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Do Boric Acid Suppositories Really Work for BV?

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Goddess, boric acid suppositories do work! Let’s explore how boric acid can help you with BV, yeast infections, and restore your vaginal health.

What is boric acid?

Boric acid is a naturally occurring compound widely used throughout history. It was first discovered over 400 years ago and has since been harnessed for its antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Boric acid is a white crystalline substance that is water-soluble. In the medical field, it's known for its antiseptic properties and ability to create a hostile environment for harmful microorganisms. 

What are boric acid suppositories used for? 

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Boric acid suppositories have been gaining recognition in feminine health due to their effectiveness in treating common vaginal conditions. 

These conditions primarily include bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections.

BV is a condition that occurs when there's an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina. The antiseptic properties of boric acid create a hostile environment for these bacteria, making it an excellent treatment option.

Similarly, boric acid can also effectively manage yeast infections due to its antifungal properties.

Moreover, boric acid suppositories have shown promise in treating resistant cases of chronic, recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (as well as trichomoniasis), a sexually transmitted infection. 

This broad-spectrum effectiveness makes boric acid suppositories a versatile tool for addressing various vaginal health issues.

Do gynecologists recommend boric acid treatment for BV?

Yes! While boric acid suppositories are available over the counter, many doctors recommend them as a secondary treatment option. 

This recommendation comes into play particularly when other treatments have failed, or the infection is resistant to conventional antifungal or antibiotic therapies.

It's important to remember that while boric acid suppositories can be a beneficial addition to your feminine health regimen, they should always be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional. This ensures safe and effective treatment tailored to your specific needs.

What are the benefits of using boric acid suppositories? 

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Treating recurrent infections

One of the key benefits of boric acid suppositories is their ability to treat recurrent infections like BV. 

Traditional antifungal or antibacterial treatments sometimes fail to eliminate infections, leading to recurrence. In such instances, boric acid suppositories offer a potent alternative. 

Resistant infections

Boric acid suppositories can also manage resistant infections. 

Studies indicate they can be helpful when combined with prescription antifungal or antibiotic treatments, especially for cases that do not respond to traditional therapies.

Relief from symptoms

Beyond treating infections, boric acid suppositories can provide relief from symptoms associated with vaginal and urinary infections. 

This includes discomfort, itching, and irritation, making them a valuable tool in promoting overall vaginal comfort.

Maintaining vaginal pH

Boric acid suppositories help maintain a healthy vaginal pH, which is crucial for preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. 

A balanced pH supports the natural flora of the vagina to promote overall yoni health.

Natural and affordable

Boric acid is a natural compound derived from seawater. This makes boric acid suppositories a holistic solution for those seeking natural feminine care treatment options

Additionally, they are generally more affordable than many prescription treatments, making them accessible to a wider range of individuals.

How do I use boric acid suppositories to treat BV or a yeast infection?

To ensure safety and effectiveness, following the correct usage instructions and adhering to the recommended dosage is important.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use boric acid suppositories:

  • Preparation: First, wash your hands thoroughly before handling the suppository to prevent introducing additional bacteria into the vaginal area.
  • Insertion: Gently insert one (1) boric acid suppository into your vagina at bedtime. This allows the suppository to dissolve fully while you're at rest. Insert in the suppository as far as it will comfortably go (typically as far as your finger can reach).
  • Dosage: The standard dosage is one (1) suppository daily unless otherwise suggested by your doctor.
  • Duration: Use the boric acid suppositories for a week (7 days), or the abnormal vaginal smell disappears. This helps to ensure the infection is fully treated and reduces the risk of recurrence.
  • Aftercare: Some people find wearing a panty liner after insertion helpful since there may be some discharge as the suppository dissolves.

Overuse or misuse can lead to potential side effects, so following the dosage and duration recommendations is important.

What are the potential side effects of boric acid?

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While boric acid suppositories can offer significant benefits in treating vaginal health issues, it's essential to be aware of any side effects and safety considerations before starting treatment.

Side effects

Some of the common side effects of boric acid suppositories include mild burning or redness, irritation, and increased vaginal discharge. This is typically due to the medication leaking out of the vagina during use. In some cases, users may experience a gritty sensation in the vagina.

Safety considerations

Contraceptive interference

It's important to note that boric acid suppositories may decrease the effectiveness of condoms or diaphragms and cause them not to work correctly. They may also reduce the effect of vaginal spermicides. 

If you're using these forms of contraception, consult your healthcare provider before starting treatment with boric acid suppositories.

Pregnancy

The safety of boric acid suppositories during pregnancy has not been well studied. As a result, pregnant women should avoid using these suppositories unless advised by their obstetrician.

Health conditions

Individuals with specific health conditions, such as heart disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, or any sexually transmitted disease, should seek medical advice before using boric acid suppositories.

Can you overuse boric acid suppositories?

While boric acid suppositories can be an effective treatment for vaginal infections, it's important to use them responsibly and follow the recommended dosage.

Overuse of boric acid suppositories can lead to potential side effects such as burning or redness, irritation, and even more severe systemic effects if large amounts come into contact with the skin.

Boric acid is most toxic and dangerous if swallowed, but when used as directed – inserted vaginally – it usually doesn't pose a risk.

Does Goddess of the Sea have boric acid suppositories?

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Yes, we do!

Goddess of the Sea Beauty proudly offers Restore, our high-quality boric acid suppositories designed for women seeking a natural and effective solution to managing vaginal health issues like yeast infections and BV. 

Our boric acid suppositories are crafted to provide relief from the uncomfortable and often recurring symptoms associated with vaginal imbalances. These include irritation, discharge, and odor

By promoting a healthy vaginal pH, our Restore suppositories help to maintain the natural flora of your vagina and support your overall vaginal health.

Goddess of the Sea handcrafts our boric acid suppositories using:

  • Pharmaceutical-grade boric acid
  • Vegan capsules
  • Gentle and effective formulation

Using our boric acid suppositories as part of your regular feminine care routine can help you maintain a healthy vaginal environment, especially if you're prone to recurrent infections or imbalances.

Crafting a complete feminine care routine

At Goddess of the Sea, we understand that feminine care is more than just addressing issues as they arise. It's about prevention, maintenance, and nurturing your body with the utmost respect and natural care possible. 

Alongside our boric acid suppositories, we offer a range of products designed to complement and enhance your feminine care routine. We want to ensure you always feel balanced, refreshed, and supported.

Our feminine care products include a variety of products tailored to meet the unique needs of your vaginal care:

Feminine washes and bars

Our gentle, pH-balanced feminine washes and bars are formulated with natural ingredients to keep you feeling fresh and clean without disrupting your vaginal flora. 

Read Yoni Bar Soap - What are the Benefits for more about our feminine soaps.

Vaginal steam herbs

Inspired by ancient practices, our Yoni Steam herbs are selected for their natural properties to support and refresh the vaginal area, promoting a sense of wellness and balance. 

Read What are the Benefits of Vaginal Steaming to learn more!

Nourishing yoni oils

For those moments when your skin needs extra care, our nourishing Yoni Oils provide hydration and comfort to the sensitive areas of your body.

Integrating these products into your daily routine will help support and enhance your vaginal health to create a holistic approach to your feminine care. 

Whether you're addressing specific concerns with our Restore boric acid suppositories or maintaining daily wellness with our washes, steams, and oils, Goddess of the Sea has everything you need to feel confident and cared for.

Frequently Aske Questions About Boric Acid Suppositories

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How long does it take for boric acid to work for BV?

The time it takes for boric acid to treat BV can vary. Generally, it’s recommended to use boric acid suppositories from 7 days to 2 weeks. Speak with your gynecologist if unsure how long you need to use the suppositories.

However, the suppositories themselves only take a few minutes to dissolve completely.

How many boric acid suppositories do I use for BV?

The typical dosage for using boric acid suppositories to treat BV is one (1) suppository (usually 600 mg) into the vagina once daily before bedtime. 

How do I know if my BV is gone?

Knowing whether BV has cleared typically involves the absence of symptoms. 

BV often presents with symptoms such as a thin, gray, white or green vaginal discharge, a foul-smelling "fishy" vaginal odor, vaginal itching, and burning during peeing.

When these symptoms disappear, this is usually a good sign that the BV has cleared. 

Remember that while the disappearance of symptoms can indicate that BV has cleared, it does not guarantee that the infection won't recur. BV has a high rate of recurrence, and some women may experience recurrent episodes shortly after treatment.

Does boric acid make your vagina smell better?

Yes, but only because boric acid pills help treat conditions that disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina (which leads to symptoms like abnormal vaginal odors). 

By effectively treating the underlying infection, boric acid can help restore the natural vaginal flora, which in turn can reduce or eliminate unusual vaginal smells.

Can I pee after inserting a boric acid suppository?

Yes, you can pee after inserting a boric acid suppository. 

Urination does not affect the suppository's effectiveness because the urethra (the tube that urine flows out of) and the vagina are separate openings.

When you insert a boric acid suppository into the vagina, it begins to dissolve and get absorbed by the vaginal mucosa to exert its effects locally within the vagina. Urinating after insertion won’t wash out the suppository or diminish its effectiveness.

However, it might be more comfortable and ensure maximum absorption of the boric acid if you wait a little while after inserting the suppository before urinating. 

Many women prefer to insert the suppository before bedtime, allowing the boric acid to work overnight and minimizing any potential leakage or discomfort that could occur with movement or urination.

What comes out when you use boric acid suppositories?

When using boric acid suppositories, it's common to experience some vaginal discharge. This discharge can result from the dissolving suppository and may appear watery or slightly gelatinous. The consistency and amount of discharge can vary depending on several factors, including the suppository formulation and your body's response.

Discharge from using a boric acid suppository is typically not a cause for concern unless other symptoms like itching, burning, or a strong odor accompany it.

To manage the discharge and maintain comfort while using boric acid suppositories:

  • Wear a panty liner to protect your underwear and help manage any leakage or discharge.
  • Use the suppositories before bedtime to reduce the likelihood of discharge and to allow the suppository to work while you sleep.

Can boric acid suppositories and probiotic supplements treat BV?

Yes, boric acid and probiotics can be used together as part of a bacterial vaginosis treatment. This combination targets the underlying issues of BV from different angles: boric acid acts as an antiseptic that helps to balance the vaginal pH, and probiotics help to restore and maintain healthy vaginal flora. 

Embracing Natural Solutions for Vaginal Wellness

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The key to effective treatment is consistency and patience, whether combating recurrent infections like BV or striving for daily comfort and balance.

At Goddess of the Sea, we believe in empowering women with knowledge about their health, offering products that promote balance and well-being. Boric acid suppositories are just one tool in the toolbox of feminine care by providing an effective, natural solution to some of the most common vaginal health concerns.

Remember, your vagina deserves the best – and sometimes, that means going back to nature's basics.

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