Bacterial Vaginosis
Natural Remedies

Boric Acid Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis

Jun 18, 2018

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 Shannon (Atlanta) on 04/06/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Boric Acid for BV:

So this is my second week using suppositories and my experience...

After Day 1 I noticed the odor was gone.

Day 2 I noticed a lot of watery discharge flowing heavily during exercise. In my panties I noticed a white chalky substance. You will need panty liners if you care about your undies.

Day 3 I had intercourse, which is not suggested while healing the vag bag but I hadn't seen him in two weeks and we'll... Ya know how it is but he fine. No irritation for him. But I suggest no sex til regimen is completed.

Here in my second week I've missed a couple nights and unfortunately I did notice a faint odor probably due to the sex before finishing. So I'm going strong from here on out. Probably will do another week of one dose before bed, just to be sure.

After I'm done I plan to use a seven day cream to completely clear up yeast.

So for me... No bleeding, itching or burning so far.

Again avoid sex and be try to be consistent. Use a probiotic supplement and try to eat a clean diet.

Will write again in a week.

Good luck loveys

Replied by Courtney
Philadelphia, Pa

I am about to try the boric acid but my boyfriend and I are going away and I'm worried we won't be able to be intimate .. How long would I have to wait if I take one a night until this weekend? I have no other signs other than an odor that went away for over a month after taking a probiotic every day like my dr suggested .. Now the odor is back!!

Posted by Michelle (Ca) on 03/11/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I've been dealing with BV for a while now and At first I was nervous but I decided to give Boric Acid a try. I am SO glad I did! My bv symptoms went away day 1! I decided to use them for 5 days and OMG I haven't had any signs of BV. Inserted 1 pill at night. There was a little discharge in the mornings but it was from the pills and smelled acidy. I'm hoping to stay BV free but I know what to take if symptoms come back.

Posted by Sara (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 02/12/2018
2 out of 5 stars

I had my daughter in 2015 and that is when I got BV for the first time. She was under a year, but I don't recall how many months she was. My symptoms were the yellow/cloudy discharge (often throughout the day) and the fish like smell. I was working at a doctors office at the time and one of the NP's was nice enough to give me an RX for a yeast infection because that was what I thought I had. When it didn't go away she gave me another RX and it still didn't go away so I decided to see my gyno. They tested me for BV and it was positive so they gave me an rx. It didn't go away. I eventually went to my primary care doctor who tested me for BV, Trich, gonorrhea and chlamydia. They all came back negative which was odd. The discharge never went away, at times I feel like it was off and on but mostly on. I went to an urgent care to get tested last year and BV was positive and the doctor gave me an RX. I waited for about 7 months and went back and he told me he would test me again and gave me a diff. RX, this time it was Clyndamycin. Prior to that RX the doctors aways gave me flagyl aka metronidazole. I took the clyndamycin and it didn't go away!!! The doctor made it clear he didn't want to see me again as it was an urgent care and told me to see my gyno which I haven't done. I did research and found boric acid, I ordered it off amazon after reading great reviews. When I first took it I decided to do it for 3 days. After the first night of inserting it I woke up and had some fluid coming out of my vagina so I wore a panty liner. it wasn't discharge though, I felt NO pain or anything. It was like instant relief though, I had no more discharge and felt it was too good to be true. After the 3 days I stopped inserting the capsule before bed and for a few days I was fine until my symptoms came back. So I took 10 days off or so and decided to try boric acid for 1 week and inserted one capsule before bedtime. The same thing happened, it seemed to be gone but this time after stopping it, the BV symptoms were back the next day. idk what to do, I'm planning on trying a diet change but its so hard. This is ridiculous. It really does suck and it makes me sad. If anyone has any recommendations please respond. I am planning on possibly doing actual research on Bacteria vaginosis but have to see if my professor approves it.

Replied by Tresa

After being diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis my gynecologist gave me a prescription for metronidazole pills along with a prescription for the boric acid suppositories which I got at Walgreens pharmacy. Taking the metronidazole twice a day along with the boric acid suppositories twice a week one on Monday and one on Thursday for 6 weeks has really changed my life. No more discharge or symptoms whatsoever. I was also informed by my doctor to stop using Summer's Eve feminine wash and Vagisil feminine wash. These two items can contribute to the BV symptoms. Once I stop using those and I started using dove sensitive I have not had any problems whatsoever. So sometimes it also can be the Soaps that you're using down there that can contribute to the BV. I also changed my laundry detergent from the good smelling stuff to All Clear or Tide clear and as far as fabric softener goes I use the all clear dryer sheets. I can't say that it will work for you but it doesn't hurt to try it really helped me. Good luck

Replied by Christy

I've been taking folic acid and acidophilus for a couple months, it has helped so much but I still have a white thick discharge......and I have been going through reoccurring BV for too long and tried every thing that's out there and read every thing on the internet.

Posted by Doesntmatter (Texas) on 01/01/2018
0 out of 5 stars

Ordered the boric acid capsules 600mg. It works amazing! Only thing is my boyfriend complains it causes him to tingle, I know he's right cause sometimes after I shave and I put one up there and when it leaks it causes irritation on the outside vagina. Anyone know any other options?! A vegan Boric acid or what? This is the only thing that helps with that horrid smell!

Replied by Lindylou
Vancouver Bc

I saw an MD say in an online forum that boric acid should be fully absorbed within 12 hours, so maybe try inserting only right before bedtime/after sex, and only once per day to ensure it's absorbed with no residue. You can also freeze coconut oil into little "bullet" shapes and use them during the day and before sex to add a bit more lube and protection against the "tingle" - coconut oil is also antibacterial and can supplement the boric acid.

Replied by Natasha
Miami, Fl

Hey Lindylou, exactly how big of these coconut freeze balls? Should I cut them in half?

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! )

Replied by Nena
Los Angeles, Ca

Hi, how many days do have to wait to have sex???

Posted by Lhnguyen (Vancouver, Bc) on 08/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars


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.