I had bacterial vaginosis off and on for several months and finally seem to be rid of it. I think it was caused by my diva cup and once by using tampons, as well as condoms with spermicide. Eventually my boyfriend and I may have been passing an infection back and forth - we're the kind that put condoms on 'later'. He was diagnosed with balantitis - pretty much the male equivalent of BV. He got treated w/ antibiotics and we're both in the clear now.
I tried so many different holistic remedies and antibiotics. Nothing worked until I stopped using condoms which I assume contained spermicide. Spermicide contains nonoxynol-9, which is a "surfactant/detergent" anddangerous to your vaginal membranes. I would rid myself of BV, then 3-4 days after having sex, it would come back. I noticed the pattern and stopped using them. I did a 12 night regimen of boric acid suppositories - 1 per night right before bed. I made them myself by buying the empty capsules and boric acid powder from a pharmacy. I filled each capsule a little more than halfway. You need to get these pills as far up as possible - the infection is in your cervix and sticking them up with your fingers does not reach the infected area. I reused an applicator from a failed attempt with VH Essentials from Rite Aid. YOU HAVE TO SANITIZE THE APPLICATOR EVERY TIME YOU USE IT - BEFORE AND AFTER TO BE SAFE. I used hydrogen peroxide to clean it.
I took probiotics during the 12 night regimen. I have stopped using tampons and definitely no more diva cup. Pads only from here on out. I stay away from wearing hose, tight pants, and only wear cotton underwear. I don't wear panties to bed anymore so my vagina can air out. I limit time in a bathing suit.
Another thing that was not helping was that I had horrible acid reflux and heartburn around that time with BV. An acidic environment is perfect for infections to take hold. If you have BV, the PH balance of your vagina is off. I felt that these went hand in hand and have since remedied both my acidic issues and BV.
I hope this information helps. BV is a terribly difficult infection to rid your body of. I got to some low points. Stick in there and don't give up.
Boric Acid Suppositories worked way beter than Flagyl, way better than MetroGel, Mertonidazole and any other prescription, it even worked bettern than cleocin. I used to suffer from BV years ago 2008 to 2012 but then it went away once I started using the Boric Acide capsules, nothing seemed to work. Then I had a baby in 2013 and I didn't have BV until 2015 and it came back with avengeance and it is driving me crazy because my hubby thinks I don't want be with him intimately, but this freaking BV makes it uncomfortable to urinate let alone have sex.
Hey girls! I'm 23 and I have been suffering from BV for almost a year. I went to the doctor SEVERAL times. Got the antibiotics and they only ever worked for a few days, then it would come right back. I tried the Hydrogen Peroxide tampon soaking and douching. When I did that it usually worked for about a week at a time. Not enough of a cure, just a short term thing. Once I was referred to an actual OB/GYN (as opposed to a general practitioner) she prescribed the boric acid suppositories.
She gave me 14. I did inserted them nightly for 10 days and used one after every sexual encounter. It was GREAT until I ran out. My doc gave me 3 refills thankfully. I realized I wasn't fully cured after the first 14 doses. I refilled them and now I only use them after sex. So far things have been going well. I'm hoping that once I use up all of the refills that I don't have to call her back up for more. Hopefully things are going back to normal. Here's hoping!! :)
(Council Bluffs Iowa)
I've had BV/yeast infection for as long as I can imagine, it started when I was a child. Now that I look back on it it could've been brought on by a swim in a lake but there's no way of knowing. anyway, it has been hell for me these past few years. I tried the other remedies to no avail and then finally decided to try the boric acid and I am COMPLETELY free. It's been almost two months now and I've had no problems whatsoever, no smell or anything!! It didn't cure my YI but I've been using ACV douche for that and it's been working. I don't see the BV ever coming back but if it does I have a lot more boric acid left. If you guys are suffering PLEASE try this, I had a pretty LONG and BAD run with BV and this is the only thing that has worked. Good luck!!
It has now been a year since my first post and I have been BV free this entire time! I wanted to check back in and lay out as clearly as possible what has worked for me.
This is what I recommend to those of you struggling with this hideous condition..
- 1. Order 100% boric acid or medical grade boric acid (it's the same thing but called different things in different places) AND 00 Veg capsules. In Australia, simply order both of these on Ebay. I believe in the US, you can ask your pharmacy to order them for you or try Amazon.
- 2. With clean hands, simply fill the larger side of the capsule with the boric acid and then use the smaller side as the lid. Make up as many as you like - they last for months and months. Store them in a glass jar in your pantry and keep capsules and all ingredients out of reach of the little ones.
- 3. Buy pads - do NOT wear tampons during this treatment.
- Start your treatment on your next period.
- On the first night of your period, (and with clean hands) insert 2 capsules just before you go to bed.
- For the next 5 nights, insert one capsule just before you go to bed.
- Do this treatment for the next 3 periods (4 periods in total).
- You may notice increased wetness as the capsules make their way out - completely normal. You may even find bits of the capsule - also normal.
- After completing your 4 month treatment, you can cut back to inserting one capsule, usually on the last night of your period. As before, wear a pad that night and during the next day, but tampons on the other days should be fine. I believe wearing tampons overnight is not a good idea, but up to you.
- Supplements and diet are completely up to you - I don't know what exacerbates BV, but it can't hurt to eat healthier.
- Always insert the capsule just before you go to bed. You want it to stay in for as long as possible.
- Just before inserting the capsule, I like to hold the capsule under running water for about 20 seconds to soften the 'skin'.
- Insert the capsule as far as you can. I don't think applicators are necessary, it's a personal preference.
Best of luck to you!
I have had BV since 2009 and nothing has worked . Now I'm currently inserting Boric acid capsules and they have worked as far as the smell. I started using one capsule at night and then one in the morning after I shower. I'm going to continue doing this for the next 5 days ( until 4/24/15), which will be 2 weeks. Hopefully, it will get rid of the discharge like it did the smell. Praying for a relief!!!
Better But With Side Effects
I started using my homemade boric acid suppositories with boric acid powder and gelatin capsules. Found the powder on the shelf at my drug store with first-aid supplies. Filled up large side of capsule and put small side on as others have done. Used 1 first 2 nights and didn't seem to help. Used 2 capsules the next 2 nights and felt almost completely better after the first night. So if 1 doesn't work try 2 before you give up. Hope it continues to work. I have tried eating yogurt, acidophilus, tea tree oil, and hydrogen peroxide without it helping at all. So don't give up.
So I use the Boric Acid capsules and the watery discharge is insane! I am soaking through panty liners and the discharge is not clear. Is this just the 'yuck' leaving my body?? I have to go change my liner or pad every hour and I feel the liquid gush out.
I have an appt for feb 5 but I feel like I am going to go insane before then...
HELP! I am worried I don't have BV after all.
(Prince George, Canada)
I have BV and let me tell you, there is no cure. You will have this until a cure is found. I did everything under the sun....H202, probiotics, ACV, yogurt douche, supplements, you name it I tried it. What has finally worked to keep it at bay is boric acid capsules. Boric acid is cheap, you can make your own capsules at home, and pharmacies will make this if your doctor gives you a prescription.
It is a little known fact that doctors don't want you to know about. I have been using boric acid capsules for years with no side effects. You have to stay on top of the BV 24/7/365. I can't go more than 1-2 days without inserting a capsule vaginally. I usually do it Sun-Thurs, and Fri-Sat I am with my boyfriend and everything is nice and clean and smells great and NO discharge or disgusting smell. I buy boric acid online (Amazon) as well as vegetable based capsules and sit right on my living room floor one night a month and make mass quantities of these things. Insert on capsule vaginally before bedtime (you need to be lying down so it can melt inside you and kill the bacteria) and the next morning wear a panty liner because the melted capsule contents will leak out.
It smells nice and fresh and there is no taste or side effects to your partner (if you know what I mean). Interestingly enough, the capsules keep your vagina nice and lubricated so if you have issues with dryness, this will certainly help you with that too. This has saved my life and my sex life as well. Boric acid is roach killer by the way. I was terrified to try it the first time, but I also was so exhausted of dealing with BV, so the chances of this working were worth my fears. It is the only thing that has worked for me so far and I am prepared to use this for the rest of my life. I am more than glad to answer your questions. I know there are several postings on here regarding boric acid capsules for BV. This is a horrible thing to have and to live with, but if you can stay on top of the bacteria you will be much happier and it does not take much effort. Cutting back on sugar and caffeine helps just a little bit......not much, but some. Good luck everyone!!!!!
(New York, US)
(Walnut Creek, Ca)
I just started the boric acid capsules today. As much as I was scared to it was my last resort and after seeing all of the positive reviews everywhere I went and purchased it and since yesterday was the last day of my period I used one today. So far no problems. I was wondering if anyone who uses this method could answer my questions.
How often should I use them? I keep seeing so many different responses to this. One daily for 7 days then use after my monthly and sex sounds decent but the ones that are saying use twice a day for 21 days? Also can I have sex while doing this treatment? I don't want to harm my boyfriend in this process Ive kept away from all sexual activity for at least a month now being I had to treat my last episode of bv then got my monthly. I really want this to work. Anyone who has had success please help a sister out!