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Boric Acid Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis

Last Modified on Aug 26, 2015


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 45 Earth Clinic readers who have treated BV with boric acid! Let us know if this remedy worked for you!


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Posted by Anna (Sacramento, Ca) on 08/26/2015

[YEA]  Homemade Boric Acid Capsules for 4 days and nights inserted into the vagina cured my Bacterial Vaginosis after suffering for 3 weeks. It won't come down in the daytime, but it causes a watery discharge which also contains the bacteria, so wear a liner. A whole garlic clove or a tampon dipped in diluted tee tree oil can also bring relief and or cure, however there are many strains of bacteria so you have to see which one works.

Note: Neither the typical treatment for yeast infection nor bladder infection will work on this type of bacteria.

Posted by Srs (Charleston, Sc) on 08/17/2015

[YEA]  I've posted about a year ago, but I want to give another update in regards to this EMBARASSING condition! I've been using Boric Acid capsules for about 3 years with much success! Interestingly I can anticipate the times that I will have an 'episode'?.which usually include pre & during menstruation, post sex, and when I eat seafood (Seriously)! Even after 3 years I just recently bought my second bottle of Boric Acid for less than $10! Yes, ladies - that's about $3.00 A YEAR to save myself from this embarrassing condition. No doctor visits, no prescription medicines and most importantly no smells. I encapsulate the boric acid in '00' size capsules (about 450mg) and just insert one before any of the above conditions will take place. Even when me and the hubs go away on vacation I just take a few capsules, just in case!

I've also created a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, soaked a tampon and inserted it over night. This seems to help balance the pH level and is my go to should I forget my capsules.

While boric acid only treats the symptoms, I have begun an elimination diet, mainly meat, cheese and other mucus forming foods. It's hard to make these changes, but walking around with a smelly v is much harder!

Posted by Natasha (La) on 08/06/2015

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I did the boric acid 2 nights (filling my own from what the other posts recommend and adding acidophilus) and the symptoms went away for 5 days. I have been washing my underwear on hot and I microwaved them (not recommended- some seemed to have caught fire) but somehow I think I reinfected myself.

I'm trying the boric acid again, I was going to do a 10 day treatment this time, but does anyone have any side effects? I notice my whole body is itchy after using the BA.

Replied by Rs
Sf, Ca
08/08/2015
You should not have any itching from using boric acid capsules in your vagina. I have been using them for about 2-3 years for BV (there is NO cure, only maintenance). If this is your first outbreak of BV then you need to use the capsules every night for 10 nights. Then see how you feel and taper down to every 3-4 nights unless you feel that "feeling" coming back. Boric Acid will not harm you internally but you don't want to get it on your external skin or inhale it. Wash your hands immediately after making your capsules or use rubber gloves. It is a miracle maintenance substance for BV and nothing else helped me. I tried everything under the sun for 6 years and boric acid capsules are a staple in my kitchen cupboard to stay. I also make my own and use about one a week now just to maintain vaginal pH balance. It is really all about alkalizing and keeping a balanced pH in all parts of your body, which really is a full time job. Try drinking pH bottled water with at least a pH level of 8.5 or higher. It has made a world of difference for me. If you drink a little every day you won't even need boric acid after awhile. Life will be good again. Good Luck!!
Replied by Mindy
Escondido
08/23/2015
I've been using boric acid (tonight is night six) and I'm still so itchy on the outside!! Did you have issues with being itchy externally? I feel fine on he inside, it's just the outside (my pee hole Sorry tmi!! )

Posted by Michelle (Usa) on 06/22/2015

[YEA]  I had bacterial vaginosis off and on for several months and finally seem to be rid of it. I think it was caused by my diva cup and once by using tampons, as well as condoms with spermicide. Eventually my boyfriend and I may have been passing an infection back and forth - we're the kind that put condoms on 'later'. He was diagnosed with balantitis - pretty much the male equivalent of BV. He got treated w/ antibiotics and we're both in the clear now.

I tried so many different holistic remedies and antibiotics. Nothing worked until I stopped using condoms which I assume contained spermicide. Spermicide contains nonoxynol-9, which is a "surfactant/detergent" anddangerous to your vaginal membranes. I would rid myself of BV, then 3-4 days after having sex, it would come back. I noticed the pattern and stopped using them. I did a 12 night regimen of boric acid suppositories - 1 per night right before bed. I made them myself by buying the empty capsules and boric acid powder from a pharmacy. I filled each capsule a little more than halfway. You need to get these pills as far up as possible - the infection is in your cervix and sticking them up with your fingers does not reach the infected area. I reused an applicator from a failed attempt with VH Essentials from Rite Aid. YOU HAVE TO SANITIZE THE APPLICATOR EVERY TIME YOU USE IT - BEFORE AND AFTER TO BE SAFE. I used hydrogen peroxide to clean it.

I took probiotics during the 12 night regimen. I have stopped using tampons and definitely no more diva cup. Pads only from here on out. I stay away from wearing hose, tight pants, and only wear cotton underwear. I don't wear panties to bed anymore so my vagina can air out. I limit time in a bathing suit.

Another thing that was not helping was that I had horrible acid reflux and heartburn around that time with BV. An acidic environment is perfect for infections to take hold. If you have BV, the PH balance of your vagina is off. I felt that these went hand in hand and have since remedied both my acidic issues and BV.

I hope this information helps. BV is a terribly difficult infection to rid your body of. I got to some low points. Stick in there and don't give up.

Replied by J
Hnl
06/30/2015
Just a wee note regarding the pH comment: BV actually loves an alkline environment, so having a more acidic vaginal pH is preferred for good vaginal health (around 4). The good flora in the vaginal tract create hydrogen peroxide which helps to keep the vaginal pH appropriate--Boric Acid does much the same...

Posted by D-nice (Ca) on 06/19/2015

[YEA]  Boric Acid Suppositories worked way beter than Flagyl, way better than MetroGel, Mertonidazole and any other prescription, it even worked bettern than cleocin. I used to suffer from BV years ago 2008 to 2012 but then it went away once I started using the Boric Acide capsules, nothing seemed to work. Then I had a baby in 2013 and I didn't have BV until 2015 and it came back with avengeance and it is driving me crazy because my hubby thinks I don't want be with him intimately, but this freaking BV makes it uncomfortable to urinate let alone have sex.

Replied by Mindy
Escondido
08/15/2015
Yes!!! That's me! I feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel! I've tried everything! So today I went and got my boric acid tablets. I'll be starting my first day tonight before bed. Wish me luck. This is my last hope. If these don't work I'm pretty sure I'm screwed!

Posted by Optimistic (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 06/01/2015

[YEA]  Hey girls! I'm 23 and I have been suffering from BV for almost a year. I went to the doctor SEVERAL times. Got the antibiotics and they only ever worked for a few days, then it would come right back. I tried the Hydrogen Peroxide tampon soaking and douching. When I did that it usually worked for about a week at a time. Not enough of a cure, just a short term thing. Once I was referred to an actual OB/GYN (as opposed to a general practitioner) she prescribed the boric acid suppositories.

She gave me 14. I did inserted them nightly for 10 days and used one after every sexual encounter. It was GREAT until I ran out. My doc gave me 3 refills thankfully. I realized I wasn't fully cured after the first 14 doses. I refilled them and now I only use them after sex. So far things have been going well. I'm hoping that once I use up all of the refills that I don't have to call her back up for more. Hopefully things are going back to normal. Here's hoping!! :)

Replied by Mary
Council Bluffs Iowa
06/17/2015
You can buy 00 capsules and powdered Boric Acid on Amazon and make your own!!

Posted by Amanda ( New York, US) on 05/21/2015

[YEA]  I've had BV/yeast infection for as long as I can imagine, it started when I was a child. Now that I look back on it it could've been brought on by a swim in a lake but there's no way of knowing. anyway, it has been hell for me these past few years. I tried the other remedies to no avail and then finally decided to try the boric acid and I am COMPLETELY free. It's been almost two months now and I've had no problems whatsoever, no smell or anything!! It didn't cure my YI but I've been using ACV douche for that and it's been working. I don't see the BV ever coming back but if it does I have a lot more boric acid left. If you guys are suffering PLEASE try this, I had a pretty LONG and BAD run with BV and this is the only thing that has worked. Good luck!!

Posted by Bron (Brisbane, Australia) on 04/26/2015

[YEA]  It has now been a year since my first post and I have been BV free this entire time! I wanted to check back in and lay out as clearly as possible what has worked for me.

This is what I recommend to those of you struggling with this hideous condition..

Preparation:

  • 1. Order 100% boric acid or medical grade boric acid (it's the same thing but called different things in different places) AND 00 Veg capsules. In Australia, simply order both of these on Ebay. I believe in the US, you can ask your pharmacy to order them for you or try Amazon.
  • 2. With clean hands, simply fill the larger side of the capsule with the boric acid and then use the smaller side as the lid. Make up as many as you like - they last for months and months. Store them in a glass jar in your pantry and keep capsules and all ingredients out of reach of the little ones.
  • 3. Buy pads - do NOT wear tampons during this treatment.

The Regimen

  • Start your treatment on your next period.
  • On the first night of your period, (and with clean hands) insert 2 capsules just before you go to bed.
  • For the next 5 nights, insert one capsule just before you go to bed.
  • Do this treatment for the next 3 periods (4 periods in total).
  • You may notice increased wetness as the capsules make their way out - completely normal. You may even find bits of the capsule - also normal.

Ongoing treatment:

  • After completing your 4 month treatment, you can cut back to inserting one capsule, usually on the last night of your period. As before, wear a pad that night and during the next day, but tampons on the other days should be fine. I believe wearing tampons overnight is not a good idea, but up to you.
  • Supplements and diet are completely up to you - I don't know what exacerbates BV, but it can't hurt to eat healthier.

Tips:

  • Always insert the capsule just before you go to bed. You want it to stay in for as long as possible.
  • Just before inserting the capsule, I like to hold the capsule under running water for about 20 seconds to soften the 'skin'.
  • Insert the capsule as far as you can. I don't think applicators are necessary, it's a personal preference.

Best of luck to you!

Bron

Posted by Mzn (Chicago, IL) on 04/19/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had BV since 2009 and nothing has worked . Now I'm currently inserting Boric acid capsules and they have worked as far as the smell. I started using one capsule at night and then one in the morning after I shower. I'm going to continue doing this for the next 5 days ( until 4/24/15), which will be 2 weeks. Hopefully, it will get rid of the discharge like it did the smell. Praying for a relief!!!

Replied by Rose
Canada
04/26/2015
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I couldn't agree with you more. The boric acid was wonderful for me. I would do the same thing, pretty much use it every day...However, I started bleeding every time I'd use it, like it would cause a full blown period, and my gynecologist couldn't give me answers (he'd say, well, ya know...it's an alternative treatment, I don't know much about it bla bla bla). I didn't feel irritated or anything...I'd just use one suppository at night... I'm going to try coconut oil capsules, I heard they work great, I tried them a while back but they weren't that effective...*sigh* the boric acid suppositories are the best thing for bv hands down!
Replied by Keelie
La
04/30/2015
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   I make them myself...instead of scooping the powder into the capsule, pack it by taking the capsule and pressing it down on a plate of powder. You'll get more powder in the capsule that way. Start off by inserting 1 capsule at bedtime for the first 3 nights, then use it every other night for a few weeks. I also use it to cleanse the vagina and stay fresh, but I use it every other day. The only side effect I've had was bleeding. I'm not sure exactly what is causing the bleeding...the boric acid itself or the capsules. Does anyone else experience bleeding too? Thanks to everyone for your comments!

Posted by Cassandra (Oxford, Mississippi) on 03/29/2015

[YEA]  I started using my homemade boric acid suppositories with boric acid powder and gelatin capsules. Found the powder on the shelf at my drug store with first-aid supplies. Filled up large side of capsule and put small side on as others have done. Used 1 first 2 nights and didn't seem to help. Used 2 capsules the next 2 nights and felt almost completely better after the first night. So if 1 doesn't work try 2 before you give up. Hope it continues to work. I have tried eating yogurt, acidophilus, tea tree oil, and hydrogen peroxide without it helping at all. So don't give up.

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