Last Modified on Aug 23, 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!
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Thank you ladies for your posts. I'm encouraged. I just received my Boric Acid Rx in the mail from a local compounding pharmacy. I was not sure I would use them, even though they cost $60. They are very scary. I did some reading and saw that they can be deadly due to kidney failure if there is a cut or sore on the vagina. However, I've had candida for decades after taking antibiotics in the 70's for 3 years for my acne. I've tried everything else. I used Fluconazole 250mg on and off for years but I would drink a glass of orange juice and bv would be back. I am going to insert the first one tonight with a big gob of coconut oil. I am hopeful to experience the lasting results.
[YEA] Boric acid capsules are safe and very effective at getting rid of both bv and yeast. The Humco brand of boric acid is readily available at Amazon. They have the empty gel caps too. Look at the user reviews for a wealth of information and positive reviews. One important thing for me was to use an applicator to insert the capsules. It makes using the capsules easier and I believe it makes them more effective at curing infections. My drugstore did not have any disposable vaginal applicators and it makes no sense to re-use them when you have an infection. I don't care how much soap and hot water you use, it's better to use a clean one each time. I googled "disposable vaginal applicators" and found a great website. For an active infection use one capsule at night for two weeks. You will need to wear a pad the next day because there will be a watery discharge. For prevention I use a capsule once a week.
After many episodes of struggling and suffering with infections I am grateful to sites like this one and every person who took the time to share their stories and ideas. I had a lot of anxiety along with these formerly chronic infections and I really hesitated to use boric acid suppositories. Thank God I got past the fear and discovered my cure. By the way, my naturopath did offer to give me a prescription for the suppositories at a compounding pharmacy. I make the exact same capsules myself for a fraction of the price. As a previous poster mentioned: you can search YouTube for an instructional video on making your capsules. I keep them in a Tupperware container with a tight lid. They ARE toxic to ingest so keep them far away from children and pets. Good luck and do not give up. These stupid infections can be overcome. Good health to all of you.
[YEA] I've been battling BV for over a year now and have tried many things. Two triggers are sex and my period, with my period being the worst offender. While many treatments worked temporarily, the BV always came back after my period.
Here are some things that DIDN'T work for me:
- Antibiotics - about a week of relief that was quickly ruined by my period.
- Acijel (vaginal treatment in Australia that is supposed to correct PH imbalance) - which I tried inserting for the full course of 30 nights. This didn't work even for a day, not even during the treatment!
- Yoghurt douches twice daily for 7 days - offers temporary relief of symptoms but does not last (though my friend swears by this treatment for her BV, so different strokes)
- Apple cider vinegar/water/tea tree oil douche twice daily for 7 days - again offered relief but symptoms flared up about a day after I stopped douching.
So I came back to this site and started researching again. Both the hydrogen peroxide and boric acid made me very nervous so I went to my doctor to have a chat about the safety of these two treatments and she was very positive about both and stressed that both were very safe to use vaginally. Phew!
So I came up with a new treatment plan.
First I increased my vitamin intake as follows:
- 1 x very strong probiotic daily (Blackmores fembiotic for you Aussie girls).
- 1 x vitamin c daily (sugar-free variety, pretty much pure ascorbic acid)
- 1 x folic acid 500mcg daily
- 1 x vitamin D daily
- I also took a garlic tablet daily, and while this does no harm, I'm not convinced it did anything particularly beneficial either so I stopped taking this tablet recently.
Then after my period, I started a 7-day twice daily douche of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water. I also abstained from sex for the entire 7 days.
Once I finished this regimen, I STILL did a smaller quick 50/50 douche after sex. (It burned a little one time because I think the friction of sex may have caused tiny lacerations, but I just did another quick pure water douche and the burning faded instantly.) I had absolutely no BV symptoms whatsoever for weeks!
HOWEVER, because my period had always been a trigger, I decided to be very cautious and try a two-pronged attack. So I ordered boric acid and 00 veggie capsules (just from Ebay for you Aussie girls). I researched A LOT about this and came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as medical grade boric acid - they are one and the same. So don't worry, just order the 100% boric acid. I filled the biggest side of the capsule to capacity and then just popped the small side on - it's very very simple.
On the first night of my period, I inserted 2 boric acid capsules, and then for the next 5 nights, I inserted one every night. I just wore pads as I usually do. It comes out quite watery but you don't really notice it as you have your period anyway.
I have had absolutely no symptoms. I've even had unprotected sex (we are in baby-making mode) since and I am still symptom-free. I will continue to take my vitamin regimen indefinitely (especially the probiotic) and I will do my boric acid treatment for the next 3 periods (4 in total). Fingers crossed that all is healed!
I will definitely come back and give an update after the 4 months are up. PLEASE check back in girls as we all want to know if these cures are long term or temporary.