Bacterial Vaginosis

Boric Acid for Yeast Infection: What We Know

Pelvic Floor Doctor
Medically Reviewed By Dr. Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC

For many women, vaginal yeast infections are a frequent, unwelcome part of life. Fortunately, there are treatment options that can provide lasting relief from stubborn, recurring infections.   

What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections?

Vaginal yeast infections (also called candidiasis) are very common and affect 3 out of 4 women in their lifetimes, often more than once. These infections are caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida, a naturally occurring yeast found in the vagina.

Under normal, healthy conditions, the growth of Candida is held in check by bacteria in the vagina. However, disruptions to this healthy balance cause yeast cells to multiply, leading to infection. 

Causes

Possible causes of imbalance include antibiotic use, stress, pregnancy, hormonal changes, oral contraceptive use, a weakened immune system, uncontrolled diabetes, or poor eating habits.

Symptoms

Symptoms of yeast infections can range in severity and include itching and irritation of the vagina and vulva; burning sensations during urination and intercourse; thick, white, discharge with a cottage cheese appearance; and redness and swelling of the vulva. 

Some other conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections can have some similar symptoms, so it is important to be examined by a qualified medical provider to reach an accurate diagnosis. 

If left untreated, these conditions could lead to harmful complications. Long-term complications from untreated yeast infections are rare, but the symptoms can be distressing. 

Treatment of Vaginal Yeast Infections

The typical first line of treatment for yeast infections is an anti-fungal medication, either applied vaginally in the form of a cream, tablet, or suppository, or in a single-dose oral form. Vaginal applications are available either over the counter or by a prescription. 

In some cases, these anti-fungal treatments alone are not enough to stop severe or recurring yeast infections. In these cases, treatment with medical-grade boric acid vaginal suppositories, such as Intimate Rose Boric Balance capsules, can be a safe and effective way to resolve persistent infections and provide welcome relief from symptoms. 

What is Boric Acid?

Boric acid is a natural chemical that can be used as a topical anti-fungal or antimicrobial agent to treat certain conditions, such as athlete’s foot or wounds. It has been used for decades, along with antibiotics, to treat bacterial vaginosis, a common bacterial infection in the vagina. 

It has also been found to be a safe, effective treatment for recurrent vaginal yeast infections or infections that do not respond to first line anti-fungal treatments (CDC, 2015; Iovazzo et al, 2011). Boric acid acts to inhibit the growth of yeast in the vagina and restores optimal vaginal pH. 

Recent research has found that using boric acid suppositories to treat recurrent yeast infections is well-tolerated and has a high satisfaction rate for resolution of symptoms, even when used for a year or more (Powell et al., 2019). It offers a safe, accessible, and affordable treatment option for persistent infections.

What Do I Need to Know About Using Boric Acid Suppositories?

It is extremely important that only pharmaceutical grade, pre-made boric acid vaginal suppositories are used to treat vaginal yeast infections. It can be dangerous, or even fatal, to attempt to make them yourself.

Boric acid suppositories may cause some side effects such as vaginal discomfort, a burning sensation after inserting the capsule, or a watery discharge. However, these effects tend to be mild and are uncommon. 

Boric acid suppositories should not be used if you are experiencing fever, nausea, vaginal bleeding unrelated to menstruation, any sexually transmitted disease, pelvic disease, heart disease, blood vessel disorders, or open sores in the vagina. While undergoing treatment, you should also refrain from sexual intercourse or douching. They can be safely used with an IUD. 

Intimate Rose Boric Balance vaginal suppositories can help you get your vaginal health back on track. These 100% vegan capsules are pharmaceutical grade, made in the U.S.A. in an FDA-certified facility, and come with seven plastic applicators to allow for easy, mess-free insertion and proper placement of the capsule. 

With the use of Intimate Rose Boric Acid Suppositories for BV, you can safely restore chemical balance to your vaginal area, eliminate recurrent yeast infections and their unpleasant symptoms, and get back to enjoying life.

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References

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Vulvovaginal Candidiasis.https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/candidiasis.htm

Iavazzo, C., Gkegkes, I. D., Zarkada, I. M., & Falagas, M. E. (2011). Boric acid for recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis: the clinical evidence. Journal of Women's Health, 20(8), 1245–1255.

Powell, A., Ghanem, K. G., Rogers, L., Zinalabedini, A., Brotman, R. M., Zenilman, J., & Tuddenham, S. (2019). Clinicians' use of intravaginal boric acid maintenance therapy for recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 46(12), 810–812.