Whether you’re looking to prevent yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis or are dealing with symptoms, you may want to consider using boric acid. It’s a popular over-the-counter remedy that can help address vaginal odor and discharge. But is it safe to use?
Are boric acid suppositories good for you?
Boric acid is an antifungal and antibacterial agent that can help treat both atypical yeast strains, like Candida glabrata, as well as the more resistant strains. It can also help replenish the flora in your vagina, maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria and reducing your risk for these problems.
Is boric acid safe for vaginas? If you’re already suffering from a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, your doctor may recommend a regimen of boric acid. This treatment is typically used after standard, doctor-recommended antifungal medications have been prescribed and is a good option for women with recurrent infections.
You should only use boric acid by inserting a capsule into your vagina (a boric acid vaginal suppository). Do not swallow the suppository or put it on open wounds because it’s toxic.
How to use a boric acid vaginal suppository
The usual dose of a boric acid vaginal tampon is one suppository inserted into your vagina once daily, for 3 days in a row. After this, you can stop taking the suppository and your symptoms should improve within 7 to 10 days.
However, it’s important to discuss your symptoms and treatment plan with your healthcare provider. The right treatment for you will depend on your specific health condition, lifestyle and other factors.