This website has changed my life in the past 15 mins that I have been on it! To read all of your stories, to not feel alone/ashamed/embarrassed in the 'battle of BV' and to hear of all the SUCCESS with using boric acid has brought me incredible hope, relief, encouragement, a positive outlook. I have battled with BV and yeast infections since I was 16 and UTIs since I was 5-6; I am now 31. It feels never ending; causes insecurities, depression; most definitely puts strain, distance on a marriage/relationship and unfortunately after years it can be the underlying reason for infidelity/failed relationship/divorce.
After the past 6 months of numerous pelvic exams (you know the OB/GYN has seen your hoo-ha too many times when they tell you that it looks different than last time! ), cultures, STD tests, antibiotics, metrogel, pills that made me violently ill, missed days of work, HUGE interference on my social life as I am venturing out into the single world after 15 years...my physician has finally tried something different and has put me on boric acid. When she told me to make sure I didn't swallow the pills cause they were toxic/poisonous, I had 2 thoughts...1. Why is she prescribing me something toxic to put in there? 2. Why would I swallow an ovule? Upon picking up the prescription these two questions were quickly answered for me :-) The sound/thought of putting acid in there did frighten me some but I was so desperate at this point that I did not care. I have been on the boric acid for only 4 days now...prescription is 2x a day for 14 days. Upon finding this website, I now have a positive outlook and am in greater spirits that I will get better, if not 'cured'. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories!!!
I just wanted to quickly check back in as it has now been 8 months since my first post and since I started my boric acid treatment.
I am still BV free after 8 months - YAY!!!
I still insert a boric acid capsule on the last 2 nights of my period but I no longer take the vitamins or probiotics, except for folic acid (but this is more for baby making reasons than anything else.) While I do believe a healthy diet and the probiotic are beneficial to an overall healthy system, I'm not convinced they will cure or help rid the body of BV.
I hope you are all having success with this treatment!
I have been battling w/ BV since the day my son was born (2004). Havind BV Is the worst thing ever. On 09/01/14 my GYN prescribed Boric Acid for 21 days. I followed the direction after inserting it vaginally @ night w/ a disposible tube, this helps to put the medication as far in your Vjay jay as possible, it immediately started working for me, the only side effect to this medication is that your urine is dark yellow. I highly recommed (from experince) to put a thin pad on b/c u will be "wet" down there. DO NOT use scented soap, I use olny uncented body wash. DO NOT have sex, while on meds.
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.
It has been 4 months since my last post so I thought I would check back in. I have been completely free from any BV symptoms since I started my treatment plan (see above).
I started with 2 boric acid pills on the first night of my period and then one boric acid pill for the next 5 nights.
Then for the next 2 periods, I inserted one boric acid pill for the last 3 nights of my period.
During this time I took a probiotic and folic acid daily. I also regularly but not routinely took vitamin D and vitamin C, probably every other day or so.
I have been free from BV for this entire time, despite regular and unprotected (baby-making) sex. I do not douche after sex and have stopped douching altogether. I have, however, had small bouts of thrush which is something I have battled with long before BV reared its ugly head. I did not take any antibiotics for this but instead persevered with my treatment plan and ate lots of probiotic-infused yoghurt.
I am so happy to be BV free after 2 years and would highly recommend this regimen!
I will continue to insert a boric acid for the last night or two of my period or as needed in the future.
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.
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.
Thanks so much! I am also a nurse and for the last year this has made me feel so embarrassed, especially at work when I felt like my co-workers and patients could smell the odor. My gyn suggested Boric Acid months ago, but because I was so frustrated, I blew it off until last week. Amazon delivered Sunday, and I swear to goodness this morning (Monday), the odor was already GONE. I even did a finger test to the "honey hole" and I could not believe there was none of that smelly off white discharge! I am going to continue through Thursday for a 5 day total and see...I don't know how I will incorporate this into when I have "relations" or the dreaded "Mary" comes. For today, I just felt great prancing around without the scent of road kill lingering over me!!!
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!
Hi, I tryed the Vitanica, but the bacterial arrest. Didn't work for me. I have suffering with bv for years trying everything and spending lot of money. Can name all the things that I try. Some of them make me ping pong between bv and yeast It's horrible. Probiotics aleved it but not cure, thanks to vitanica I discover that boric acid was good for mantein the acidity level in balance down there, so I tried and thanks God it works. Finally!