The quick facts about bad vag (BV, AV, STIs)

  1. Bad vag can be caused by quite a number of different bacteria, with the main offenders being those involved in STIs, bacterial vaginosis (BV) and aerobic vaginitis (AV).
  2. These bacteria can change the pH in the vagina, and cause the proliferation of bad bacteria. This results in the fishy smell and discharge.
  3. The treatment aims to remove the biofilm and replace it with a healthy Lactobacillus biofilm. This needs to be done with a program to repopulate not only the vagina, but the whole gut. The problem almost always originates in the gut and the gut and vagina share many microbes.
  4. Antibiotics don’t have a very good long-term effect on BV, and the three-month resolution rate is abysmal. It does work sometimes.
  5. Read the Killing BV eBook prior to treatment with antibiotics because antibiotics also kill off the good bacteria, which you need to recreate the biofilm.
  6. Antibiotics can be an excellent adjunct to the treatment program.
  7. Bad vag can start in the gut, and can be triggered by poor health, low immunity and other triggers.
  8. The bacteria live there naturally in many women, but do not become pathogenic because they do not have the chance.
  9. This is a microbe problem, not a vagina problem. It is most definitely fixable with a bit of focused effort.


We’ve written a book detailing how to get rid of the bacterial biofilm caused by G. vaginalis just for men.
You can check out the women’s version here.

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Read more about Jessica and My Vagina's origin story.
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