Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acidophilus and Garlic
- Acidophilus, B12, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Goldenseal
- Acidophilus, Vitamin E, Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- ACV Bath, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Probiotics
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- B Complex With Folic Acid
- Baking Soda Douche
- Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt
- Boric Acid
- Boric Acid and Acidophilus
- Boric Acid and Fenugreek
- Boric Acid, Coconut Oil, Probiotics
- BV and Urinary Tract Infections
- BV and Yeast Infections
- BV Cause Theories
- BV Tips
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Combo Treatment for BV
- Condom Brands
- Diagnosing BV
- Dietary Changes
- Douche, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Eliminate Caffeine
- Essential Oils
- Fermented Cabbage Leaf
- Folic Acid
- Folic Acid and Acidophilus
- Folic Acid, Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
- Folic Acid, Garlic
- Folic Acid, Probiotics
- Folic Acid, Sage Tea
- Garlic Douche
- Garlic, Probiotics
- Garlic, Yogurt
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Juice Douche
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
- Gycerol Monolaurate
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche and Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, B Vitamins, Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotics
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Spring Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Tea Tree Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Indonesian Remedies
- Kefir, Oregano Oil
- Latex Allergy
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Diet
- Moxibustion, Kimchi, Yogurt
- Multiple Remedies
- Multivitamin, Probiotics
- Oak Galls
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
- Pineapple Juice
- Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, Garlic
- Probiotics, Folic Acid, B12
- Probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic
- Probiotics, Yogurt
- Remedies Needed
- Stop Using Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Teenagers With BV
- Tomato Juice
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Garlic
- Vitamin D
- Wrong Antibiotics
- Yogurt, Oregano Oil
03/15/2013: Nic from Boston, Ma: "I've been so puzzled by the whole debate of going to the doctor to get a prescription or just get the acid from the pharmacy and make the capsules myself. Initially I did just buy Humco's boric acid and capsules. The acid did work, but..."
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Baking Soda Douche
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 12/04/2010: Pure from New York, Ny: "So like many women I have also been suffering from BV! I tried lots of remedies and all but the medicine seem to work. The hydrogen peroxide was working well but as soon as I would miss a session all symptoms would return. So I went to my local natural food mart and received some of the best info ever. The man strongly recommended that I douche every other day with 1liter of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. In addition to this I was to drink twice a day- 8oz of distilled water, with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1tablespoon of lemon juice and a little honey.
From my experience this is the remedy that has worked best for me. I stuck with it for 2 months and then started to slow down because I was healed. The health food clerk did tell me consistency was most important but I should stop when my body felt normal. So here I am about 6months later and I feel like it's back slightly because I can't where my tights and feel comfortable but it's much more manageable. I started just douching every other day 2wks ago and back to feeling great. Please give this remedy a try I believe this is the most effective as well as least damaging to my body. All the best. Keep us posted if you try this remedy."
[YEA] 02/01/2013: Veronica from New York: "Hey, I have problems with seriously CHRONIC yeast and BV, and Betadine douches work great! I use them alongside my essential oil suppositories, but betadine is so healing, its just Iodine, which is extremely healing itself. I fine the betadine douches more effective and gentler on the tissues than peroxide douching, as I have made things worse, dry and inflamed using the peroxode douches. You can buy a large bottle of Betadine for $20 at the drug store.
You can use a Betadine douche twice daily for up to 14 days, (Ive done it myself and extensively researched on the internet the safety of this). Once in the morning for 1 to 2 weeks should be enough for most people though.
Also I make the solution pretty dark (like a dark red). I add quite a few drops in a little bit (maybe a half cup of water) and hold it in for a bit. Its wonderful. I read it stimulates the vagina to produce more lactobacilli, its very healing and very gentle. Ive nipped beginning yeast infections in the bud before."
Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/21/2010: Barrelmaniac from Summersville, West Virginia, Usa: "Betadine for BV
I have suffered with this for years. Unfortunately I have never really been cured. The longest I have went is probably 6 months with no symptoms. I started a forum on a health board regarding peroxide for treatment 4 or 5 years ago that had 100's of posts to my surprise. That's when I discovered I wasn't alone.
If your BV is mild, don't do anything! Take your supplements and wait until after a period and see what happens. The more you mess around with changing the flora in your vagina the more you are going to get things totally out of whack. I learned the hard way. Peroxide worked for me, temporarily but always came back with a vengeance. The more you do, the worse it comes back. You are killing all the bacteria in your vagina and some things allow the good bacteria to bounce back quickly while keeping the bad at bay.
If you must treat it, add some Betadine to good distilled water (pH 7, city water with chlorine has a very high pH) douche with betadine for 7 days, You can even use the swabs to clean the vaginal walls. Do this in the morning because it takes 120 minutes for the flora to begin to bounce back. Lactobacillus first! At night use a good quality yogurt and a syringe and then insert a tampon to hold it in. Continue yogurt treatment for a few days. Take a good quality probiotic daily.
Also Vinegar seems to allow the Lactobacillus to survive douching while killing the bad bacteria. If your BV isn't too bad try the vinegar and the yogurt treatment, watch what you eat and try to boost your immune system. Wait it out, it takes time."Replies
05/22/2010: Rs from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Hello. Your post was interesting. I have suffered from BV for years and have been on a regimen of vaginal health probiotics, B-12, folic acid, D3, fish oil and douching with 3% peroxide and distilled H20 about 3-4 days a week. I started this regimen last year in October after finding this site and I now find that this is something I have to do for the rest of my life. The BV will never go away. I did however research further on this site and decided to try the boric acid capsules. I ordered boric acid and empty veggie capsules from Amazon.com and made my own. I started using this capsule on Thursday night. Today is Saturday and I see GREAT results, much better than douching and the veggie caps dissolve totally in the vagina with no discharge from the gooey regular capsules. Hopefully this will work for awhile so I dont have to douche, I dont like the idea of douching at all but find it very necessary to treat BV if I want to have any kind of a sex life at all, and I do. I have found that my boyfriend does not even notice anything different and he says I smell and taste great. I do go through great pains to make sure everything down there is nice and clean but NO fragrance of any kind is used, that would be sudden death to my vagina, haha. What are your thoughts on the boric acid capsules, and have you tried this method also? Im constantly researching for new treatments (I say treatment because there is no cure) and there does not seem to be an interest by modern medicine to help women who suffer from this horrible condition and now I see that thousands and maybe millions of us DO suffer from this. Thanks for your posting!"
10/14/2011: Lynn from Katy, Tx replies: "Do you insert the capusle into your vagina?"
06/24/2012: Stargirl from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Is there any way I could be curing this bacterial infection only to get it back from my boyfriend during sex? Are there any tips to make sure he is bacteria free as well other than the normal washing with soap in the shower?"
02/03/2013: Linda from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "Beatadine is fabulous and YES, I too will have this for life.
Research taking beta carotene supplements. You can take up to 75,000 IUS everyday. Some women claim to have gotten a cure that way. I do that along with probiotics, EVERYDAY, and a table spoon atleast of coconut oil everyday with orange juice."
10/21/2012: Cindy Lou from Portland, Or: "I have to say thanks to all of the ladies out there who are brave enough to type out all of their woes. I have laughed, cried and felt a ton of empathy as I read your stories. I have been suffering from BV off and on since I was in middle school. I am now in my mid 30's. I didn't even know what BV was till last year when I was actually diagnosed. I thought it was just me. I was so ashamed, I didn't know what to do. How embarassing when my boyfriend turned away from me one night and exclaimed, "It smells like old seafood. " Oh you know I about died. I have never tried any of these home remedies. Tried the prescription stuff, but yes it returns eventually. One thing to keep in mind is the reality that boyfriends cheat. Eventhough BV isn't a sexually transmitted disease, when they sleep with other women and bring their stuff back to your body it changes the ph in our vaginas. True story. I had to figure it out the hard way. :(
I'm going to try the boric acid and see if it works... Kind of scary but I'll try it. I do notice a common theme here that there could be links to other imbalances. I have also struggled with acne ever since I was about 14. So maybe I should try the alkaline water... Thanks for all of the great ideas. I am ready to BV free!"
[YEA] 10/12/2012: Pam from La, California: "Hey ladies please use Boric acid for BV, It is working for me, I made my own capsules, and so far that odor is gone, and no white discharge, I do stick my finger up my yahoo every morning to see if I have discharge and I do not, just some from the boric acid, which is nothing, do not be scared to used this remedy, use the Humco brand, get it from the pharmacy or order it online, it is like 8 dollars, the capsules are cheap too, size oo, it is easy to make, just fill in the large size and cover with the small one, they have a youtube video, type in boric acid capsules and the lady shows u how to make your own, listen I feel your pain, who the hell wants to smell like u have not washed your vagina in years??? and ppl r mean and cruel, I had bv for a longgggg time, and been to the GYN to many times, so I said listen Im not gonna let this shit take my life over!!!!! I made like 100 capsules and I insert every night, I spray my clothes with FDS(shower fresh scent) and I smell like that, please try this remedy, u have nothing to lose but the smell. I have no itch or burning, never have, the boric acid changes the PH in your vagina, TRY TRY TRY It!!! The other stuff will not work, and yogurt? no, because that is not the strain of lactobacillus u need... Try it!!!! Smell good ladies get your life back!!!!"
10/09/2012: Shannon from Tucson, Az: "After 3 uncomfortable and confusing months I was diagnosed with BV. My doctor prescribed me with an oral antibiotic which made me physically ill, and although my symptoms decreased while on the antibiotics, once I ran out the symptoms came back worse than ever. The symptoms became so uncomfortable that I didn't want to exercise or have sex because of itching, the horrible smell, and the pain. First I tried eating garlic and taking folic acid, then I added acidophilus. When those remedies didn't work I tried douching, first with hydrogen peroxide, then with yogurt, then with colloidal silver. I even changed my diet and started vegetable juicing twice a day. Some of those remedies made a difference, but the BV always came back.
Finally, thank God, a friend of mine told me she used boric acid. I was very skeptical and I really didn't want to put some chemical I could buy at a hardware store inside of me. It just seemed dangerous. However, after 2 years of struggling with BV, I was SO desperate!! I went to a local compound pharmacy and bought medical grade boric acid. Then I bought empty gel caps. I made a paper funnel and filled them myself by hand carefully as I was super paranoid about accidentally consuming the boric acid. Then I inserted one capsule each night for ten nights. It worked SO well! I didn't have any symptoms at all for a month and a half, until after my next menstrual cycle when experienced very mild symptoms. I did another round of 5 capsules and it has been 7 months since I had any symptoms!! My life is finally back to normal. Please, BV sufferers, don't be scared of boric acid! It will change your life!!"
07/26/2012: Reallywantasolution from San Diego, Ca: "I've been having yeast infections and BV constantly for the past year. At least twice a month I realize somethings wrong. I've treated both with Borid Acid successfully but every time after sex, I get another infection. My gyno said my boyfriend most likely has BV (he is uncircumcised) and is contaminating me everytime we have sex. SO I have a question for all of you boric acid users, should I give my boyfriend some boric acid to put on himself? Is there a way (other than antibiotics) for him to clear up the BV that's living on his penis?
I went to the gyno and had a culture done, it said I have Group B Strep. She wants to prescribe me antibiotics but I'm afraid that's just going to make a super bug. I'm currently taking throughout the day:
2 Femdophilus (haven't had a yeast infection since taking these)
2 Grapefruit seed extract
4 Candida Quick Cleanse
2 400mcg of Folic Acid
Could any of these supplements help my bf? Could any others like goldenseal? Should I just do the antibiotics?"Replies
07/26/2012: Pedro from Sao Paulo, Brazil replies: "Be careful with doctors in the US because they are very ignorant about foreskin-intact men (most of the guys in the rest of the world are intact with no issues). In my experience they have their own agenda on the topic because of propaganda and also push for male multilation even when there is no religious reasons. Insane!
The truth is that I doubt your bf would be unaware of a bacterial or fungal infection down there since they produce discharge and creates irritation.
That being said it would be very easy to treat it. All he has do do is clean the area a few times a day with 3% hydrogen peroxide (if there is an infection it will foam). I was diagnosed with male candida years ago, and prescription creams worked but it would sometimes come back. One day I discovered that 3% HP clears the problems in no time, with no discomfort. Saturated borax water also works like a charm. Good luck!"
05/19/2012: Missy from Baltimore, Md: "Please ladies if you use Boric Acid go to a GYN and have them prescribed so you will get the correct dosage and type of Boric acid, my doctor prescribe 600mg vaginal inserts. To be inserted during my period, tho I have a hysterectomy now, and after sex. I also take Folic Acid and garlic pills. I suffered from BV since 19, Im now 43. I tried everything before recently finding a doctor that recommended Boric acid inserts. They make them at a special pharmacy that specializes in compound mixtures. Since starting them 5 months ago, I have not had an outbreak. She gave me refills of Boric Acid and Flagyll(Metronidazole) and first told me to take the Flagyll for 7 days and insert the Boric acid too. It Worked! From then on she requested after sex insert one and everyday during a period insert one. Before this all the other remedies, ACV, yougart, probiotics or even the flagyll alone did not help me. Before being prescribed the Boric Acid after sex and periods it would return again and again. But not now tho I occasionally will take a Flagyll after sex with the Boric Acid just for security. But I have not taken Flagyll and only used The Boric acid inserts after sex and been just fine. For the first time since age 19, I feel normal. Hope this helps."Replies
07/03/2012: Barker from Salt Lake, Ut replies: "I'm sorry but when I read posts like yours on here it REALLY bothers me. Pure Boric Acid is Pure Boric Acid - - it is a compound of Boron & if altered in anyway - it cannot be sold as BORIC ACID. As mentioned on this site numerous times - Humco is a brand that can be purchased at a pharmacy by request or online. Our local compound pharmacy sells & uses the Humco brand boric acid to fill 600mg capsules. 00 size gel caps are what the pharmacist uses to make 600mg capsules of boric acid. Fill the large size of the capsule only - as compactly as possible and cap with the small side. There you have 600mg boric acid capsules for vaginal insertion.
Anyone skilled enough to fill 00 capsules with powder (which is incredibly easy) can make their own boric acid capsules safely with the Humco brand. If you educate yourself about boric acid there is nothing to fear. Listening to fearmongers will keep you scared, in the dark and unable to cure yourself of anything.
Boric acid simply changes the pH inside the vagina, that is all, it is not directly killing anything unlike antibiotics. The stink of BV is from a pH imbalance. Menses changes pH and that is why it is recommended to use BA during menses. Sex & fluids change pH and that why it is recommended to insert after sex so the funk doesn't have a chance to get started."
[YEA] 07/24/2012: Wanthealth from Austin, Tx, Us replies: "As far as boric acid I want to vote 'Yea'. I had a long struggle that was incredibly sad and seemed unending (see my old posts below from Feb. 2012 for my story). I said I would provide an update, so I'm posting today.
Again, I have to say to any other woman going through this right now, I'm so very sorry that you can relate. This is a horrible thing to go through. Please believe you are not alone. I know this can feel incredibly lonely and isolating, but there are others here who understand. Don't lose hope, please!
From experience, my advice is to give boric acid a try. Most of our doctors will not make the suggestion because they are used to prescribing antibiotics and having them work for many of their patients. When the problem occurs chronically, they begin to scratch their heads and we unfortunately leave our appointments time and time again feeling depressed, defeated, and confused. I had to actually ask my GYN about boric acid, and she was willing to write the prescription after all other possibilities had been exhausted and proven unsuccessful. She, like I, was very frustrated. Find a doctor who is willing to prescribe it. Get the prescription called into a compound pharmacy (like People's Pharmacy or whatever is in your area) and try it. My insurance covered it.
I had to do two rounds of boric acid. (each prescription was written to be taken daily for 2 weeks). The first round was interrupted by my period and it didn't quite get rid of the problem. I got a refill and started again. And AGAIN my stupid period started. BUT thankfully that second time around, the boric acid actually worked!
My husband and I can now have sex again! But here is a big tip (if you're not already doing this): use lubrication. My GYN suggested this and it really makes a huge difference. These ongoing infections really wreak havoc on us and even when the infection finally goes away, there is still sensitivity that is sometimes painful. It's really helped my hubby and I to recapture all that this horrible condition stole from us over the past year and a half.
Please hold onto hope and if you haven't tried this, what do you have to lose? Just give it a try. There are many here who can answer questions, I'm also glad to do the same to anyone who posts. I can't thank you ladies enough for your advice and encouragement! I'm so glad I was led to this site because you ladies really helped me. With prayer, holding on to hope as best as I could, and trying the boric acid, things are better. I'm wishing you all the best too. Stay strong!
I know I searched the internet like crazy when I was looking for an answer. So, I'm writing this hoping that it will show up when another woman in need searches the internet:
boric acid for chronic bv - yes it works!
600mg boric acid capsules work for bv ask your doctor for a prescription
Recurrent/chronic vaginal infection - try boric acid, it does work!"
02/19/2013: Maggs from Anaheim, Ca replies: "So there are already made pills of boric acid that can be prescribed by a doctor?"
03/15/2013: Nic from Boston, Ma replies: "I've been so puzzled by the whole debate of going to the doctor to get a prescription or just get the acid from the pharmacy and make the capsules myself. Initially I did just buy Humco's boric acid and capsules. The acid did work, but it also burned. I heard so many times that the acid has to be medical grade, no more than 2%. So I called Humco today, and they told me their acid is 100%, and they don't carry anything less. Then I called the compounding pharmacy to ask how they compound these capsules and whether they do just simply fill size 00 600 mg with pure acid. The pharmacist said it depended on the prescription. Prescriptions vary from 200 to 600 mg, and based on that the acidity will vary. So at 600 mg of pure acid you will get 100%. If your doctor ordered only 2%, then the pharmacy will put a significantly smaller amount of boric acid in the capsule (smaller than 600 mg) and fill the rest with fillers. She (the pharmacist) said I could use fillers myself if I wanted, like corn starch, e.g., but of course if I didn't have a scale, it would be hard to achieve the accurate amount of acid and, therefore, acidity percentage. My understanding is that everyone who ever bought Humco's boric acid from Amazon and wherever else did buy 100% since they don't carry anything else. All of that said, I myself didn't realize this until today, so I did use 100% capsules for a while now. I've typed this information up for those who wondered about the whole medical grade issue. I am not encouraging anyone to go one way or the other (prescription or non). Just really FYI."
05/17/2012: Brandy from Ny: "Hi, I just came across this website a few days ago and been reading the comments, unfortunately to say I have been struggling wit BV for 2 1/2 years, and it seem to get worst by the days. I have tryed all the over the counter remedies, been to six different gynocologist an they all keep prescribing the same antibiotics ( Flagyl, clyndamicin, and so many others) still no relief. The odor gets worst and the discharge gets heavier. I recently moved into a new neighborhood and found a new gyn who I explain my constant problem to and ask her not to prescribe me any antibiotics because it does not work. She then prescribed a boric acid compound, which she says work for her cronic patients who face the same problem I am having. I its a 600 mg boric acid capsul which I should insert in the vagina at nights for ten days. I just started last night, so far no odor but the discharge is still there but its only the first day. I'll keep you posted hopefully this will work for me."
[YEA] 03/30/2012: Bunny from Englewood, Nj: "I learned about boric acid capsules way back in college and they work The regimens I've seen online suggest a week or more but one capsule inserted high up in the vagina usually does the trick. Rarely, I'll need to use a second one. I make my own capsules with boric acid powder and plain gelatin capsules. Since menopause, it seems that it develops after sex only if my husband ejaculates, so it is related to the semen changing the pH. A word of warning, approximately 12-24 hours after inserting the capsule, you will get a small gush of water from the vagina. It only happens once and I don't know what the mechanism is, perhaps related to the gelatin dissolving, but wear a small pad."Replies
01/10/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, any abnormal bleeding needs looking into by a gyny to rule out anything nasty. Take large table spoons of Blackstrap Molasses to lighten the flow. Maybe the boric acid knocked out your mineral balance?"
01/10/2013: Sbh2013 from Augusta, Ga replies: "I used boric acid capsules for a recurring yeast infection. It was very helpful in eliminating the symptoms. I used them several times with no problem, but now I am having vaginal bleeding. I have been bleeding for about 2 1/2 days. Its not like a period, but its not light spotting either. Its gushes of blood every few hour. Enough to fill a panty liner. I called my doc office and they said to wait a few days and if it does not go away come in. I am worried slightly because I am not sure what is going on... What should I do? Its a bright red blood, not really like a period. My cycle is not scheduled for another 2 weeks..."
03/03/2012: Marina from Grants Pass, Oregon: "Sorry to bother you - I meant my story is very similar to 06/29/2010: Rs from San Carlos, Ca But please don't put my post down that low. Sorry to be posting so much - I just want to help others."Replies
03/04/2012: Wanthealth from Austin, Tx, Us replies: "First of all, thank you for posting! I've been waiting to see if anyone would and I could definitely use help! (I posted on 2/15/12 directly below if you want to see my "story"). I went back and found the post you mentioned from 6/29/2010 and since your story is similar, I have a question for you. I got a prescription for 2 weeks worth of 600mg boric acid suppositories from People's Pharmacy. It has definitely helped. I'm still having slight burning intermittently, which is a little concerning, but things are much improved. I have 2 suppositories left and I'm starting to get nervous that things will wear off (scared to get too excited after a year of this... ). Do you think I should go ahead and make my own capsules to keep on hand "just in case"? Do you know if homemade capsules are stronger than the compound prescription I got? Thank you so much, I appreciate any help you are able to give!!"
03/04/2012: Marina from Grants Pass, Oregon replies: "Hi, my story is under YEA - Multiple Methods. For me, boric acid made a marked difference after weeks of being very diligent with H2O2, diet, probiotics, multivitamin, folic acid....... & 5 months of hellish paranoia. I am not a doctor but educated medically which involves science but, nonetheless, I could be totally wrong about what I am about to write but it is my understanding that boric acid is the chemical compound of (3) Hydrogen, (1) Boron, (3) Oxygen or H3BO3 or B(OH)3. BA is a weak acid of boron often used as an antiseptic, insecticide & flame retardant, which is a good element when your crotch is on fire!!! I think boric acid is what it is and it cannot be altered or patented. Just make sure it is not cut with anything funky and is 100%. When I see people say get medical grade and don't get the roach killer again, I'm not positive but I do not think there is a difference if it is 100% boric acid. I was in Portland and went to a compounding pharmacy and just asked for the powder it was $8 for 12 oz. I also bought a bag of 00 veggie caps. They are not allowed to fill the capsules for you without a prescription but again not positive but I imagine they use the same bottle/brand when they do fill a scrip. Fill only the larger side of a 00 capsule and cap with the little side. This is suppose to be 600 mg. I was later told I could get boric acid powder at any pharmacy. They just don't keep it on the floor I guess???? Again, and maybe ask the pharmacist, I don't think you can get a stronger dose unless you insert more and there is not necessarily a 'better than' because BA is what it is, H3BO3. The humco brand that people talk about is what the cool pharmacy sold me."
03/05/2012: Marina from Grants Pass, Oregon replies: "@ Wanthealth: I re-read your post and would suggest you do use a probiotic capsule vaginally as well (could put in at same time) I think I am going to open my probiotics and mix them with BA for my capsules. This helps recolonize the good bacteria directly without having to wait via digestion. I now use vitanica femecology for this. I would say it is a good idea to use pro-b vaginally if you are also using BA suppositories, either insert at the same time or pro-b the next morning.
Since you are getting results you might want to make your own and follow through with a protocol like this:
First night- insert 2 capsules
First week- 1 capsule inserted every night
Second week- 1 capsule inserted every other night
Third week- 1 capsule inserted every 3 days
Fourth week- 1 capsule inserted every 4 days
Fifth week- 1-2 capsules inserted per week or as needed
Another method I read also said to use them 1 per night during 4 consectutive menses after initial treatment. Might be a good idea to use 1 on the last night of menses after that since blood can change the pH.
I purposefully use a good amount of coconut oil when I insert caps and have had no irritation only mending!"
03/05/2012: Wanthealth from Austin, Tx, Us replies: "Thank you so much for this information!! It's so nice to finally have someone who really knows what this is like and how to get through it. What a blessing! I guess I was on the right track in thinking about the inserting the probiotics so I'm gonna try it as you suggested. Also, thanks for helping me understand the boric acid (great scientific explanation! ) I would have never known to only fill the bigger half of the capsule, so very helpful. I take my last prescribed suppository today, and I have to say I felt great most of today. So I know this is really working, I just have to keep pushing. I think following the schedule will be good for me too, especiallly right after my period. I'm definitely going to update on how things are going. Thank you again so much!"
03/06/2012: Marina from Grants Pass, Oregon replies: "I am glad I could be helpful to someone, this has been such a disturbing condition for me and it really upsets me to read so many horror stories about Drs continually re-prescribing antibiotics & the BV returning.
I want to thank all the women who have contributed their stories and given me tools and ideas to put my own remedy together.
I also hope it is helpful to others to see that you actually got a prescription for 600mg Boric Acid Suppositories from your doctor and that this treatment is not just some bizarre dangerous whacked out desperate measure found on the internet. I hope you post back in the future with your experience.
Also I hope people read a little about BA so they understand what it is.
BTW, boric acid works similarly to diatomaceous earth to kill insects. By sprinkling a very light dusting in their nests, where they hang out & over their walking ground, when soft skeleton creatures (ants, roaches, fleas) walk over the treated area the positive charge of the powder will be attracted to the creature and stick to its body. The damage the powder does is two fold. It basically slices holes into the bodies of the bugs and it absorbs moisture. In addition when they try to clean the powder off their body they ingest it and the end result is dehydration from both outside in/ inside out followed by death in about 72 hours after contact. It's not the same as poisoning. Do not use the BA treatment if you have raw skin tissue or tears, do not ingest it and do not store it where children or pets can accidentally get into it."
04/05/2012: Sjd from Belleville, Nj replies: "I've been dealing with BV for God knows how long and it's ruining my sex drive. All tests come up normal and the doctor keeps prescribing me Flagyl and I'm tired of taking it because it's always comes back. So now I'm trying a natural route. I upped my probiotic to 50 billion and I'm taking cranberry juice concentrate. I'm considering the boric acid treatment, but I def need a step by step recipe. Help! Plus I have a Mirena IUD and I'm just done with feeling so depressed about this."
04/06/2012: Marina from Grants Pass, Or replies: "Suggested:
- 00 veggie caps
- 1 Bottle Humco Boric Acid
- Compactly fill the larger side of the capsule to estimate 600 mg boric acid
First night- insert 2 capsules
First week- 1 capsule inserted every night
Second week- 1 capsule inserted every other night
Third week- 1 capsule inserted every 3 days
Fourth week- 1 capsule inserted every 4 days
Fifth week- 1-2 capsules inserted per week or as needed
IN ADDITION: Another method I read also said to use them 1 per night during 4 consecutive menses after initial treatment. Might be a good idea to use 1 on the last night of menses after that since blood can change the pH.
I coat a capsule with a glob of coconut oil when I insert caps and have had no irritation only mending. I have been sexually active with the same partner this started with and I have been free of BV and odor at least 6 weeks. I do insert a cap immediately after sex."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/26/2011: Naomi Jane from Howell, Michigan: "I have had Bacterial Vaginosis for 6 years, after vaginal surgery where they had to give me strong antibiotics and it kill all my good bacteria. Of course went through all the the normal creams, 5 times, Flagli, douching with watered down yogurt, taking 25 billion iu's of acidopholis daily. Eating the new Choboni yogurt that has 5 different cultures. Finally got on the boric acid capules. I have to use this every night or it comes back. I wish there was a permanent cure but I just don't think there is. I have yet to find an applicater that is easy and smooth to us. The ones that come with the cream are rough around the edge. I am going to continue the boric acid since nothing else has worked for me."Replies
12/02/2011: Misty from Gp, Tx replies: "Can someone tell me if I purchased the correct boric acid. I couldn't find any at the stores so I bought it at amazon. It came today and the bottle says boric acid powder nf. The brand is humco. I read the reviews and some say used to kill roaches and some say used for bv. I just wanted to make sure I am using the right kind. Would like to try this asap. I am sooo sick of bv and would like my sex life back. If this is the right kind I will post with an update if it worked."
12/22/2011: Dee from Wixom, Michigan, United States replies: "Misty, I would take it to your pharmacist to confirm. Or better yet, a compounding pharmacy that fills boric acid capsules by prescription. The ones a local BV specialist uses here are 600mg C-Boric Acid in '00' gelatin capsules. Hope that helps!"
[YEA] 12/28/2011: Tbert from Aa, Michigan replies: "I used the same Humco Boric Acid powder from Amazon and it works great. I was also a little concerned since I'd read somewhere that you should use a 2% powder and not 100% powder. I never could find a 2% powder and the 100% did not seem overly powerful. :)"
01/12/2012: Nancy from Clinton Township, Mi, Usa replies: "I just need to know if you can still have sex while using the boric acid suppositories."
01/24/2012: Beck from Athens, Texas replies: "@naomi just use a plastic tampon applicator without the tampon in it. works like a charm.
@nancy you can as long as it's not oral, since boric acid is a mild poison. but if you're trying to clear up bv you really shouldn't until youre done with treatment and it clears up because having sex can prolong the infection."
02/15/2012: Wanthealth from Austin, Tx replies: "PLEASE HELP!! I HAVE QUESTIONS! I've been suffering from this awful problem for about 11 months now. And ladies, I'm so sorry to know that you understand what this is like too! I wouldn't wish this on ANYONE. I never had any idea that something this horrible even existed!
I guess I was what you can call "a little naive". I didn't start having sex until I got married 3 years ago. Last year when this all started, I was given all the antibiotics that many of you have tried but it just kept coming back. It's been so depressing. Especially since my hubby and I have had such an incredibly fulfilling intimate relationship. All the years of waiting and THIS happens. It's devastating. But he is incredibly supportive and his positivity helps so much. I'm just at the point where I have to get this under control! I want my long awaited sex life back! And so does he. I hate putting him through this. We are still able to be intimate in other ways, and it has brought us closer in that sense. BUT it's just not the same.
I actually have gotten angry because why didn't the doctor I was seeing at the time give me any direction??!! I was so clueless about just how delicately balanced the vaginal environment is. I wish I had known about taking probiotic supplements during treatment. But I had to find that out on my own--after I realized this just wasn't going away. It's so frustrating that a lot of these doctors assume that women just know this stuff--we don't!! And how would we?? Especially if we've never had any type of issue/problem. I'm still working through that anger.
But luckily when my gyno refused to do a hormonal blood test, I went to my Endo and the PA actually had some experience with this and suggested I ask my gyno to switch me from the pH jelly she prescribed to boric acid. So I did and now I'm going to pick it up today with every hope and prayer that this will end my nightmare that is BV.
I'm so glad I finally found this site because I'm hoping you ladies can answer some questions for me:
Probiotics: I'm planning to continue taking a probiotic supplement. Right now I'm taking Micro Flora 50 Billion (unless you suggest a better one). Should I try taking it vaginally along with boric acid?? After all of this I'm nervous about putting anything else in there.
Sex: if this does work (and I pray it does) how long should I wait until my hubby and I try to have intercourse? I'm so afraid to feel that excrutiating pain again!
Diet: I've greatly reduced my intake of sweets and carbs months ago. I'm kind of tiny as it is, so I'm afraid to cut back too much, but what, if any, diet do you follow after having success with boric acid? Can you still eat sweets ocassionally?? (obviously this is a hard change for me! ) How about sweeteners, coffee, and diet beverages? These were always nice treats for me but now I'm avoiding them... After boric acid have you been able to resume these things???
SORRY THIS WAS SO LONG, but I would appreciate any help with these questions any of you ladies can offer. Thank you all again for sharing. I actually am hopeful for the first time in a long time after reading your comments. I will keep you posted about how the boric acid works for me."
11/23/2011: Strongmindset from Milledgeville, Ga: "I'm only 20 years old and I have been dealing with BV for some time now. I went to my doctor because I had a foul odor and a thick discharge (mainly after sex). She told me I had BV. I was then prescribed Metronidazole. It worked for about 2 to 3 months and then it was back again. I was prescribed the medicine once more, and now 2 weeks later it's back. I've been reading the posts and I think I'm now going to try some of the remedies; mainly the boric acid. My fiance' is very supportive and he makes sure that I don't get discouraged."
10/22/2011: Tired Of Bv from Wilmington, Nc: "Hi ladies.... I'm a sufferer of bv. And I can honestly say I'm tired of it!!!! So I've been reading the posts on here and see that some of the ladies saying that the boric acid treatments have helped with their problem. I'm wondering if I should try it. Idk but I guess you can say I'm kind of scared. I don't what brand of the boric acid to use or where to buy it. So if anybody can email me n let me know this kind of info I would greatly appreciate it a lot."Replies
11/03/2011: Bellabusters from Grand Forks, Nd, Usa replies: "OK. so really quickly, I am one of those people who never posts on sites. I just don't. I read and read and read, but usually don't take the time to go much further. But I have been plagued with BV for months now and I promised myself I would post something if I got cured. I never would have been cured had it not been for YOU ladies taking the time to write your stories.
I was diagnosed with BV then completed one course of Clindamycin... No better. Thenflagyl... No better. Then another round of Flagyl... Still no better. When the nurse practioner prescribed me a 4th round of antibiotics I said no. From the advice of all you ladies I tried:
H2O2 douches followed by tree oil tampon. Then lactobacilus inserted at night. Did this for 7 days. Felt a little better but was really red. Then I got my period and decided just to give myself a break for one week. Then I did the boric acid capsules, one per night x 14 days. Went today to doctor, and no more BV!!! Thank goodness.
So seems like the boric acid was the trick. I also have been taking garlic, goldenseal, probiotics and vitamin E and folic acid. Not sure if these helped at all or not?
Just wanted to share my story in hopes it may help somebody else.
Good luck to everyone:)"
11/04/2011: Angela from Brooksville, Fl replies: "Ok, been suffering from recurring bv. Getting annoying, seems to come back after menses. Was getting ready to go buy VH Essentials as last time it did get rid of it BUT it worked too well and I ended up with a yeast infection afterwards that I had to treat.
Has anyone had this issue doing your own boric acid capsules? Or after using for a full 7 days (like the vh essentials, figured this time I'd only do 4 days instead of 6/7 they call for)?"
12/22/2011: Dee from Wixom, Michigan, United States replies: "Boric acid kills all bacteria, good and bad, same as antibiotics. The good news, however, is that boric acid capsules have long been prescribed for recurrent yeast infections because it kills yeasts as well! Nothing can live in boric acid (if used long enough to wipe out the infection entirely).
Reducing the boric acid treatment or BV essentials decreases your chances of curing your infection. Take the full course, but take probiotics, eat yogurt and once the kit is done insert fem dophilus to help your body recolonize the good bacteria."
01/15/2012: Mandy from Ny replies: "This is Mandy again, the boric acid did not work for me:(( I do not know what esle to do, I feel like a prisoner in my own body, Im sad all the time and I never was like this, BV has taken over my whole life and all I can do is pray, that is all I have left, I feel like it is the end for me, I smell like fish down there, seven years of Hell, I wish I never douched, that is how I got BV and please doctors stop saying it is common, because I neve heard of this in my life, NEVER, why they can't do something about this? I feel like I died seven years ago:(((((((((( anyone wanna talk e mail me collumbia7777(at)aol, com I feel all your pain everyday, humiliation:**"
01/18/2012: Liz from Rwg, Mn replies: "Mandy, I tried to email you - it bounced back.