I want to thank everyone here for sharing their stories and successes with battling BV. I've suffered from intermittent episodes for over 12 years. For the past year, I've used boric acid capsules and I have never felt more confident and FRESH! I ordered the H*** brand off Amazon and picked up the capsules from Earth Fare (although these can be bought online too). I fill the '00' capsules myself and insert them immediately after sex, which is when my vaginal acidity is most off, and at least once a week. I will also insert a capsule during and after my menses.
When I first started, I used one capsule every day for one week, and then dropped to one a week or post sex and menses.
This is truly a big YEA for me, but you should also supplement with acidophilus pills and/or supplements to help your body stabilize pH!
Good luck and again, Thank You ladies for sharing on this site!
It does work to get rid of smell and just overall dirty feeling of B.V but it needs to be done on routine. I used it for a few days before my vacation in Mexico and I found that by day 3 or 4, my bv was back.
Boric acid doesnt " cure" it but it changes the bacteria from bad to good ... once it wears off, the bv is still there and the bad is still there. I'd say you need to use it every 3 days or so to maintain freshness.
I personally struggled with it for a long time too and boric acid is the only thing that works.
After MONTHS of reading, research, and skepticism and having actually bought the veggie capsules and Boric Acid (BA) from Amazon, I finally tried it. I had refills for Metronidozole oral, so I wanted to use them up first. But every other month or so, the BV would return immediately after my menses or intercourse. I can't tell you how frustrated and embarrassed I felt. I was thinking that I will have this for the rest of my life. Well, the BA capsule was finally inserted one night. The next morning I figured I would have some type of discharge or burning, so I prepared myself with a pad. Throughout the day, there was a little watery discharge - but no discomfort or burning, or anything like that. By the end of day...the foul BV odor and BV discharge was gone. This was last week Tuesday. Today (Sunday) so far, I feel squeaky clean, and still no funky odor. I am very happy with the results. It was a one time treatment, and I didn't have to set an alert on my phone to remind me to take any meds and I was able to drink alcohol. I couldn't be happier! But before I get too excited, I do want to see whether the BV will return or not. I am thinking the antibiotics was not just getting rid of the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria. So my search continues on getting my vaginal pH balance healthy and back on track without having to constantly resort to temporary relief. Any pointers? Another concern of mine is if the BA treatment could potentially cause harm in terms of fertility, or cancer?! And what if one becomes pregnant - my guess is that BA is not an option...?
Better But With Side Effects
Used boric acid for 2 days for BV. Made my own capsule. Only filled the capsule up to half the amount allowed. BV is gone but now I can't get this horrible metallic taste in my mouth to go away. It's been a week now and I'm really, really scared. Anyone else have this?
Hi, I am just wondering if Boric Acid and Borax are the same thing. Can I make pessaries out of Borax or do I need to get Boric Acid. Where is the difference.
I am having symptoms of thrush even though my swabs keep coming back clear. My vaginal area is extremely red and inflamed even though I rarely have discharge... the whole thing is a bit of a mystery to me.
I have been doing some electro dermal screening and the doctor did diagnose me with Candida Albicans so I do think it's worth me trying the Boric Acid.
So far nothing from the pharmacy nor yoghurt, tea tree etc helped. I also tried coconut and diverse other cold pressed oils, diet change etc.
The symptoms have been there for about five months now.
Better But With Side Effects
Thank you ladies for your posts. I'm encouraged. I just received my Boric Acid Rx in the mail from a local compounding pharmacy. I was not sure I would use them, even though they cost $60. They are very scary. I did some reading and saw that they can be deadly due to kidney failure if there is a cut or sore on the vagina. However, I've had candida for decades after taking antibiotics in the 70's for 3 years for my acne. I've tried everything else. I used Fluconazole 250mg on and off for years but I would drink a glass of orange juice and bv would be back. I am going to insert the first one tonight with a big gob of coconut oil. I am hopeful to experience the lasting results.
Boric acid capsules are safe and very effective at getting rid of both bv and yeast. The Humco brand of boric acid is readily available at Amazon. They have the empty gel caps too. Look at the user reviews for a wealth of information and positive reviews. One important thing for me was to use an applicator to insert the capsules. It makes using the capsules easier and I believe it makes them more effective at curing infections. My drugstore did not have any disposable vaginal applicators and it makes no sense to re-use them when you have an infection. I don't care how much soap and hot water you use, it's better to use a clean one each time. I googled "disposable vaginal applicators" and found a great website. For an active infection use one capsule at night for two weeks. You will need to wear a pad the next day because there will be a watery discharge. For prevention I use a capsule once a week.
After many episodes of struggling and suffering with infections I am grateful to sites like this one and every person who took the time to share their stories and ideas. I had a lot of anxiety along with these formerly chronic infections and I really hesitated to use boric acid suppositories. Thank God I got past the fear and discovered my cure. By the way, my naturopath did offer to give me a prescription for the suppositories at a compounding pharmacy. I make the exact same capsules myself for a fraction of the price. As a previous poster mentioned: you can search YouTube for an instructional video on making your capsules. I keep them in a Tupperware container with a tight lid. They ARE toxic to ingest so keep them far away from children and pets. Good luck and do not give up. These stupid infections can be overcome. Good health to all of you.
Des Moines, IA
I've been battling BV for over a year now and have tried many things. Two triggers are sex and my period, with my period being the worst offender. While many treatments worked temporarily, the BV always came back after my period.
Here are some things that DIDN'T work for me:
- Antibiotics - about a week of relief that was quickly ruined by my period.
- Acijel (vaginal treatment in Australia that is supposed to correct PH imbalance) - which I tried inserting for the full course of 30 nights. This didn't work even for a day, not even during the treatment!
- Yoghurt douches twice daily for 7 days - offers temporary relief of symptoms but does not last (though my friend swears by this treatment for her BV, so different strokes)
- Apple cider vinegar/water/tea tree oil douche twice daily for 7 days - again offered relief but symptoms flared up about a day after I stopped douching.
So I came back to this site and started researching again. Both the hydrogen peroxide and boric acid made me very nervous so I went to my doctor to have a chat about the safety of these two treatments and she was very positive about both and stressed that both were very safe to use vaginally. Phew!
So I came up with a new treatment plan.
First I increased my vitamin intake as follows:
- 1 x very strong probiotic daily (Blackmores fembiotic for you Aussie girls).
- 1 x vitamin c daily (sugar-free variety, pretty much pure ascorbic acid)
- 1 x folic acid 500mcg daily
- 1 x vitamin D daily
- I also took a garlic tablet daily, and while this does no harm, I'm not convinced it did anything particularly beneficial either so I stopped taking this tablet recently.
Then after my period, I started a 7-day twice daily douche of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water. I also abstained from sex for the entire 7 days.
Once I finished this regimen, I STILL did a smaller quick 50/50 douche after sex. (It burned a little one time because I think the friction of sex may have caused tiny lacerations, but I just did another quick pure water douche and the burning faded instantly.) I had absolutely no BV symptoms whatsoever for weeks!
HOWEVER, because my period had always been a trigger, I decided to be very cautious and try a two-pronged attack. So I ordered boric acid and 00 veggie capsules (just from Ebay for you Aussie girls). I researched A LOT about this and came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as medical grade boric acid - they are one and the same. So don't worry, just order the 100% boric acid. I filled the biggest side of the capsule to capacity and then just popped the small side on - it's very very simple.
On the first night of my period, I inserted 2 boric acid capsules, and then for the next 5 nights, I inserted one every night. I just wore pads as I usually do. It comes out quite watery but you don't really notice it as you have your period anyway.
I have had absolutely no symptoms. I've even had unprotected sex (we are in baby-making mode) since and I am still symptom-free. I will continue to take my vitamin regimen indefinitely (especially the probiotic) and I will do my boric acid treatment for the next 3 periods (4 in total). Fingers crossed that all is healed!
I will definitely come back and give an update after the 4 months are up. PLEASE check back in girls as we all want to know if these cures are long term or temporary.
New Castle Co
I've been suffering with BV for roughly 3 years. I know EXACTLY how I got it. I started using those cups to hold your monthly flow and left it in too long. Since it was at the very last day of my period I also had sex with my boyfriend after I'd already realized that I had that fishy order down there. From that point forward I was getting BV after every sexual encounter. I went back regularly to the doctor to get metro gel. Then the BV started coming right after every period. It was wrecking my life. After much research on this site and others, I started using hydrogen peroxide douches. That always cleared up the symptoms but it still kept coming back. I also figured that all my douching was clearing out my good bacterial which ain't good either. So I tried the boric acid capsules in my vagina. I made them myself (use Amazon to get all the materials). I started with 3 nights in a row then weekly from then out and whenever I had sex and on the last day of my period. VIOLA! While results are still early (like 3 months) I can say I've not had a recurrence and I was getting it like every 2-4 weeks depending upon my sex action. I'm keeping up with a weekly insert and see how it goes. I was fearful of using a roach killer down there but it's totally safe. No irritation just a little run off the next day or 2.
I am a very clean, border-line hygiene maniac, and so it was very bothersome for me when I started having episodes with BV after having my daughter years ago. My obgyn would prescribe a medication or suggest using plain yogurt and it would go away and stay away for months, but ALWAYS come back. One day an older lady, who was sitting next to me in the waiting room at my doctor's office, was talking to me about an ailment she had and so I felt comfortable enough to speak to her about my problem. She told me to be careful with what I take because it could destroy the good bacteria "down there". By that time, my name was called, but when I returned to walk back by the waiting room to leave, she stopped me and handed me a note that had "Boric Acid" on a piece of paper with a prescription of "You can buy them at the drug store or health food store. Insert one capsule right before bed, as far as you can once a week and you won't ever have the problem again." I can't believe how quickly it worked! I felt so much different not having that odor that next morning. I've been doing it for about 2 years now (not doing it every week anymore, but more like once every few weeks) and haven't had the problem since. This lady was heaven sent and Boric Acid really does work!