Bacterial Vaginosis
Natural Remedies

Boric Acid Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis

Jun 28, 2017

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 Jude (Seattle, Washington) on 05/13/2017
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I would like to share a remedy for bacterial vaginosis. First of all, I have found it to be correlated with Candida, so reducing sugar in the diet and using candida supplements have really helped prevent recurrences. But for treatment and remedy, the very best thing I have found is boric acid. The best way I've found to apply it is to get an empty gelcap and fill it with boric acid and use like a vaginal suppository. For me this usually eliminates any symptoms within a few hours. The only caution I would give is to make sure to carefully label both the original bottle and any prepared capsules as poison for safety because it is a toxic substance if eaten. I also would recommend keeping it out of the reach of any small children.

Best wishes to others and I hope this is helpful!

Posted by Carmel Skin Beauty (St Louis Il) on 05/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

After going to the doctor millions of time being prescribed creams, gel, antibodies. Trying home remedies douching with hydrogen peroxide, ACV, Betadine etc. My yeast and bv kept coming right back. Those things would clear it in a few days but it would rear it's nasty head again. My last resort was boric acid pills I was so scared to purchase them and when they finally came I'm like I dont know if I want to put roach killer in me but I was desperate and tried everything else. Well let me just say they have been a life saver. Ladies Please try them I had been suffering from BV for 3 years and I finally found something that has gotten rid of it. Insert one at night. Wear panty liners the next day because it will run out of you. Do this for 7 days.

Posted by Sue (California) on 04/14/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Question: I've battled with chronic BV for 8 years not knowing until recently what it was. Now I have a proper diagnosis and am treating it with Boric Acid. I've been inserting one homemade 600mg capsule before bed for the past 7 nights. The odor is completely gone. However, the discharge is still present in a pretty heavy amount. It is thin and clear to slightly milky. I'm curious if this is a stage of healing or if I need to up my dose and frequency. I'm elated that the odor is gone, but would love to completely eradicate the discharge. Any personal experience or feedback would be much appreciated.

Replied by Sim
Culver City

Sue, do you have an IUD? Copper IUD's can give up the smell and watery discharge.

Replied by Nicole

Hi Sue! I am on the same treatment, 600mg every night for 14 days. The extra discharge is normal. My doctor warned me that I would need to wear panty liners while on the treatment because the discharge can be fairly heavy. I usually have to relieve myself to the restroom a couple times a day to just kind of dry myself up. Good luck :)

Replied by Rk590

I have had BV for around 3 months. I don't know how you women have dealt with it for years. It is the most uncomfortable thing in the world. Not to mention, it makes me feel like I'm not keeping myself "clean". But I am! Doing everything the Dr. says. Only cleaning with water, baking soda baths, I've been on 4 medications. The doctor prescribed me boric acid suppositories and I am praying they work. Just started tonight. Seems like there is a lot of success so fingers crossed. Good luck, ladies!

Replied by Trish

My roommate went to her doctor and she got boric acid suppositories to use for 14 days and cream triamcinolone 0.1 %CR. for her chronic and uncomfortable BV. It worked well but the 14 boric acid capsules cost 58.00 and the cream was expensive too. I have the same issue so I bought a bottle of boric acid powder and 00 size empty gel caps. I got 6oz of boric acid for 7.50 and 300 caps for 7.00. I use vagisil cream for the itching and summers eve cleaning wash every day (I have a bidet which helps). All my problems resolved. So did my roommate's. Hers has returned so I made her more boric acid suppositories tonight. It really does the trick!

Replied by Rachell
North Carolina

did boric acid work for u?

Posted by Sophie (Sydney) on 02/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Cured! After one year of suffering bv and a countless number of trips to the doctor. Prescription after prescription of antibiotics that only worked while I was taking them. The bv would return two days after stopping the course. I was prescribed boric acid 1 * 600mg capsule inserted at night for two weeks. To be honest I was a little unsure about using it but I would have tried just about anything to get rid of bv. I also inserted a vaginal health probiotic morning and night. I ingested two probiotics at breakfast. One for vaginal health the other an immune booster. I also started taking a multivitamin that helps to support a healthy female reproductive system. I made sure to eat well to support my immune system.

After two days of boric acid the symptoms were gone. After two weeks I finished the course and continued with the probiotics regime for a further two weeks. I'm just over one month free of bv. If you're reading this and suffering from bv I know your pain and I urge you to try this. You won't regret it. X

Posted by Debbie (California ) on 02/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I know a cure. It worked for me. Boric Acid. Put into vegan empty capsules and insert 2 into vagina at night for one week. If the odor is not gone continue use of pills filled with Boric Acid. Then buy some Neem powder and put into empty capsules. Take one capsule once a day in the morning is good. The Neem powder will prevent the BVD from coming back. Do this it cured me!! ☺

Replied by Cp
St Thomas, Vi

Very interesting ..I thought the Boric acid was dangerous...I guess not 😊

Posted by Keke (Nashville, Tn) on 01/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have had BV for at least 6 months, and have used a prescription treatment recommended by two doctors. My symptoms remained the same, a reddish brown discharge on some days and others a paler color. It occurred to me two days ago that I used Boric Acid for infection years ago, so I melted a large jar of glycerin suppositories and added 1 bottle Boric Acid. I froze this concoction, then formed back into suppositories that I insert at bedtime. The first night a large amount of reddish-brown discharge was expelled during sleep. The second night, nothing. All day today, nothing. I think the infection was expelled the first night. I should have never left my hippie roots....

Posted by Vvsvag (La, Ca) on 12/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Boric Acid will cure BV and yeast infections. The CDC has guidelines online. Your OB/GYN should be able to prescribe a regimen. You have to use the boric acid for 1 week or more to break through the vaginal film barrier then use oral metronidazole 2x daily for 7 days, and then metro gel 2x week for 6 months. I personally used the boric acid 1 night and it cleared the infection by balancing the pH down there. Then use after periods to maintain the balance. I have to douche with vinegar after sex to keep it balanced. YMMV. Too low pH=yeast too high=bv. Hope this helps. You can get the acid and gel caps size 00 at a compounding pharmacy or Amazon.

Replied by Sring15

Can anyone shed any light on being able to have sex while doing the boric acid tratements?

Posted by Susan (Vancouver) on 11/14/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was getting BV every time I had sex, well still do. I was running to the doctor or pharmacy often. I searched the internet for cures and found boric acid. It has been my life saver. I tried everything you can imagine and this works 100%. I still get BV when I haven't had sex for a while, it takes my body some time to get used to it. But it is cheap and the only thing I have found that works. I recommend it to everyone!

Replied by Luci

I have been reading alot about the use of Boric acid suppositories for chronic BV, and would like to try it, but I am concerned about my partners' health. No one mentions if boric acid is safe for my boyfriend, either when we have oral or vaginal sex. Do I douche first? Or is oral sex out? Does he have to wear a condom. Any information much appreciated!

Replied by Loni
Houston, Tx

What is the most effective or a highly recommend brand of boric acid already made suppositories to buy on Amazon? If it's better recommend to make my own capsules them what brand and dosage is the most effective or most recommended and what type of capsules should I buy to insert the boric acid vaginally? If you can give this desperate, chronic B.V. sufferer, 1st time user of over the counter remedies, woman some very detailed info and instructions for using or making these suppositories I'd be so grateful! Thanks in advance!

Replied by Sandy

If you are getting BV every time you have sex, it is likely that your partner has it and they keep giving it back to you. You & your partner should be treated at the same time, then it's not likely to come back.

Replied by Maria
New Jersey

BV is Bacterial VAGINOSIS, there is no way for a man to get this. It is not transmitted during sexual intercourse, it is an imbalance of vaginal PH.

Posted by Sandy (Parsippany) on 10/27/2016
0 out of 5 stars

Listen ladies, if boric acid sounds weird and you're afraid to try it then don't!! I tried it didn't work and I feel I had a bunch of side effects (mostly dehydration which makes sense)

and to top it off felt ridiculous I gave into the roach method.

Well I cured it last time I think the cure was being in the ocean with the salt. So I'm going to try that in a few days. Right now doing the h202 folic and acidophilus routine which has been working temporarily.

The other thing I want to say is that I went to the gyn and she said just by looking that there was something wrong. She ran some tests said they would call with my rx and never called. I got her assistant on the phone who said tests were all negative and rushed me off the phone - had no answer why doc said there was something definitely wrong. So I'd usually say go with a doctor but never again, consider yourself alone ... well you and all of us other ladies here on earthclinic. :) May the odds be ever in your favor.

Replied by A

Seriously Dr.s don't know how to deal with infections. They promise cures and make things worse. We do have to heal ourselves.

Posted by Melissa (Hamilton) on 10/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have used boric acid to treat BV successfully. I made my own suppositories out of coconut oil, probiotics and boric acid. You will melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil and add 2 tsps of boric acid and then a probiotic pill. The strength is up to you but I would get a good quality one. Try to get as much of the boric acid and probiotic to dissolve as possible. Pour into a mold. The best would be the water bottle ice molds that are long and round. There will be boric acid and probiotic left of the bottom of the measuring cup or bowl so make sure you spoon it equally among the molds. Put these in the freezer or frig. Break a stick in half and insert one half in the morning and one at night. Make sure you wear pads as you will leak. You can do this for 14 days and it should knock it out. This helps to reestablish some good bacterial while you are doing the treatment and the coconut oil is soothing and also antibacterial and antifungal.

Replied by Erin

I'm trying to better understand the best mold to use. If I understand you correctly, the water bottle ice mold that is long and round is what goes in your bottle to keep the water extra cold? That may come off as a silly question but the one I have in my freezer came filled already and then the liquid freezes but the mold does not open. I will look for one that is to be filled with water and then frozen so in this case, it can open and be used for my own suppositories; I'm just wondering how you get the molded product out of this style mold and when breaking, how much you use, twice a day? I like the combination you are using and appreciate you sharing!

Replied by Sharell

U should use it twice a day for 7 days