Vaginal Odor Cause and Treatment

Cause of Vaginal Odor

Unpleasant vaginal odor is often caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is not a true infection but an upset of the vaginal normal ecology. For example, if the water level of a river is running low, the number of fish would decrease and amphibians would thrive. This is called ecological shift. During BV, the good bacterium Lactobacillus decreases, but the unwanted bad bacteria increase. The cause for such an ecological shift is not clear, but risk factors include antibiotic use, douching, hormone reduction due to menopause or pregnancy, and change of sexual partner.

Why do antibiotics and home remedies often fail?

Vaginal odor is thought to be caused by the overgrowth of undesirable bacteria, and thus is often treated with antibiotics to kill these bacteria, but antibiotics do not always work. Continuous use can cause side effects, such as yeast infection. Let us use the river analogy again. Killing of the “amphibians” (bad bacteria) does not increase the number of fish (good bacteria) if the water level in the river is running low. Home remedies for vaginal odor include douches and Lactobacillus capsules. Research found that douche often causes BV because it disrupts vaginal ecology. Lactobacillus capsules deliver live friendly bacteria to the vagina. Theoretically it should work, but in reality it often does not. This is like putting more fish into a river in order to outnumber the “amphibians,” but if the water level in the river is running low, all added “fish” will soon die out. Overall, there are few truly effective products for vaginal odor.

How does NeuEve work?*

A major reason for vaginal ecological imbalance is caused by the lack of available nutrients for the “good” bacteria. By supplementing the right combination of nutrients (prebiotics) for the “good” bacteria, the dominance of the “good” bacteria can be restored. This may result in the elimination of vaginal odor in some women. For example, to restore the previous, normal ecology of a dried river, in which fish diminishes and amphibians dominate, the best way is to increase its water level. This can result in more “fish” and less “amphibians” naturally. Killing “amphibians” (bad bacteria) or adding more “fish” (good bacteria) into the dried river may not fix the problem or may provide only temporary solution. On the other hand, customers reported that the effect of NeuEve is rapid. In less than 24 hours after using the first suppository, vaginal odor diminishes. The NeuEve special patented formulation allows extended and timed release for up to 7 days. This makes the formula more convenient to use due to its long-lasting effect. Continuously using the product will help keep good vaginal health.*


NeuEve in Action

Dr. Stacey Naito explains:

- How NeuEve helps naturally restore pH balance to end fishy odor
- Why she prefers giving patients NeuEve over antibiotics, boric acid, and intimate wash


What causes BV and how does BV Clear work?

The healthy vagina

A healthy vagina is home to a delicate balance of bacteria, including friendly lactobacilli, and exists in a natural state of equilibrium.

What causes BV?

There are plenty of things to blame for BV. Your period, antibiotics, over-washing, and even semen; all can disrupt your vagina’s natural balance. Lactobacilli are replaced by unfriendly bacteria, causing itching, a strong, fishy odor, and grey, watery discharge.

What does BV Clear do?

BV Clear beats BV by restoring balance to your vagina. Carefully selected nutrients support the re-growth of lactobacilli and - as if by magic - the symptoms of BV disappear. Goodbye discomfort, hello healthy, happy vagina!

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How to Clear Stubborn BV

Dr. Chang shares the latest science on the symptoms, cause, and treatments of bacterial vaginosis.

BV that results from vaginal atrophy / low estrogen, can be especially stubborn.

How many packs of BV Clear do I need?

BV-free by day 9

Mild BV

You’ve never had BV before and haven’t tried any other treatments.

Use 1 Pack of BV Clear.

BV-free by day 12

Moderate BV

Your BV is recurrent and you’ve tried one other treatment, such as boric acid, tea tree oils, acid gels, or probiotic suppositories. Use 2 Pack of BV Clear.

Use 2 Packs of BV Clear.

BV-free by day 9

Severe BV

Your BV is recurrent and you’ve tried multiple treatments - including BV Clear, antibiotics, douching, and/or those mentioned above.

Use 1 Pack of BV Clear Finisher, or 3 Packs of BV Clear.

BV-free by day 12

Highly Severe BV

Your BV is recurrent and you’ve tried multiple treatments - including BV Clear, antibiotics, douching, and/or those mentioned above.

Use 2 Packs of BV Clear Finisher.


Once you’ve beaten BV, we recommend a suppository each week - excluding the week of your period - for a further three months.

One pack per month of BV Clear or BV Clear Finisher.

This’ll keep your vagina in tip-top condition and can help prevent further episodes of BV.