Boric Acid Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis

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Posted by Maria (Miami, Fl) on 07/11/2013
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hello, I have been dealing with BV for almost 8 months now. I found out I had it because of a fishy smell I noticed (it was my only symptom). I was scared to death because I had never had anything like it before, and I have always been very clean. I have only had 2 sexual partners my whole life, and the BV started with the second partner, which is my current boyfriend (The BV started about 3 months after we started having unprotected sex)...

I went to the doctor and she prescribed me metronidazole... This cured me after the 3rd pill, but only for a short period of time. The BV was back 2 weeks later! I went and got another round of antibiotics, which I hate to take because I also take birth control pills which stop working with antibiotics.... Anyways, the same thing happened again- I got the BV a few days after I was done with the 2nd round of antibiotics. I also used the R------ gel, but that is just a temporary solution and super expensive. After that I decided to look for an alternative cure. I read for hours and hours on online forums to find another method to cure the BV... I tried a lot of them, including the Hydrogen Peroxide douches, taking vitamins (acidophilus) etc. , but the best one has been the Boric Acid pills, which I make myself (I fill the capsules and insert them).

I am so tired of inserting these pills due to the BV, but it is the only thing that seems to work, at least temporarily... And the discharge and smell of them is not pretty either, I hate it. I always have the white discharge from the pills and I hate the smell. I noticed the BV gets worse with my period. If I do not have and I get my period if comes back with it. However, I do not insert any boric acid pills during the days I have my period, just to give my body a rest from the pills. I am concerned about my future if I keep doing this, will it affect my reproductive system? Is there any permanent cure for BV? Please help me, I am so desperate!!! I am only 25 and look forward to having kids in a few years, but I don't know what the consequences will be if I keep inserting these pills... I don't know what to do anymore, it is not only uncomfortable, but also embarrassing : /

Replied by Adc
Phoenix, Az

To Maria with recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis - you will likely be doing yourself a huge favor to resume condom usage! Use them, use them, use them! 2 things, or both, could be occurring here - (1) you and your partner keep passing the bacteria back and forth, leaving your body constantly compromised, and/or (2) your own vaginal wetness (in response to sexual stimulation) plus your partners' sperm results in excess moisture that does not leave the body quickly enough, creating the ideal conditions for BV to thrive. Once I became a condom advocate in my own bed (including with my committed partner), I never again had an intercourse-related infection. Just one infection in many, many years and that was related to antibiotic use, not sexual activity.

Now, I'm sure all the men out there reading this are not at all pleased with that sugggestion, but, really, no one should have to suffer medical ailments from having sex - planned pregnancy aside.

At the minimum, experiment: abstain from sex for a few weeks while treating the BV to allow your body to fully recover, then reintroduce sex with condoms ... See if the results are favorable. Good luck!

Posted by Jennifer (Houston, Tx) on 06/27/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Boric acid is a God send. I have ridiculous, recurrent BV. Thankfully, I discovered boric acid after a favorite remedy changed the formula for their suppository. I was desperate and found the boric acid remedy on this forum. I haven't taken antibiotics for BV in six years, but I've had it several times a year since then. A few days' worth of suppositories and it is seriously gone until I commit the ultimate vaginal sin of semen in the vagina.

Posted by Natalie (Miami, Fl) on 06/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I never post any reviews or comments on anything, but in this situation I had to express my RELIEF and HAPPINESS from these miraculous results. I am 23 years old and I have been suffering from chronic vaginal yeast and BV since I was 19. I went through countless OTC medications and doctor prescriptions that never worked. The weird part was that I never had any odor, only the clumpy discharge and discomfort during sex. Regardless, it was still embarrassing and it was definitely affecting my sex life with my boyfriend. I was beginning to feel depressed and hopeless as I thought I would never find a cure for this. After extensive research, I came across this recipe which I encourage all of you to try, as it cured me after only ONE use!

- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 teaspoons Boric Acid
- Acidophilus Probiotic capsules
- Ice stick/cube mold tray

1. Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in the microwave.

2. Mix in 2 teaspoons of boric acid powder. Stir thoroughly.

3. Add as many acidophilus probiotic capsules as you like by opening them up and releasing the powder into the mix.

4. Pour the mix into the ice tray filling each mold. Put in freezer until solid.

5. When ready to place in vagina, cut the stick/cube in half (a whole one is too big).

6. Insert in vagina for as many days as desired in the PM (AM is optional). Most likely, the discharge will be gone after just one use. The coconut oil serves as a soothing and lubricating factor in the mix, as the boric acid alone might cause irritation. The acidophilus probiotic restores the body's natural flora. The boric acid kills yeast and restores the vagina's pH balance. This has worked wonders for me and I am so happy I came across the boric acid remedy. I hope this recipe is helpful for all you ladies in need of a cure. The answer is finally here!

Replied by Marie

How often do you use them? What is your routine? Thanks!

Replied by Bbfield
Northern Ca., US

How big are these little cold pressed pieces when you use them?

Posted by Tiffer137 (Utica, NY, United States) on 04/09/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I just want to say that I have felt the embarrassment and stress of suffering from recurring bacterial infections like all of you women on this site. For years, the infections would come and go as they pleased. For about a year now, they have faithfully came every time I have intercourse with my boyfriend and he ejaculates inside me. I have had my gyno prescribe the metro gel over and over and gotten tested for STD's and the whole works. We have resorted to him pulling out so I don't get infections, but sometimes in the heat of the moment it doesn't always work that way. I am glad I finally found this site. I tried the hydrogen peroxide douches with taking acidophilus for a few months, and the infection always came back. Then I saw the posts about boric acid. I am so glad I went forward with it. I bought the powder and gel capsules off amazon, and I took other women's advice about mixing the powder with an oil, and I had some vitamin E oil sitting around. Inserting one boric acid/vitamin E capsule after a slip-up and at the end of my period works wonders. My vagina stays fresh and I don't have to worry about the embarrassing discharge and odor! Thanks fellow sufferers!

Replied by Snottsdale Bratt

Doing extensive research for my own BV prognosis, but I can no longer bite my tongue regarding two topics within this thread...

I. I have only recently been having this issue, brought on by the life-threatening necessity of taking antibiotics for a tooth that got impacted/infected a few months back. Unless my life is at stake, I will not use antibiotics. And doctors are so eager to issue them these days (& even for as little as a common cold! ), & in most cases, without even testing past taking your temperature &/or looking down your throat. The dispensing of these cell-murdering warriors has gotten far out of control, while doctors everywhere prescribe them like candy. Fact: it takes the human body one full year to recover from the damage antibiotics do to its cells... unlike natural garlic (an antibacterial, anti-fungal, safe alternative/remedy), which enters the body & kills only the defective, diseased, or infected cells, leaving the healthy ones in tact for reproduction. Antibiotics know no difference in cell tissue as being healthy or defective, so in ambush it kills them all. But in situations of infection & puss poisoning the blood-stream, this is a time calling for an antibiotic, STAT... I would have died otherwise. But THE WORST thing one can do when taking these meds, is NOT TO FINISH THE ENTIRE PRESCRIBED DOSAGE, as it will leave your immunity more vulnerable than ever, not to mention it interferes with the strain's ability to combat its enemy... dangerous for us all, ultimately.

Anyway, so here I am & I thank all of you for reporting on your status, trials, & errors, as I now understand how to address this issue. And Miami Natalie, I will be using your advised treatment recipe, as this is ingenious, covering all the components of BV issues. Thank you!


2. Striving to become pregnant is THE ONLY time you should allow semen inside your ever-so-fragile-and-delicate "holy-ground"! Think about it... would you eat a steak if you wore metal dental-braces, & then not brush your teeth indefinitely? Absolutely not... that steak would spoil rotten & thrive on the dark, warm, wet breeding conditions inside your mouth, creating an army of bacteria accompanied by the smell of decaying death & disease! Our vagina (I guess that's the plural form too...) are constructed of folds & small pockets, which is anything but the architecture of a straight line, & this spewed body gets trapped up in the pockets & folds of our intricately-balanced orifice, at the VERY LEAST, creating an odor they must be referring to on those Masengil not-so-fresh-feeling commercials (& again, douching is harmful to the flora)! We don't inject anything in there & leave it... so then why would we allow the intrusion of perishable, foreign body fluids, whose fate is to die & decay, within such a prime real-estate location??? Oh He, One who may find this to be a problem, doesn't have to deal with the repair necessary after the demolition & natural destruction they've invoked. And do they REALLY want to withstand anything other than a "scent" coming from us, vs an "odor"???

Posted by Cindy Lou (Portland, Or) on 10/21/2012

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!

Posted by Pam (La, California) on 10/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!!

Posted by Shannon (Tucson, Az) on 10/09/2012

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!!

Posted by Kyla (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/31/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I totally feel for you all! I too have suffered from BV on and off for two years... My doc started prescribing me with boric acid vaginal suppositories and I haven't had any re occurrences in about 6 months. Now I've weaned myself off often to give my body a change to Balance itself. My best advise is first get the antibiotics from the doc. Then start the boric acid once you'd finished the meds. NO Sex. Give your body some time at least 7 days... Once you start having intercourse, I rec taking the boric after intercourse. Plenty of water, and stay away fr starches and sugars, and perfumes. A use water only to wash your bottom when showering(no towel), and start taking acidophillis, it works. Idk if unprotected sex causes bv more, I think it can ESP if your parter has the bacteria. Me and my boyfriend use condoms and I've always used condoms w my partners but still manage to get bv :-( I hope this helps you guys. Stay positive.

Posted by Reallywantasolution (San Diego, Ca) on 07/26/2012

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?

Replied by Pedro
Sao Paulo, Brazil

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!

Posted by Missy (Baltimore, Md) on 05/19/2012

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.

Replied by Barker
Salt Lake, Ut

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.

Replied by Wanthealth
Austin, Tx, Us
5 out of 5 stars

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 headsÖand 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!

Replied by Maggs
Anaheim, Ca

So there are already made pills of boric acid that can be prescribed by a doctor?

Replied by Nic
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 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.

Replied by Jennifer
Los Angeles

I hope you're still monitoring this post! Can you please let me know which lubrication you use? I'm so afraid to use any lube because I don't want it to bring on a BV infection. I've been suffering with BV for about 20 years -- whenever I'm sexually active; but now that I'm in my mid-40's I get a BV infection with every period. I'm absolutely at my wit's end. I just started the boric acid last night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Thank you.