Bacterial Vaginosis
Natural Remedies

Boric Acid Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis

Nov 13, 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 Heatherann (Chicago) on 08/31/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Boric acid worked wonders for me. First store bought with little results, then homemade with little/temporary results. The only thing that cleared it up for me was I stopped having sex with my partner for two-three weeks with a nightly treatment of the boric acid. Will continue to use the boric acid after my period and after unprotected sex with my partner. (To be specific I ordered boric acid off Amazon and size 0 gel capsules) Also, to note I've had BV in the past and was able to clear it up with a Peroxide douche, but I have a copper IUD now and feel like it made it harder to ditch the infection.

Replied by Niki

I have been dealing with BV for 4 years now and it will not go away. I have tried pills, gel, douche, and etc. Boric acid was the only thing that I have used that has help the smell. You said " homemade" how did you make it? Please Please Help.

Posted by Lan Ng (Vancouver, Bc) on 08/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was prescribed boric acid every night before I sleep for 7 days and then whenever I feel symptoms after that. I have continuously been inserting every 3-4 days (twice a week) and I have been symptom free for 3 months now. Remember to wear a panty liner because you get a lot of watery discharge, which is all the bad stuff coming out along with the Boric Acid. You will also get some odorless discharge the following day, just wipe.

(I have had BV/Yeast for 2 years and I am so happy I found a cure that actually, without a doubt, works! )

Posted by Lhnguyen (Vancouver, Bc) on 08/10/2017
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I went to so many doctors for about 2 years, trying out different home remedies and also trying antibiotics. I believe I was diagnosed incorrectly at first as UTI, and got prescribed antibiotics. I was later then told the those meds make you prone to BV and Yeast.. Then begins my horrible nightmare for two years.

I had it recurring every month before my period; one week of yeast, next week BV, then my period with BV. At this point, I would have gone to my doctor and got antibiotics, so I would have one week that is good and then the cycle starts again. I thought it was the birth control I was taking so I switched, I eventually got my IUD done and the doctor advised me it is not good to take antibiotics to cure it. Advised to try some remedies she recommended, it did not work.

Anyways, I finally saw a doctor recently and she prescribed me BORIC ACID. I looked into it and kind of freaked me out because I read it is poisonous, and also used to kill mouse sometimes. But I also read it CURES, as what I call it, THE BROKEN VAGINA. LADIES, get Boric Acid prescribed or buy it online and pack it yourself (size 0 capsules). I used it everyday for 7 days initially and now I insert it twice a week (every 3-4 days) before I sleep. I have been good for about a month and a half, no symptoms at all. I also started taking women's probiotics 3 times a day, not sure if it has helped but I am afraid to stop taking it.


Posted by Jude (Seattle, Washington) on 05/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kar
New York


I'm also suffered from BV for months now and nothing has helped as well including antibiotics and all other things you can think of. I've just started doing boric acid supplements and its my second day. I've not gotten any discharge or odor after I started using it. However, I still have itchiness going on. Do you remember when did the all the symptoms started clearing up?

Today is my second day doing two boric acid suppositories one in the morning and the other one in the evening. I plan on doing it for two weeks.

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?

Replied by Sooverthis

Doing the boric acid capsules 10 days.. No discharge until I stop, then it returns... Suggestions???

Replied by Lan
Vancouver, Bc

Insert boric acid before bed for 7 days and then continue to everyone 3-4 days (twice a week) that should keep symptoms away.

Replied by Errin
Glendale, Ca

8 years of battling is very concerning as it can have serious affects on your body. I hope you are seeing a professional OBGYN at this point. Boric acid is extremely effective but since you have been battling for years it is common for this to have progressed into the inner walls on your cervix. I would definitely address this seriously as this is way too long to be occurring.

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?