Last Modified on Dec 18, 2014
Boric acid is an extremely effective natural cure for BV, or bacterial vaginosis, when used properly.
A number of factors can offset the balance of the healthy pH of the vagina including menstrual flow, semen, and soap. As the pH becomes alkaline, the natural bacterial environment of the vagina also becomes upset and often results in bacterial vaginosis – an uncomfortable and often embarrassing condition. We, however, have researched a number of methods for treating bacterial vaginosis and discovered that boric acid is one of the most effective methods of treatment.
What Is Boric Acid?
While you may be most familiar with boric acid as a form of poison, boric acid, in essence, is considered an effective antiseptic. As such, it is often used in treating a number of different infectious conditions including bacterial vaginosis.
Does It Really Work?
Bacterial vaginosis is a condition that results from the imbalance in the pH of the vaginal environment, specifically the vagina becomes alkaline. Boric acid is a mildly acidic antiseptic, so when used to cleanse the vagina, the pH level is restored to a more acidic level, which is typical. Treating in this way is an effective option for relieving bacterial vaginosis.
How Do I Use It?
Boric acid is used as an inserted treated. The treatment typically comes in a capsule form and is inserted into the vagina directly. You can make the capsules yourself by putting boric acid powder inside of empty gel capsules. If you have difficulty finding boric acid, a pharmacist can typically order it for you.
Is There Anything Else I Should Consider?
While the CDC does not specify a specific treatment order for boric acid, a suggested treatment option is 1 capsule inserted once or twice a week. You should never consume boric acid, but it is a safe treatment to use externally in the vagina.
While some may view boric acid as a particularly concentrated treatment, the good news is that boric acid is typically a permanent treatment for bacterial vaginosis.
Continue reading below for detailed feedback from more than 30 Earth Clinic readers who have successfully treated BV with boric acid! Let us know if this remedy worked for you!
|BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (2)||4%|
|BETTER BUT NOT CURED (2)||4%|
|WORKED TEMPORARILY (1)||2%|
[YEA] I want to thank everyone here for sharing their stories and successes with battling BV. I've suffered from intermittent episodes for over 12 years. For the past year, I've used boric acid capsules and I have never felt more confident and FRESH! I ordered the H*** brand off Amazon and picked up the capsules from Earth Fare (although these can be bought online too). I fill the '00' capsules myself and insert them immediately after sex, which is when my vaginal acidity is most off, and at least once a week. I will also insert a capsule during and after my menses.
When I first started, I used one capsule every day for one week, and then dropped to one a week or post sex and menses.
This is truly a big YEA for me, but you should also supplement with acidophilus pills and/or supplements to help your body stabilize pH!
Good luck and again, Thank You ladies for sharing on this site!
Replied by Jenn
12/17/2014Posted by Jessica (Scottsdale, US) on 12/03/2014
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] It does work to get rid of smell and just overall dirty feeling of B.V but it needs to be done on routine. I used it for a few days before my vacation in Mexico and I found that by day 3 or 4, my bv was back.
Boric acid doesnt " cure" it but it changes the bacteria from bad to good ... once it wears off, the bv is still there and the bad is still there. I'd say you need to use it every 3 days or so to maintain freshness.
I personally struggled with it for a long time too and boric acid is the only thing that works.Replied by Delilah
12/11/2014Posted by Melb (Tampa, Fl) on 11/16/2014
[YEA] After MONTHS of reading, research, and skepticism and having actually bought the veggie capsules and Boric Acid (BA) from Amazon, I finally tried it. I had refills for Metronidozole oral, so I wanted to use them up first. But every other month or so, the BV would return immediately after my menses or intercourse. I can't tell you how frustrated and embarrassed I felt. I was thinking that I will have this for the rest of my life. Well, the BA capsule was finally inserted one night. The next morning I figured I would have some type of discharge or burning, so I prepared myself with a pad. Throughout the day, there was a little watery discharge - but no discomfort or burning, or anything like that. By the end of day...the foul BV odor and BV discharge was gone. This was last week Tuesday. Today (Sunday) so far, I feel squeaky clean, and still no funky odor. I am very happy with the results. It was a one time treatment, and I didn't have to set an alert on my phone to remind me to take any meds and I was able to drink alcohol. I couldn't be happier! But before I get too excited, I do want to see whether the BV will return or not. I am thinking the antibiotics was not just getting rid of the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria. So my search continues on getting my vaginal pH balance healthy and back on track without having to constantly resort to temporary relief. Any pointers? Another concern of mine is if the BA treatment could potentially cause harm in terms of fertility, or cancer?! And what if one becomes pregnant - my guess is that BA is not an option...?Replied by Renee Smith