Boric acid (H3BO3) has been used as a homeopathic treatment for vaginal infections, including yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis (BV), for over a century. It is also a popular ingredient in topical treatments like lotions, creams, medicated powders, astringents, and antiseptics.
How long do boric acid suppositories take to dissolve?
Bv treatment boric acid is caused by an imbalance of the vaginal bacteria, which results in a foul-smelling discharge. It can occur on its own or in conjunction with a yeast infection.
Some studies have shown that combining boric acid with antibiotics can treat both yeast infection and BV. However, it’s not yet FDA-approved for BV.
Over-the-counter Yeast Infection Suppositories
Boric acid comes as a suppository, much like those you may get from your doctor for an infection or those you can buy over-the-counter at a drugstore. You insert one into your vagina and let it sit for a few minutes.
Women who experience recurrent yeast infections often find that using a boric acid suppository once or twice a week helps prevent recurrence. This is because boric acid helps maintain a healthy pH balance in the vagina, which is important for a normal vaginal microbiome.
Other over-the-counter options for preventing recurrence include daily probiotics and eating a small amount of yogurt per day.
While boric acid may help prevent recurrence of BV, it should not be the first line of defense when treating yeast infections. It should always be a part of an overall treatment plan that includes antibiotics.