Before I tell you how to make an iodine douche for BV, I want to warn you that iodine douches can be rather dangerous. I had a friend in fact that ended up in the hospital after a very bad reaction to iodine. She ended up with weeping blisters inside her vagina. She had a very bad BV infection at the time and this spread the infection must faster. She was in the hospital for more than two weeks and it took months for her to fully recover. She even had to post-pone her wedding it was so bad, and as you can well imagine, it put a serious damper on her love life.
To make an iodine douche for BV, you mix one level teaspoon of a 10% povidone-iodine solution with two cups of water. You can buy a bottle of the 10% povidone-iodine solution from most drugstores. It may be labeled as Betadine since this is the brand name povidone-iodine is often sold under but it will still say “povidone-iodine” as the active ingredient. I don’t think I’ve ever seen povidone-iodine sold as anything other than a 10% solution in a drugstore but do check on this because it is absolutely imperative you do not mix a solution that is stronger than what I have described above. In fact, I would advise you to err on the side of caution. The “teaspoon” I refer to is a measuring teaspoon and some “teaspoons” in a silverware set may hold more volume than a teaspoon in a measuring spoon set so please be very careful and please do err on the side of caution.
Betadine is the same solution you have probably seen nurses rub on patients before an operation. It is a brown liquid with a yellowish tinge to it. It is a very potent antiseptic and kills all microorganisms immediately on contact. It is used to sterilize the skin around an incision to prevent the bacteria on the skin from getting inside a patient’s internal cavity. For this purpose, povidone-iodine has been been a super star in the medical community for more than 50 years. Nonetheless, as a douche for BV, povidone-iodine has serious drawbacks.
Iodine douches for BV can actually do more harm than good if they cause a skin reaction in a woman. Unfortunately, this is fairly common. For this reason, you may want to test the povidone-iodine on the tender side of your forearm before deciding whether or not to use povidone-iodine as a douche for BV. Remember too that your forearm is probably less sensitive than the walls of your vagina.