POV: you’re at your doctor’s office for a recurring yeast infection and they’re prescribing you Metronidazole gel and/or a Fluconazole pill for the actual millionth time.
Or even worse, you have recurring BV and are being prescribed yet another round of antibiotics to treat it… just to for it to be back in a month (or less). Wash, rinse, repeat.
As a vagina owner, having issues down there can be the ultimate confidence killer. Especially when you feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING to fix it. And we mean everything.
From sitting in an ACV bath for an hour to lavender and tea tree oil treatments and even dipping tampons in plain Greek yogurt for the probiotics.
Because let’s be real… we’ve all been there. And sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures.
But, what if we told you that there’s an at-home remedy you can try (that WORKS)! Individual results may vary of course, but… we’re pretty confident in this one, guys.
Boric Acid – What is it?
Boric acid helps to promote the balancing of your vaginal flora and vaginal acidity.
A “normal” vaginal pH should usually fall somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5. Anything above that makes your vagina prime real estate for things like yeast and the bad bacteria that causes that infamous fishy odor BV is known for. And we are not here for it.
But, boric acid helps to get that pH back in order when things are out of whack.
Trust us… if your behind-the-counter scripts aren’t cutting it anymore, this magic little pill may just be the answer to your prayers.
How to take Boric Acid
To be clear, boric acid is to be taken in the form of suppositories. These babies are NOT to be taken orally – they are inserted directly into your vagina. There are applicators you can buy to make the process a lot easier.
Specific directions for use can be found on the packaging of whatever brand you choose (there are many) but, it’s generally recommended to pop one in overnight.
Discharge is to be expected so don’t be alarmed – just remember to wear a panty liner to keep your undies safe.
When to use Boric Acid
Use boric acid whenever you feel like you need a bit of refreshing. It’s commonly used:
- After sex: semen has a pretty high pH of usually around 7.2-8.0. And remember, your vagina likes to sit pretty at a 3.8-4.5. So, if you find that things are not so fresh after sex, this could be the perfect time for you to use boric acid.
- After your period: blood also has a higher PH of usually around 7.4, which can raise your vaginal pH – especially for our tampon users. If you find that you don’t smell as fresh after your period, try using boric acid on the last day or two of your cycle.
Active BV or Yeast?
If you have an active BV or yeast infection, it’s generally recommended to use a boric acid suppository nightly for up to 7-14 days, depending on the severity of your infection. It may also be recommended to use twice daily (check those labels).
For milder infections, it’s common to see improvements well before day-7, but it’s generally recommended to finish the full 7 day course to ensure that the infection is fully resolved.
And of course, it’s never a bad idea to make sure you’re getting plenty of WATER.
Have you tried boric acid? Let us know your thoughts!