by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Pelvic Health

Dear Dr. Northrup,

Is there a natural way to treat vaginosis?

Thanks – K.C.

Dear K.C.,

Yes. There are many ways to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally. The easiest is to make sure the pH of the vagina remains acidic. You can do this with tampons dipped in natural unsweetened yogurt or with a dilute vinegar douche. Relationship or job stress can make bacterial vaginosis worse, too. So try to identify any situations in which you are feeling energetically “raped.” That means feeling as though you are being forced to do things that bring you no pleasure. Another thing- all dietary sugars contribute to bacterial vaginosis so keep these to a minimum. Start counting grams of sugar in your food, and keep them to 15 grams or less.

Hope this helps – C.N.

Last Updated: March 18, 2010

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Leda Rose Cedar
    7 years ago

    I’ve just got a diagnosis of benign vaginal sclerosis. Its White fom under clitoris down the clitoral ‘legs’ and surrounding tissue pale. Is estrogen or cannibas oil or ratio-Clobetasol, a steroid best? I’m waiting to see a gynecologist.

  2. Pamela
    9 years ago

    I was just diagnosed with postmenapausal atropic symptoms are dryness,painful intercourse and heavy spotting after sex. I need a natural alternative because I refuse to use those estrogen creams. HELP!!!

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