Research shows that conventional treatment for bacterial vaginosis has a success rate of approximately 70 to 80 percent after one month of treatment. On the other hand, a 2009 research study on the efficacy of 600 mg of boric acid (inserted into the vagina) in addition to antibiotics showed that the success rate with this combination therapy was 88 percent at 7 weeks and 92 percent at 12 weeks.
The author hypothesized that boric acid likely works by getting rid of bacterial mucus in the vagina, allowing the antibiotic to kill the pathogen more easily and effectively. In 2011, a group of researchers reviewed 14 studies on the use of boric acid for vulvovaginal candidiasis with cure rates ranging from 40 to 100 percent. However, this review did not assess the effectiveness of boric acid suppositories against the bacteria causing bacterial vaginosis.
Steps For Using Boric Acid Suppositories
Boric acid can be purchased over-the-counter or online inexpensively. It is available as gelatin suppositories for the treatment of vaginal infections. To insert a suppository:
- Make sure your hands are washed and dry.
- Either stand with your knees bent or lie down with your knees bent.
- Use your fingers or an applicator to insert a suppository as far as you can easily insert it.
- Never re-use an applicator. Dispose it properly.
- You may have some discharge so wearing a panty liner will help.
- Wash your hands when you are done.
Boric acid suppositories are easy to make using size 0 gelatin capsules and 600 mg of boric acid. You will typically need one capsule per day for one or two weeks.
Can Boric Acid Be Used Safely?
Boric acid is safe for insertion into the vagina, but toxic if taken orally. Ensure that boric acid is out of reach of pets and children. If someone accidentally ingests boric acid, go to the hospital immediately. This drug is not safe for use during pregnancy.
Before using boric acid suppositories for bv or to treat other infections, consult a doctor and follow his/her instructions.