Boric Acid Suppositories

For more than a century, women have been using boric acid as a home remedy for vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Today, the natural antifungal is also available over-the-counter in clear, gelatin capsules that are inserted intravaginally with plastic applicators.

Boric acid suppositories aren’t the first line of treatment for BV and yeast infections, but they can be used as a supportive therapy. They can help restore a healthy vaginal pH and support the growth of flora in your gynecological microbiome. Go here

Symptoms of BV include itching, burning, vaginal discharge, and a fishy or odorous smell. They often occur after sexual activity.

Treating recurrent BV with boric acid suppositories can restore the vaginal pH to normal and help reduce symptoms. It can also improve the effectiveness of antibiotics to treat BV and yeast infections.

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It can be helpful in treating recurrent BV that doesn’t respond to other treatments, including antibiotics and miconazole (antifungal creams). But it won’t work for infections that start in the uterus or for people with HIV.

The CDC warns that boric acid can strip away your body’s “good” bacteria, so it should be used carefully and only under medical supervision. This is especially true if you’ve had a history of allergies or other health problems, or if you have diabetes.

Side effects of boric acid suppositories may include mild vaginal discomfort or irritation, hives, and/or watery vaginal discharge. They typically go away within 24 hours of use, but talk with your provider if you have any concerns.