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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acidophilus and Garlic
- Acidophilus, B12, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Goldenseal
- Acidophilus, Vitamin E, Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- ACV Bath, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Probiotics
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- B Complex With Folic Acid
- Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Tips
- Baking Soda Douche
- Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt
- Boric Acid
- Boric Acid and Acidophilus
- Boric Acid and Fenugreek
- Boric Acid, Coconut Oil, Probiotics
- BV and Urinary Tract Infections
- BV and Yeast Infections
- BV Cause Theories
- BV Tips
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Combo Treatment for BV
- Condom Brands
- Diagnosing BV
- Dietary Changes
- Douche, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Eliminate Caffeine
- Essential Oils
- Fermented Cabbage Leaf
- Folic Acid
- Folic Acid and Acidophilus
- Folic Acid, Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
- Folic Acid, Garlic
- Folic Acid, Probiotics
- Folic Acid, Sage Tea
- Garlic Douche
- Garlic, Probiotics
- Garlic, Yogurt
- Garlic, Yogurt, Vitamin D
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Juice Douche
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
- Gycerol Monolaurate
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathy, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche and Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, B Vitamins, Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotics
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Spring Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Tea Tree Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Indonesian Remedies
- Kacip Fatimah (Herb)
- Kefir, Oregano Oil
- Lactic Acid, Prebiotics
- Latex Allergy
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Diet
- Moxibustion, Kimchi, Yogurt
- Multiple Remedies
- Multivitamin, Probiotics
- Oak Galls
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
- Parasite Cleanse
- Pineapple Juice
- Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, Garlic
- Probiotics, Folic Acid, B12
- Probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic
- Probiotics, Yogurt
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt Baths
- Stop Using Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Teenagers With BV
- Tomato Juice
- Treating Partners for BV
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Garlic
- Vitamin D
- Wrong Antibiotics
- Yogurt, Oregano Oil
05/27/2011: 904mami from Jacksonville, Fl: "hey ladies... Ive been reading everyones post and I tried all of the remedies and they haven't worked for me so im about to try the boric acid..... I will toon in tomorrow and or a few days with my results wish me luck..."
02/28/2011: Chris from Ogden , Utah: "I have had BV for 11 years and have tried absolutely everything with no results! I have read that many people use boric acid to treat bv. I have gone to every pharmacy in my town and they do not carry it. I notice online that every kind I find is not the medical grade stuff (it's the strong stuff used to kill roaches). What brand can I use and where can I find it?"Replies
03/01/2011: Chase from Manchester, Nh Usa replies: "I don't know where you live but my local supermarket has a pharmacy and they were happy to order it for me. It cost me $10 for a 16oz. Bottle. Just so you know, the first pharmacist told me he "couldn't order it for me" which was obviously total BS, he just didn't want to go to the bother soooo, ask and if the first pharmacist tells you he can't then go to another. Good luck in your quest and the best of health to you!!!"
08/11/2011: Julie from Bountiful, Utah replies: "Medicine Shoppe in Bountiful, UT, will compound the Boric Acid capsules for you."
09/19/2011: Liltrimble from Fayetteville, Nc replies: "Amazon.com sells both the boric acid and the capsules. Beware that some of the pre-made ones contain very little boric acid and may not work."
10/12/2011: Gmd from Ny replies: "I am wondering if borax (20 Mule Team) would work as good as boric acid.....?"
01/24/2012: Bagecka from Athens, Texas, U.s.a. replies: "@gmd NO borax and boric acid are NOT the same."
11/02/2010: Sarah from Holley, Ny, Usa: "I am soooo happy to find this site and finally put an end to my BV. I have suffered for years with this problem, and tried every prescription med and home remedy I could find. I finally figured it was something I would have to live with. Every time I have sex, get my period, or any type of spotting (I have a hormonal imbalance that sometimes causes this) the odor comes back. Recently my boyfriend said to me "I'm worried something is wrong with you, when we have sex sometimes it smells bad" Ugh, how embarassing! I finally decided to try boric acid. I purchased it online, fairly inexpensive. I tried to purchase the capsules in a pharmacy, but no such luck, none of them in my area have them available. I emptied out some probiotic capsules (I figured the probiotics couldn't hurt), filled them with the boric acid, and for two nights straight put two capsules inside me with a cleaned applicator from another suppository. What a huge difference!! The very next day had sex with the bf.... No odor whatsoever! Not even the tiniest bit of that "fishy" smell that usually comes within minutes! I finally feel as if this problem is behind me!"Replies
[YEA] 11/09/2010: Anita from San Diego, Ca replies: "IT WORKS!!!!!!!! Ive been trying to cure my BV for almost 4 months now... I tried Flagyl from my doctor.. DID NOT WORK
I tried the garlic clove up there... DID NOT WORK
I tried Yogurt on a tampon..... DID NOT WORK
I tried an acidophilus up there.... DID NOT WORK
I also tried "VH Essential's" BV Treatment... DID NOT WORK
At my wits end, I asked my poor boyfriend to see if he could find Pharmaceutical Grade Boric Acid Powder. He brought home a $5 jar of it and some empty "00" size capsules. I filled up 14 capsules, and stuck one up my girly bits last night. I kid you not, the discharge was virtually gone! No odor, no itching, no burning! Im only on my second night but I feel soo much better! I RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL WOMEN SUFFERING WITH BV!!! It doesn't hurt to try it (if you're like me and have tried EVERYTHING else)!! I promised myself that after I found something that works I would write about it on here to let other girls know."
11/13/2010: Izzy from St. Louis, Mo, United States replies: "Can you email me and tell me what brand you used for the Boric Acid?"
01/07/2011: Anita from San Diego, California replies: "Izzy, im sorry, but I misplaced the bottle, so I don't know the brand.. But I do know that you can walk into any pharmacy and ask them for boric acid powder and they can grab a bottle for you. just make sure to buy the double zero ("00") size empty capsules from a health store like Henrys, or Wild Oats..."
[YEA] 02/11/2011: Tlb from Washington, Dc replies: "Boric Acid is the ONLY home remedy that worked for me, and I've tried most of the ones listed on this site. I was afraid to try it (it's poison, after all), but I had purchased an over the counter bv cure and it worked temporarily. It was the only thing that had worked for me, even temporarily, besides perscription meds, so I read the ingredients and it contained boric acid. That convinced me to at least try it, and I was shocked at how quickly I was cured (less than a week of inserting capsules vaginally each night), and most importantly, that I STAYED CURED! Over the past 8 months, I've only had 2 occurances where I started to get slightly itchy with odor, and 1 or 2 nights of tablets cures it easily. This cure might be scary, but if you have a stubborn case like I did, I highly recommend giving it a shot. I am thrilled with the results."
10/22/2011: Wendypape from ..., Canada replies: "Just a thought... It's questionable what's BV, yeast or even chlamydia etc. So many symptoms are same and tests are so inaccurate ;-( The crazy thing is, that we clean up ourselves, our diets, our lifestyle.... And then we have sex with our husbands/boyfriends again and poof it starts all over again. MOST MEN have no symptoms at all btw, heck there isn't even a test for hpv for men and yet they are carriers and there are over 80 different kinds ladies!!! (and yeast, herpes, hpv all transmittable via saliva, and don't get me started on whats transmittable in sperm - I'm so happy I'm married and only have 1 to worry about yikes ;-( Try abstaining LOL I abstained for months and months and months - sorry dh.... And I was FINE, never ever ever have any discharge at all, squeaky clean like a rose etc... then I have sex with my husband and bam, I have discharge within 48 hours that takes a week to get rid of with tea tree oil tampons etc ;-( arghhhhhhhh. That worked twice, now I'm onto the boric acid. Sigh. And NOW He's on super strength oil of oregano orally, grapefruit seed extract, diet overhaul, and acidophious etc.!!!! Fingers crossed!"
[YEA] 06/29/2010: Rs from San Carlos, Ca: "I used boric acid capsules for BV and after trying everything else on this website and it was the only thing that seems to have CURED my BV once and for all after about 10 years. I did the H20 and H202 douche along with every probiotic known to man and folic acid, B12, D3, fish oil and vaginal probiotics and acidophilus. It all worked temporarily and the BV kept coming back. I finally read about boric acid capsules on this site and thought "what the heck, it cant hurt". I bought boric acid and empty vegan capsules on amazon.com and made my own. Very easy and very CHEAP. I was spending a fortune on H202 and distilled water and liquid acidophilus. It worked the first day and I inserted one capsule nightly for about 2 weeks and the BV has been gone for over a month. No sign of it anywhere and Im not doing anything now but maintaining my acidophilus, probiotics for vaginal health, folic acid, B12 and D3. It really is a miracle. Sex is good again and life is good again. I keep a stash of capsules in my bathroom in case of a flare up but so far so good. Im very careful after sex and pee right away and keep everything aired out. Cotton undies and lots of air. I also stopped drinking coffee and I am slowly taking refined sugar out of my diet (very slowly, Im a sugar addict). I recommend this to those women out there that are not getting good results with the douche probiotics. Every woman is different but this really worked for me and I could not be happier. I will report back in one more month. Thanks and good luck!!!"Replies
01/30/2011: Pravda from Fort Lauderdale, Fl, Usa replies: "Hi
Thanks for the info. I had bought boric acid capsules from Natren but they were for yeast infections only and a homeopathic dilution of 50% boricum acidum. Do you think that might work?
If I prepare the capsules myself, should I fill it half-way or the entire capsule. Is any boric acid ok to use?
02/10/2011: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "Sounds like you got a product called "Yeast Arrest" or something similiar. I've heard some positive and negative things about the product. Since you already have it handy, you might want to try those first. If you have a persistent case of BV, I would think the homemade boric acid capsules would work better. I used PharmacyPlus boric acid from amazon.com and used veggie caps. You want to fill them completely up if possible. Good luck with it."
[YEA] 06/13/2010: Gigi from San Carlos, Ca: "I have suffered from BV for about 2 years. It is a terrible condition that has no cure. I found this website just in time. I really thought my sex life was going to end forever at age 40. I tried all the suggestions on this site. First, I took a vaginal health probiotic (50 Billion live bacteria) in the morning with 2400mcg of folic acid in the morning, one B-12 vitamin in the morning along with fish oil capsules and D-3 vitamins (2000 units) in the morning. That worked for awhile but not long. Then I incorporated douching with 1/3 cup H202 and 1/3 cup distilled water. That did the trick for about 2-3 months but I was douching almost every day. I then incorporating liquid acidophilus douches right after the H202 and distilled water douche and that helped a lot also in the beginning. My daily ritual was costing a fortune and taking all day to do and it was all temporary relief. The douching started to give my UTI's and that was no fun because I had to take antibiotics to get rid of that......yep, yeast infections. So, I researched more on this site and read of women inserting boric acid capsules vaginally. I found out that boric acid is poison and its used to kill bugs and rats. I thought it was totally absurd and dangerous until I read more of the postings on this site and other sites. I found boric acid and empty vegetable capsules (size 0 or 00 will do) online and bought them and made my own capsules. I inserted one at night before bedtime and wore a panty liner. I heard that you have a little drainage as the capsule melts in your vagina and it certainly does, so wear a panty liner to bed and the whole next day. I saw dramatic results the very next morning. The BV was gone, no trace of anything. I have been on this new regimen for about 3 weeks now. I insert one vaginally at night until everything looks clear in my vagina. I can have sex now and nothing is noticeable. No smell, no discharge, no itching, no pain, no swelling. Its really a miracle. I make up about 20 capsules at a time and keep them in a zip lock baggie in a cool dry cabinet in my kitchen. Im now inserting one every few days and ALWAYS after having sex or when I feel that "feeling" coming back. I strongly recommend that women give this a try if they have tried everything else with little results. I still take my vaginal health probiotic every morning along with all the other supplements I listed above. It just makes sense to continue with those for now. Boric acid capsules have literally saved my sex life and I could not be happier. There have been no side effects so far except for the morning discharge and that is just the capsule residue and most likely bacteria coming out. I smell so fresh and clean "down there" and its all back to normal and even better. My vagina looks and smells and tastes great (that may be gross, but you have to know what you taste like, so go ahead and taste it). If I have left any crucial information out of this posting, please respond and I will respond ASAP. This is a horrible thing to go through and it can ruin your life. Good luck ladies and thank you Earth Clinic for providing this site!!!"Replies
06/17/2010: Cici from Orlando, Fl replies: "I have been reluctant to put anything up my vagina ever since using cream for what i thought was a yeast infection but turns out i think it is bv. Anyhow, just like you i have tried everything folic acid, acidophilus, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, pau d arco, grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, changing my eating habits and all i have got rid of is the constant itching and burning. My vagina still has yellowish discharge and is still swelled and dry. I'm just afraid of putting anything in my vagina and making the problem worse.
My question is where do you find the boric acid and the capsules to put them in? Also, is it expensive because i have been spending alot too just on vitamins, dietary, and herbal supplements trying to combat this problem without having to use antibiotics."
EC: Boric acid powder, which is very inexpensive, can be found at any pharmacy and some grocery stores (check the pharmacy section). Gel Capsules can be found online. Example: http://www.google.com/products?q=gel+capsules+empty&hl=en&aq=1&oq=gel+capsul
10/01/2010: Tracie from Flint, Mi replies: "I just bought the ingredients tonight. Well Hydrogen Peroxide and the Boric Acid. I'm going find my Turkey baster (btw will not be of use in the kitchen after this) So I was reading your post and got to the part that said taste it and I was rolling on the floor laughing.... Thanks for the info... Everything I have been reading has been very consistent and I ready to give it a whirl.... All the prescribed medication including yeast infection medicine has never worked well. This is my last hope right now.... I cannot afford no more co-pays on office visits and medication. All the ingredients for this is less then half of the co-pay for an office visit and I figure 4oz should last a while. Yaayyy.... Now I hear people douche with it or use the gel capsule. I'm going straight for the capsule.... Thanks... I'm still laughing and intrigued enough I may try it...."
02/13/2011: Jess from Indianapolis, In replies: "Your response is so honest and full out truthfulness that I'm sure it makes others feel great knowing someone knows EXACTLY how they feel. No one who has BV would wish it upon anyone so your honesty about it is so reassuring because it answers that, "no one knows how much this sucks! " feeling. BV is such a hush hush subject and can be so embarassing. Your candor has helped me and I'm sure will help many other women. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!"
09/03/2011: Bella from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Gigi - what do you insert the capsules with?"
11/19/2009: Nancy D from Harrisburg, Pa: "I just started taking boric acid suppositories last night for BV. And now my boyfriend of 4 1/2 years would like to know (as I would too); can you continue to have vaginal sex and vaginal oral sex?? Because I am supposed to take these things for 14 days, and we really didn't want to go that long without!! Can they hurt him in any way? I cannot find this answer ANYWHERE; and I could call my gyno. who prescribed this to ask him; but it's kind of an embarrassing question and I would rather find out from another source first, if I can. Thanks."Replies
11/21/2009: Kerstin from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Thank god for Boric Acid and..Thank god for Earth Clinic! This site is amazing! Yes Boric Acid is definitely the way to go!
All my life I have been having problems with re-occuring yeast infections getting worse as years have gone by. I was going crazy, so depressing and definitely didn't help my sex life..
I have tried everything antibiotics, creams, joghurt, Tea tree oil, etc etc you name it! Some of the cures would help temporarily but nothing I repeat Nothing can be compared to the success I have had using Boric Acid!
Yes , I knows it sounds crazy! To insert Boric Acid vaginally... the same Boric Acid used to kill roaches and ants right?... ? At first I was very sceptical and scared to use it at first, ut after some research I decided to try it, and boy am I glad I did!
As soon as I feel a yeast infection coming on I pour Boric Acid in a capsule, insert it up in my vagina, and a couple of hours later usually infection gone! Sometimes if I don't catch it right away, one time is not always enough and I have to repeat it.
It is truly amazing how effective Boric Acid is and how quickly it works. The result is immediate!
To answer your question if you can have sex and if it is harmful for your partner..No worries! After inserting the capsule, it will take some hours before it dissolves but after that... you can have sex and your partner has nothing to worry about!
You just feel (smell and taste too for that matter) fresh and clean and no trace of any boric acidX!
I am so happy that I tried it!
04/20/2010: Momto3boys from Crofton, Md, United States replies: "Here is the protocol that my midwife gave me for the Boric Acid suppositories. I am going to make my own since they are kind of costly to get from my local pharmacy.
First night- insert 2 capsules
First week- 1 calpsule inserted every night
Second week- 1 capsule inserted every other night
Third week- 1 capsule inserted every 3 days
Fourth week- 1 capsule inserted every 4 days
Fifth week- 1-2 capsules inserted per week or as needed"
10/11/2011: Bellabusters from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "Just a quick question regarding boric acid capsules. Are you all using them while you have your period? I have mine now, and don't want to wait until it is over to start the capsules. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you:)"
[YEA] 11/17/2009: Vee from Nyc, Nyc: "Boric Acid for Bacterial Vaginosis
Use 100% Boric Acid from the store. make sure it's pure, no other additives. Use an applicator from another vaginal product. I used the applicators from a previous yeast infection creme. Just wash in HOT water and soap, or a little bleach if you want. What ever you use, make sure that you rise the applicators well and let dry. Fill the applicators, then insert. Wear a mini-pad there might be some discharge. It takes a few days, no more than a week. You can also use this to keep fresh and for yeast infections. There should not be any irritation. GOOD LUCK!!"Replies
[YEA] 11/26/2011: Nolimits from New York City, Ny replies: "I have been suffering with BV for 10 years (on and off). After reading posts about Boric Acid I decided to try this remedy out of desperation. Nothing else has worked for longer than 2 weeks. Boric Acid can be purchased for 1.00 at most dollar stores. I make my own capsules. Initially I used 2x per day for 14 days. After day 1 the odor was gone. I use one capsule after intercourse and a capsule each night of my menstrual cycle. I have been symptom free for one year. It is like a miracle."
12/09/2011: Mandy from Ny replies: "This is Mandy from NY, I wrote here before, I went back to the doctor and she gave me flagyl again, I said look, there has to be something esle I can do, I asked her about boric acid, she said it is effective, though my insurance does not cover, I said give it to me, I pick it up tomorrow, Im so desperate, Im tired of being sad and lonely and smell like ffish and have classmates laugh and talk about me, I'm not a dirty woman, I clean my vag but this bv wants to stay, get the hell out of here already, Im screwed to use boric acid, but I'm at my wits end, I have no choice, I start tomorrow night, I will write back on Monday, please wish me luck, it has been 7 nasty years, and I want to get intimate with my new man( I have not yet:((() fingers crossed..."
[YEA] 12/10/2011: De De from Charlotte, Nc replies: "omg I read every last post on here and I've been dealing with bv since 2007 and I thought I was in this bubble by myself. I will get cured and then it's back again I thought it was my bf giving it back to me but they say its not sexually transmitted okay so why its coming back? But now I see where others have reoccurence, my dr told me about the boric acid so now I'm taking these capsules. I went and got a prescription filled and I see where you can make your own. I'm so gonna keep some handy, close by I just hope others find this site or dr talk to their patients more about this...... Back to normal- I feel so fresh."
[YEA] 12/13/2011: Mandy from Ny replies: "This is Mandy again. I took the boric acid on saturday, it is now, Tuesday, for the first time I have no smell, I was in class today and was able to get up and go back and forth to the printer without the smell of fish coming from me, I was so happy, I swear I hope this last, I pick up my re fill this saturday, I will be back to let you know, I have tried everything and this was my last resort, Ai will be back here Friday...... I tell you one day seems like a lifetime!!!"
10/05/2009: Cazi from Huntington, Ny: "I am 54, divorced 4 and a half years and finally had sex about a month ago. Yes you guessed it...my first bout of BV ever! All the symptoms but luckily no odor.
I am curious about the boric acid. Where do you buy it? Is it a prescription? Is it granular? 'I already take probiotics so I am wondering if I need to increase the amount i take. Can one insert an oral probiotic capsule directly into the vagina?
I read last night to try a shallow bath with some tea tree oil. I put some on a wet washcloth and applied directly to my labia...it stung at first, but I must say.... no itching last night. (I've found that the itching is MUCH worse at night)
In addition, my gyno suggested trying to sleep with no undies on and to try to keep the area "aired out" whenever possible."Replies
07/01/2011: Gloria from Yucca Valley, Ca replies: "I saw the following post at Yahoo Answers about boric acid suppositories/capsules and thought it was worth posting here:
You will find that you have increased watery discharge throughout treatment, so it's advisable to wear a panty liner or sanitary napkin on days when you're using the capsules. 2cap/day for 7 days is excellent and should resolve the problem entirely. You should notice changes within 2 days, stick with the treatment for a full course, though.
I would advise against intercourse while you're undergoing treatment, because it may irritate sensitive tissues for both of you. There wouldnt be a significant impact on the efficacy of the sponge, but the micro-tears that can happen in vaginal tissue during intercourse could increase the amount of boric acid absorbed, which is a bad thing. (You're not looking to absorb it, you're looking to have an immediate and direct effect on the local bacteria. )
Once you're done the boric acid treatment, it is a good idea to do a single course of probiotics. Look for a product that contains a blend of strains, but be sure that it contains L. Caseii (the predominant "good bacteria" in healthy vaginal flora. ) 9-12 billion CFU should be sufficient - take them orally, 2 cap/day away from food. And if you choose, you could also insert 1 cap/day as a vaginal suppository for 3-4 days."
[YEA] 05/28/2009: Feelingfree from Greensboro, NC: "if anyone can find an apothecary type pharmacy in your town, request boric acid suppositories...my gyno in college reccomended this-i freaked when she told me about it-i thought who in the world would put something like that down there...i did some research and years later i was brave(and desperate) enough to try it...it worked! they are a little costly-about $25 for 20 or 24 i think...but they work well-id use them 2 or 3 times a week(insert vaginally at bedtime-and wear a pantyliner for leakage)...and using the boric acid supp. in conjunction with acidophlus pills work really well!!! now, im new to Greensboro, so, i am looking to locate an apothecary asap! most regular pharmacies dont make the supps..."Replies
07/10/2009: Tonika from High Point, North Carolina replies: "If you haven't found a pharmacy yet, there is one in High Point called McLarty Drug on Church Street (off of N. Main Street). A real pharmacist that can actually mix compounds runs the place. I have purchased 600mg boric acid capsules from this drug store (I have a prescription). I got 60 capsules for $27.00. Hope this information helps."
[YEA] 05/11/2009: Patricia from San Jose, CA: "This is in response to some women questioning whether BV gets totally cured with acidophilus, and why you would need to continue taking the treatment. I have read extensively about BV and you may not like it but the truth is that every person is different and our bodies work differently. So you have to find out what works for YOU and YOUR BODY. Also, each man's body chemistry will be different from another man's. Just like women's bodies are different, the level of acidity in men's sperm varies greatly from person to person. So the level of acidity in your partner's sperm may very well be aggravating your sensitive vagina! Also, the acidity in sperm can also change depending on their diet. Boric acid vaginal suppositories also work very well for BV. I was married for a long time and never had any problems or any BV. But a few years after we broke up, and several sexual partners later, I started having problems with BV and it didn't stop for years and years. I would make the same rounds everyone has going back and forth to the Drs. DAMN it gets OLD! and you know its not good for your body to keep taking antibiotics. But what other choice did most of us have if thats what your Dr says you need to do and you dont realize there are alternatives? Well I moved to Portland, OR which you know is a very progressive and liberal city. So many people are into alternative medicine and lifestyles. Its like a way of life for most people living there. Anyway, I got BV again! and did not have health coverage at the time, so I went to planned parenthood. They gave me a sheet with information on BV which most of which I'd read tons of times before. But on the back it listed a home remedy, for women predisposed to BV, which was to make boric acid vaginal suppositories and insert one every night before going to bed, will usually prevents BV in most women. This changed my life, literally! I went to a health food store and purchased all vegetable material, natural capsules. So it will not hurt you and you dont have to remove any leftover material or worry about it cuz they just dissolve inside your vagina. I also was able to buy a bottle of powdered boric acid at Long's, just over the counter. If you cannot find it, ask the pharmacist, they know where everything is, even out on the shelves. Then you pour some of the powder into a small cup or bowl, open a capsule holding one half in each hand, and scoop them through the powder, towards each other. Filling up the capsules with powder, then close the capsule. roll it between your palms to remove excess powder. I buy the supplies which is definitely less than $10. and Ill make a bunch of them. I keep them in a little jar in my medicine cabinet. I do not take one every night, but I know RIGHT AWAY when my vagina is not feeling fresh, I will treat myself right away and nip it in the bud before it gets bad! Ill insert 1-2 capsules, in the morning at noon and at night. This always cures it right away. The only downside is about 6 hrs after insertion, I have a GUSH! of watery discharge. So much that you literally need to have a tampon or pad in place or your pants will get wet. But I have found this works amazingly. I dont have to take something every day and I suffered from it for so long that like I said I know right away when somethings not right. My finace even knows about them. He thought it was a little weird at first but as soon as he realized how good they work, he's just glad I have a safe and easy home remedy that I can treat myself as often as I want without an expensive trip to the Drs and endless rounds of antibiotics. Anyway, reading that the level of acidity in men's semen can vary depending on diet made me think that it was only logical that our bodies being out of balance is most likely tied to our overall health. Im sure that being a healthy weight and exercise as well as diet will affect our bodies, vajayjays and immune system overall. Something to think about. Thank you to everyone who posted here! Forgot to mention that my 16 yr old daughter is suffering from recurring vaginal infections. She is not sexually active yet, but you know im not surprised because she had constant yeast infections when she was a baby. She is having yeast infections and one UTI already and recurring urinary tract pain and an itchy vulva. I have her currently treating herself with boric acid suppositories and it has helped A LOT and given her a lot of relief. But the itching and urinary tract pain did not go away. She was living with her dad for a little while which is why this went on for a while without me overseeing her treatment. But she is back with me so Ive been treating her with natural remedies and she is open to home remedies cuz she doesnt want to keep going to the Dr and she said the meds they prescribed didn't work anyway cuz the infection just kept coming back! Anyway, I finally broke down and took her to a Dr and they tested her for STDs without my permission!! They didnt even tell me, they spoke to her about it! anyway, all her tests came back negative, so I dont know what is going on or why she is getting itchiness and urinary tract pain.But I am going to buy acidophilus & folic acid tomorrow and start treating her. Hopefully this will be the cure we're looking for for her! Thanks again to everyone for sharing your stories!"Replies
06/21/2011: Priscilla from Billings, Montana replies: "I have been struggling with BV since I was 14 years old. I am now 26. I get them at least 4 to 5 times a month. Always at the doctors office. I am tired and broke. I want to try the boric acid.... Only I am curious how do you insert them? what tool do you use?"
[YEA] 05/01/2009: Wealthyheart from Northern Cambria, PA: "Using Boric Acid for BV. Use only half a capsual full twice a day for 2 weeks to 1 month. I have BV real bad so I used it for 1 month but I also took an antibiontic which I shouldn't have. Now I need to waite 2 weeks before I can start my 1 month Boric Acid treatment. It's important that I waite 2 weeks before starting again and It's important that I take no antibionics while on my treatment. If I do, I won't get rid of my BV and eventualy hurt my body over time. If you feel a bladder infection coming on take a few swings of Apple Cider Vinger 3 times a day for 3 days and your systems should go away. No more than a half a capsual full either. Too much to fast don't work and what your body don't use will run out and too much to fast is not good for your body. Now after your BV goes away you can Still use the Boric Acid to help keep your ph in check by useing 1 half of a capsual full 2 times a week for up to 6 months to a year. My 2 weeks of waiting starts today and 14 days is gonna b long and hard for me but i do want to get better and rid of BV. Good luck to you all and I will be back intouch when my 1 month treatment is all said and done. Remember all of what I wrote so you don't screw up like i did. Smile always."Replies
09/11/2009: J from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi Patricia - I was checking to see if the Boric Acid suppositories are still working for you? I have been struggling with BV for a year, countless doctor's visits and prescribed antibiotics, trying home remedies, i.e., folic acid, probiotics, etc and still get this awful discharge! It's irritating both in the mental and physical sense!!! I am going to try the Boric Acid supp. I pray it works for me too!"
10/25/2010: London from Sandusky , Ohio replies: "The key to Boric acid really working for me is to use it along with the tea tree oil suppositories that I use. I fill a :00: capsule with 5 drops tea tree oil and the rest castor oil, and insert along with the boric acid capsule overnight for 3 to 7 night. One of each. Its so much better than just using the boric acid on its own."
11/17/2011: Susano from Chicago, Il replies: "I'm not one to sleep around, but every time I have sex with a guy (protected, of course) I get a yeast infection. So it's been two guys in 6 months and the Doctor is hauling me in for yet ANOTHER culture so I can get a scrip to get rid of the damn yeast infection. I did a monistat 1 a week ago and the itching is gone, but the discharge remains. I went in yesterday.
This one's new: I have been prescribed Boric Acid Suppositories by my Dr and she's looking into my pH, blood sugar, etc. She has also prescribed L. Acidopholus to get my healthy bacteria back in line. I'm all good with this, but I have one question:
Yesterday was the first day of my period, I only use tampons. Is it correct to use the suppositories while using tampons during your period, or should I wait until period ends to start the scrip? I'll be calling the doc and plan to report back, but it's a valid question in the mean time. It would suck to spend $$ on it just to have a tampon soak it all up and have zero results. Hopefully someone has this answer.
People have talked about inserting tampons to hold their solutions "in. " Since tampons are meant to absorb fluids, I question this decision, except when there is a fluid response great enough to warrant such measures. I don't mean to question these practices critically, especially when I can't stand having gooey, mushy, smelly parts in my pants; but if the meds will do better while I put up with goo and mush, vs. Clean, tampon-use, I choose better meds. I just want it gone.
Thanks for your consideration.
Another Susan from Chicago."
[YEA] 01/05/2009: Lisa from Webb City, MO, USA: "Remedy: Boric Acid.
Ailment: Bacterial Vaginosis
Boric acid capsules will help heal this problem. You can buy the boric acid at a pharmacy, along with gel capsules. You can fill them yourself. Take a piece of paper, dump out the boric acid and fill them up. Each capsule, medium size, will hold a maximum of 500mg, which is safe to use as a suppository twice a day. This is not for oral consumption. I've been told to do this twice a day for 30 days, and my BV is gone.
And I've tried everything practically, folic acid, Flagyl, any type of prescription for BC a doctor can give you.
There is a plastic applicator you can buy to put the capsule in to place in your vagina. Best remedy for me. Thank you."
[YEA] 12/17/2008: Lisa Butler from Webb City, Missouri, USA: "I've had bacterial vaginosis for over five years. I've been to four gynecologists. I make my own boric acid capsules. You buy everything you need from the pharmacy, gel capsules and boric acid. Using one tablet in the morning, and one tablet at night, my bacterial vaginosis is almost completely gone. Boric acid in your vagina will not hurt you, do not be scared to try this. You don't want to eat it. I also take __, a probiotic, one pill a day.
I can understand how frustrating this problem is, having endured it for so long. Try the boric acid for two weeks and see if you don't notice a difference.
And one other thing, use Dove bar soap, no fragrance. Always wear cotton underwear and if you can go without underwear at night, go for it.
I've tried all the prescriptions the doctor gives you, and my husband and I both took Flagyl, this didn't work for me. Good luck and God bless."
[YEA] 10/28/2008: Felesha from Tulsa, OK: "I have had BV for 4 months now. I have tried everything... peroxide douch, folic acid, acidophilus, plus that terrible flagyl that makes your food taste like metal. I have found a doctor that struggles with BV and her words of wisdom is BORIC ACID. I have been taking it for 7 days and feel so much better. I still have another week to go. I'll keep you posted.
Also,I found a website on how to make your own Boric Acid capsules at http://community.livejournal.com/vaginapagina/4554521.html
I did not make my own. I had a prescription. I just wanted everybody to be aware of another alternative BORIC ACID."
[YEA] 01/15/2007: Liz from Atlanta, GA: "Boric acid really works to prevent bacterial vaginosis. Just insert one 600mg capsule half full before bedtime and the odor is gone."Replies
05/22/2008: Tonya from Okinawa, Japan replies: "Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies: HELP!!!! Where in the world would I get Boric Acid from? I looked here at the BX and the Commisary and neither one of these places have it. Since we are overseas, I wouldn't know where else to look. I bought Folic Acid, Acidophilus, Aspirin and Hydrogen Peroxide tonight and I will begin trying these remedies as I have fought with BV for years and I've about had it! I'm getting desperate for anything to work at this point. I will listen to anything! Any feedback is great! Thank you! ~Tonya"
[WARNING!] 06/02/2008: Michele from Atlanta, GA replies: "Please be careful about the Boric Acid....it really only helps with a Yeast Infection...from my experience."
[YEA] 10/06/2008: Tina from Hull, MA replies: "Hi, I have always been given boric acid by my gyn for bv. I've never used it for yeast."
12/22/2011: Dee from Wixom, Michigan, United States replies: "FYI - C-Boric acid capsules are now being prescribed by Gynecologists specializing in BV. It had previously been "an oldie but goodie" cure used for recurrent yeast infections (particularly in diabetic patients unable to take azole drugs). The pharmacist explained to me that it actually works to kill both yeast and bacteria (if used until the infection is completely gone) because nothing can live in boric acid for very long."