day, then I noticed I could just take them when I knew my PH would be out of whack: semen, antibiotics, etc. good luck ladies!

Jul 18, 2014
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Response to Sorry but It 's true
by: Anonymous

@sorry but it's true- You are so ignorant if you think that BV for yeast infections come from men cheating on their women. Any disruption of a woman's pH balance to include semen, blood, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, use of douches and creams, and perfumes, use of Jacuzzis and pools, keeping wet bathing suits on too long, antibiotic use, low immune systems, vitsmin D deficiencies, etc. Can cause an imbalance in a woman's vagina. A man does not have to be unfaithful to his wife or his woman in order for her to have bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection nor is it mainly lesbians being affected by it either. They are NOT sexually transmitted diseases. So please, go read a book and stop using sites like this to spread your hatemongering.

Signed- A heterosexual black female

Jul 18, 2014
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Boric acid
by: Anonymous

My doctor recommended boric acid capsules inserted as a suppository and I have also tried diluted hydrogen peroxide douches once a day for seven days to introduce oxygen and that has definitely helped also.

Dawn answered: Thanks Anon. And you can read more about how to use boric acid capsules here.

Mar 21, 2015
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stop going to the doctor for bv!
by: Anonymous

It's simple. If you have been diagnosed with bv there can be many causes. From diet, sex partners, hygiene, sugar intake!, alcohol,smoking, toxic levels in your body...the list goes on and on. I've read so many posts from women dealing with this for years!! Are you kidding me? Doctors make so much money from women running back to them after going through countless antibiotics....newsflash!... It's never going to go away if you keep killing all the bacteria. You must retain vaginal ph balance.

Do your research on natural remedies. Eat healthy green leafy veggies. Increase VITAMIN C. Red bell peppers, kale salad...spinach salad...get creative and eat lots of healthy probiotics as well. No...not strawberry yogurts.....eat organic plain yogurts. Find yourself a great vaginal probiotic pill. I use flora ultimate women's vaginal support. They sell it at health food stores. Like whole foods or heritage. Buy the one that is refrigerated. 50 billion or plus is a good choice.

What I also do ..pay attention ⚠ drink squeezed lemon juice about 3 table spoons in a glass of water mixed together a few times a day. Make this a routine. Vitamin c is not naturally reproduced by the body so replenish it daily.

I also use vitamin c pills 500 mg WITH rosehips. Make sure they are included they don't cost much about 5-8 dollars...buy only from a health food store. Not a pharmacy. Make sure they are pure. I suggest heritage store.

Now insert one pill daily at night use an unscented tampong to keep it from falling out. Make sure to place it as far into as you can(the pill). Do this for 4-5 days nightly.

Drink a glass of lemon and water at bedtime. Now once you are cured, make sure to watch your sugar! No sodas, minimal juice no fast food also try to stay away from processed food. Oh I also take the vitamin c with rosehip orally daily (one pill).

I have no Oder now for 2 years not during sex or after ...so good luck and stay away from doctors that are constantly giving you antibiotics. It will be a never ending battle if you do. Vitamin c cures bv period.

Don't forget. No douching with all that fufu stuff... If you need to douch after period or whatever use warm water with a little hint off organic apple cider vinegar. That's it...use unscented tampons and pads during periods. And no feminine washes! Use unscented soap ( either one organic soap or I use dove unscented.. Works for me but you will have to try it out.just don't buy fufu soaps. They through your ph balance off.

OK so I think I coverd everything. Good luck:-)

Jun 25, 2015
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Confused
by: Anonymous

Hey,
I also take renew life probiotics for women. I also drink lemon water daily. I thought this was my cure. Last week it stopped working!! I also bought a new bottle of those probiotics last week. Do you think I got a bad batch? What's the deal?
Thanks

Jun 27, 2015
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Yeast in my mouth!
by: Anonymous

I can't believe I have finally been free of yeast infections for over a year and now have thrush!! I need to just add female probiotics as a daily regimen. I went to my dentist to confirm my suspicions and had read a few remedies she might prescribe but she said she didn't want to give me anything that would throw off my balance anymore. I developed it from drinking apple cider vinegar right before bed and I guess it stayed in my mouth since I didn't drink water after and it killed good bacteria. She suggested to continue the baking soda rinses i had started which gave me temporary relief, OxiFresh mouthwash, a great line of healthy products, and eating yogurt. She said with my history I must have an ongoing imbalance that I should consider looking into a detox or an eastern/acupuncturist doctor. Ill write again if I have any success!

Jan 25, 2016
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FEM DOPHILUS IS KEY!!!
by: Anonymous

Fem Dophilus is life changing!! It worked for me less than 24 hours after taking it.

Nov 03, 2016
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BV for first time and cured with Vit C
by: Anonymous

I inserted Vit C 500mg timed release for three nights and no bv, completely gone, only some stomach cramps but pro biotics have eased these. Couldn't believe after one night of Vit C insertion there was no smell or discomfort, only continued for another two nights to be sure. Further relief from pro biotics. very quickly. It really works. Also taking Vit D spray which I take every winter anyway for relief of low mood.

Dec 05, 2016
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What's really going on
by: Tigress

I think bacterial vaginiosis is connected with hpv strains when it reoccurres so much but also you can be allergic to the soaps that your partner or you use and that can cause infections as well.

Also if you get a bacterial infection its best to have the other person treated or they could reinfect you. There are cases where they don't show signs of bv but did get it from you. Also condoms or diff lubes can throw off a ph or you can be allergic.

I found out these scenarios myself. I've heard of women being allergic to their partners private parts or fluids but before you say that, you should go get a patch test done to rule out other products you are both using on your bodies that you are in contact with. Just a probiotic won't make it magically be fixed. It's a lifestyle of many things to take care of your flowers. 🙂

To the person who had to make a comment saying that women were not meant to be together... that opinion has nothing to do with this thread and your ignorance is not bliss. Grow up.

Dec 05, 2016
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FOUND MY SAVING GRACE!!! HOPEFULLY YOU WILL TOO
by: Anonymous

I HOPE MY STORY HELPS AT LEAST 1 OF YOU LADIES OUT THERE.

I have (or should I say HAD chronic bv) had chronic bv for about 2-3 years and at first it was the typical bv, then it progressed to a scary place that I went to the er and they ran every test possible since none of the doc's seen it that bad. It was swollen, the while area, the inside layer of your skin started to shed to where it burned when I urinated bcus of the skin being gone. It was bad!!! To say the very least. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

So the doc's gave me the typical rx plus prednisone and numbing cream which none worked!....I started doing my own research and learned about probiotics!!!!....Needless to say I compared all the probiotics out there read all the reviews and the first one I tried which was REPHRESH Pro-B Probiotic.

I have been taking I capsule a day for 6 months now and haven't had ONE ISSUE. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT. But keep in mind what works for me, may not work for you.

I am currently looking for another probiotic only bcus i recently lost my job and cannot afford the $30 a month it costs to maintain. I've called the company and they donot have ever any coupons. So I am forced to find a new cheaper one and that offers its consumers coupons!!!

Good luck to you all!!!!

Jan 24, 2017
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What Cured my BV
by: Anonymous

I hope this helps someone. I started getting BV after a new sex partner. Took antibiotics to come right back. What cured it was RenewLife Women's Complete Ultimate Flora Probiotic 90+. I take a pill daily. Buy it REFRIGERATED from a health store. I pay $50 for 30 days, but it has been the best investment.

I also take Vitamin D supplements because my levels are low, and finally I do a half/half Distilled water and Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) douche once a week for maintenance. If you currently have BV do it for 7 days twice a day and then once a week for maintenance. This has worked for me...no BV, no smell, no discharge. I hope It works for you.

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