Boric acid helps restore normal pH balance in the vagina and promotes good bacteria to help keep the microbiome healthy. It also limits the growth of yeast fungi like Candida albicans and Candida glabrata that cause yeast infections in women.
When used in combination with other antifungal medications, vaginal boric acid capsules can improve symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and reduce itching, burning, and discharge. It is especially effective for BV that’s resistant to antibiotics and has a low pH.
It can also help ease itching and burning caused by other conditions such as urethritis, prostatitis, or urinary tract infections. It can be taken as a vaginal suppository or as a capsule.
All You Need to Know About Vaginal Boric Acid Capsules for a Healthy Vagina
The capsules come with a single-use applicator. Insert the suppository as deeply as possible into your vagina, using the applicator to gently guide it into place. It may be a little uncomfortable or have a mild burning sensation, if it isn’t inserted deeply enough.
Symptoms typically start to clear within a week of starting treatment with boric acid. However, some women experience a recurrence of symptoms. Talk with your doctor about other treatments that can improve or resolve symptoms, such as topical flucytosine, an antifungal ointment.
Use of boric acid by mouth or in open wounds is toxic and should be avoided. It can also be toxic to an unborn baby.
Because of these risks, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. When used correctly, boric acid suppositories can help alleviate vaginal itching and burning, and can help prevent or treat recurrent yeast and bacterial infections.