105 User Reviews
Boric Acid for Bacterial Vaginosis
Use 100% Boric Acid from the store. make sure it's pure, no other additives. Use an applicator from another vaginal product. I used the applicators from a previous yeast infection creme. Just wash in HOT water and soap, or a little bleach if you want. What ever you use, make sure that you rise the applicators well and let dry. Fill the applicators, then insert. Wear a mini-pad there might be some discharge. It takes a few days, no more than a week. You can also use this to keep fresh and for yeast infections. There should not be any irritation. GOOD LUCK!!
(New York City, Ny)
I have been suffering with BV for 10 years (on and off). After reading posts about Boric Acid I decided to try this remedy out of desperation. Nothing else has worked for longer than 2 weeks. Boric Acid can be purchased for 1.00 at most dollar stores. I make my own capsules. Initially I used 2x per day for 14 days. After day 1 the odor was gone. I use one capsule after intercourse and a capsule each night of my menstrual cycle. I have been symptom free for one year. It is like a miracle.
This is Mandy from NY, I wrote here before, I went back to the doctor and she gave me flagyl again, I said look, there has to be something esle I can do, I asked her about boric acid, she said it is effective, though my insurance does not cover, I said give it to me, I pick it up tomorrow, Im so desperate, Im tired of being sad and lonely and smell like ffish and have classmates laugh and talk about me, I'm not a dirty woman, I clean my vag but this bv wants to stay, get the hell out of here already, Im screwed to use boric acid, but I'm at my wits end, I have no choice, I start tomorrow night, I will write back on Monday, please wish me luck, it has been 7 nasty years, and I want to get intimate with my new man( I have not yet:((() fingers crossed...
omg I read every last post on here and I've been dealing with bv since 2007 and I thought I was in this bubble by myself. I will get cured and then it's back again I thought it was my bf giving it back to me but they say its not sexually transmitted okay so why its coming back? But now I see where others have reoccurence, my dr told me about the boric acid so now I'm taking these capsules. I went and got a prescription filled and I see where you can make your own. I'm so gonna keep some handy, close by I just hope others find this site or dr talk to their patients more about this...... Back to normal- I feel so fresh.
This is Mandy again. I took the boric acid on saturday, it is now, Tuesday, for the first time I have no smell, I was in class today and was able to get up and go back and forth to the printer without the smell of fish coming from me, I was so happy, I swear I hope this last, I pick up my re fill this saturday, I will be back to let you know, I have tried everything and this was my last resort, Ai will be back here Friday...... I tell you one day seems like a lifetime!!!
I am 54, divorced 4 and a half years and finally had sex about a month ago. Yes you guessed it...my first bout of BV ever! All the symptoms but luckily no odor.
I am curious about the boric acid. Where do you buy it? Is it a prescription? Is it granular? 'I already take probiotics so I am wondering if I need to increase the amount i take. Can one insert an oral probiotic capsule directly into the vagina?
I read last night to try a shallow bath with some tea tree oil. I put some on a wet washcloth and applied directly to my labia...it stung at first, but I must say.... no itching last night. (I've found that the itching is MUCH worse at night)
In addition, my gyno suggested trying to sleep with no undies on and to try to keep the area "aired out" whenever possible.
(Yucca Valley, Ca)
I saw the following post at Yahoo Answers about boric acid suppositories/capsules and thought it was worth posting here:
You will find that you have increased watery discharge throughout treatment, so it's advisable to wear a panty liner or sanitary napkin on days when you're using the capsules. 2cap/day for 7 days is excellent and should resolve the problem entirely. You should notice changes within 2 days, stick with the treatment for a full course, though.
I would advise against intercourse while you're undergoing treatment, because it may irritate sensitive tissues for both of you. There wouldnt be a significant impact on the efficacy of the sponge, but the micro-tears that can happen in vaginal tissue during intercourse could increase the amount of boric acid absorbed, which is a bad thing. (You're not looking to absorb it, you're looking to have an immediate and direct effect on the local bacteria. )
Once you're done the boric acid treatment, it is a good idea to do a single course of probiotics. Look for a product that contains a blend of strains, but be sure that it contains L. Caseii (the predominant "good bacteria" in healthy vaginal flora. ) 9-12 billion CFU should be sufficient - take them orally, 2 cap/day away from food. And if you choose, you could also insert 1 cap/day as a vaginal suppository for 3-4 days.
if anyone can find an apothecary type pharmacy in your town, request boric acid suppositories...my gyno in college reccomended this-i freaked when she told me about it-i thought who in the world would put something like that down there...i did some research and years later i was brave(and desperate) enough to try it...it worked! they are a little costly-about $25 for 20 or 24 i think...but they work well-id use them 2 or 3 times a week(insert vaginally at bedtime-and wear a pantyliner for leakage)...and using the boric acid supp. in conjunction with acidophlus pills work really well!!! now, im new to Greensboro, so, i am looking to locate an apothecary asap! most regular pharmacies dont make the supps...
(High Point, North Carolina)
If you haven't found a pharmacy yet, there is one in High Point called McLarty Drug on Church Street (off of N. Main Street). A real pharmacist that can actually mix compounds runs the place. I have purchased 600mg boric acid capsules from this drug store (I have a prescription). I got 60 capsules for $27.00. Hope this information helps.
This is in response to some women questioning whether BV gets totally cured with acidophilus, and why you would need to continue taking the treatment. I have read extensively about BV and you may not like it but the truth is that every person is different and our bodies work differently. So you have to find out what works for YOU and YOUR BODY. Also, each man's body chemistry will be different from another man's. Just like women's bodies are different, the level of acidity in men's sperm varies greatly from person to person. So the level of acidity in your partner's sperm may very well be aggravating your sensitive vagina! Also, the acidity in sperm can also change depending on their diet. Boric acid vaginal suppositories also work very well for BV. I was married for a long time and never had any problems or any BV. But a few years after we broke up, and several sexual partners later, I started having problems with BV and it didn't stop for years and years. I would make the same rounds everyone has going back and forth to the Drs. DAMN it gets OLD! and you know its not good for your body to keep taking antibiotics. But what other choice did most of us have if thats what your Dr says you need to do and you dont realize there are alternatives? Well I moved to Portland, OR which you know is a very progressive and liberal city. So many people are into alternative medicine and lifestyles. Its like a way of life for most people living there. Anyway, I got BV again! and did not have health coverage at the time, so I went to planned parenthood. They gave me a sheet with information on BV which most of which I'd read tons of times before. But on the back it listed a home remedy, for women predisposed to BV, which was to make boric acid vaginal suppositories and insert one every night before going to bed, will usually prevents BV in most women. This changed my life, literally! I went to a health food store and purchased all vegetable material, natural capsules. So it will not hurt you and you dont have to remove any leftover material or worry about it cuz they just dissolve inside your vagina. I also was able to buy a bottle of powdered boric acid at Long's, just over the counter. If you cannot find it, ask the pharmacist, they know where everything is, even out on the shelves. Then you pour some of the powder into a small cup or bowl, open a capsule holding one half in each hand, and scoop them through the powder, towards each other. Filling up the capsules with powder, then close the capsule. roll it between your palms to remove excess powder. I buy the supplies which is definitely less than $10. and Ill make a bunch of them. I keep them in a little jar in my medicine cabinet. I do not take one every night, but I know RIGHT AWAY when my vagina is not feeling fresh, I will treat myself right away and nip it in the bud before it gets bad! Ill insert 1-2 capsules, in the morning at noon and at night. This always cures it right away. The only downside is about 6 hrs after insertion, I have a GUSH! of watery discharge. So much that you literally need to have a tampon or pad in place or your pants will get wet. But I have found this works amazingly. I dont have to take something every day and I suffered from it for so long that like I said I know right away when somethings not right. My finace even knows about them. He thought it was a little weird at first but as soon as he realized how good they work, he's just glad I have a safe and easy home remedy that I can treat myself as often as I want without an expensive trip to the Drs and endless rounds of antibiotics. Anyway, reading that the level of acidity in men's semen can vary depending on diet made me think that it was only logical that our bodies being out of balance is most likely tied to our overall health. Im sure that being a healthy weight and exercise as well as diet will affect our bodies, vajayjays and immune system overall. Something to think about. Thank you to everyone who posted here! Forgot to mention that my 16 yr old daughter is suffering from recurring vaginal infections. She is not sexually active yet, but you know im not surprised because she had constant yeast infections when she was a baby. She is having yeast infections and one UTI already and recurring urinary tract pain and an itchy vulva. I have her currently treating herself with boric acid suppositories and it has helped A LOT and given her a lot of relief. But the itching and urinary tract pain did not go away. She was living with her dad for a little while which is why this went on for a while without me overseeing her treatment. But she is back with me so Ive been treating her with natural remedies and she is open to home remedies cuz she doesnt want to keep going to the Dr and she said the meds they prescribed didn't work anyway cuz the infection just kept coming back! Anyway, I finally broke down and took her to a Dr and they tested her for STDs without my permission!! They didnt even tell me, they spoke to her about it! anyway, all her tests came back negative, so I dont know what is going on or why she is getting itchiness and urinary tract pain.But I am going to buy acidophilus & folic acid tomorrow and start treating her. Hopefully this will be the cure we're looking for for her! Thanks again to everyone for sharing your stories!
Using Boric Acid for BV. Use only half a capsual full twice a day for 2 weeks to 1 month. I have BV real bad so I used it for 1 month but I also took an antibiontic which I shouldn't have. Now I need to waite 2 weeks before I can start my 1 month Boric Acid treatment. It's important that I waite 2 weeks before starting again and It's important that I take no antibionics while on my treatment. If I do, I won't get rid of my BV and eventualy hurt my body over time. If you feel a bladder infection coming on take a few swings of Apple Cider Vinger 3 times a day for 3 days and your systems should go away. No more than a half a capsual full either. Too much to fast don't work and what your body don't use will run out and too much to fast is not good for your body. Now after your BV goes away you can Still use the Boric Acid to help keep your ph in check by useing 1 half of a capsual full 2 times a week for up to 6 months to a year. My 2 weeks of waiting starts today and 14 days is gonna b long and hard for me but i do want to get better and rid of BV. Good luck to you all and I will be back intouch when my 1 month treatment is all said and done. Remember all of what I wrote so you don't screw up like i did. Smile always.
(Los Angeles, Ca)
Hi Patricia - I was checking to see if the Boric Acid suppositories are still working for you? I have been struggling with BV for a year, countless doctor's visits and prescribed antibiotics, trying home remedies, i.e., folic acid, probiotics, etc and still get this awful discharge! It's irritating both in the mental and physical sense!!! I am going to try the Boric Acid supp. I pray it works for me too!
(Sandusky , Ohio)
The key to Boric acid really working for me is to use it along with the tea tree oil suppositories that I use. I fill a :00: capsule with 5 drops tea tree oil and the rest castor oil, and insert along with the boric acid capsule overnight for 3 to 7 night. One of each. Its so much better than just using the boric acid on its own.
I'm not one to sleep around, but every time I have sex with a guy (protected, of course) I get a yeast infection. So it's been two guys in 6 months and the Doctor is hauling me in for yet ANOTHER culture so I can get a scrip to get rid of the damn yeast infection. I did a monistat 1 a week ago and the itching is gone, but the discharge remains. I went in yesterday.
This one's new: I have been prescribed Boric Acid Suppositories by my Dr and she's looking into my pH, blood sugar, etc. She has also prescribed L. Acidopholus to get my healthy bacteria back in line. I'm all good with this, but I have one question:
Yesterday was the first day of my period, I only use tampons. Is it correct to use the suppositories while using tampons during your period, or should I wait until period ends to start the scrip? I'll be calling the doc and plan to report back, but it's a valid question in the mean time. It would suck to spend $$ on it just to have a tampon soak it all up and have zero results. Hopefully someone has this answer.
People have talked about inserting tampons to hold their solutions "in. " Since tampons are meant to absorb fluids, I question this decision, except when there is a fluid response great enough to warrant such measures. I don't mean to question these practices critically, especially when I can't stand having gooey, mushy, smelly parts in my pants; but if the meds will do better while I put up with goo and mush, vs. Clean, tampon-use, I choose better meds. I just want it gone.
Thanks for your consideration.
Another Susan from Chicago.
Remedy: Boric Acid.
Ailment: Bacterial Vaginosis
Boric acid capsules will help heal this problem. You can buy the boric acid at a pharmacy, along with gel capsules. You can fill them yourself. Take a piece of paper, dump out the boric acid and fill them up. Each capsule, medium size, will hold a maximum of 500mg, which is safe to use as a suppository twice a day. This is not for oral consumption. I've been told to do this twice a day for 30 days, and my BV is gone.
And I've tried everything practically, folic acid, Flagyl, any type of prescription for BC a doctor can give you.
There is a plastic applicator you can buy to put the capsule in to place in your vagina. Best remedy for me. Thank you.
I have had BV for 4 months now. I have tried everything... peroxide douch, folic acid, acidophilus, plus that terrible flagyl that makes your food taste like metal. I have found a doctor that struggles with BV and her words of wisdom is BORIC ACID. I have been taking it for 7 days and feel so much better. I still have another week to go. I'll keep you posted.
Also,I found a website on how to make your own Boric Acid capsules at http://community.livejournal.com/vaginapagina/4554521.html
I did not make my own. I had a prescription. I just wanted everybody to be aware of another alternative BORIC ACID.
I am not really writing about acidophilus. But I do know this go to like cvs or walgreens and pick up boric acid from behind the counter in the pharmacy. Make sure it is the powder one and not the pills. While taking a shower get like a quater size of powder add a little water and insert in your vagina. It kills bacteria. Do this everyday until you see or smell no signs of bv. Also take 1 dan active immunity yogurt a day. It contains lactobicilus (sp) good bacteria in what you will need. Also ladies the finger wipe is good. Get some soap (dove preferrably) On one finger and insert it into your vajayjay. This is like a finger bathe for your vajayjay. I have had bv for 4 years.
(Swink, Colorado, United States)
Don't ever stick soap directly into your vagina, it kills good bacteria, which is what is causing the bv in the first place
Boric acid really works to prevent bacterial vaginosis. Just insert one 600mg capsule half full before bedtime and the odor is gone.
Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies: HELP!!!! Where in the world would I get Boric Acid from? I looked here at the BX and the Commisary and neither one of these places have it. Since we are overseas, I wouldn't know where else to look. I bought Folic Acid, Acidophilus, Aspirin and Hydrogen Peroxide tonight and I will begin trying these remedies as I have fought with BV for years and I've about had it! I'm getting desperate for anything to work at this point. I will listen to anything! Any feedback is great! Thank you! ~Tonya
(Wixom, Michigan, United States)
FYI - C-Boric acid capsules are now being prescribed by Gynecologists specializing in BV. It had previously been "an oldie but goodie" cure used for recurrent yeast infections (particularly in diabetic patients unable to take azole drugs). The pharmacist explained to me that it actually works to kill both yeast and bacteria (if used until the infection is completely gone) because nothing can live in boric acid for very long.