Boric Acid Suppositories
Boric acid suppositories have long been used as a very effective solution for vaginal infections, and medical research on the topic dates back over 25 years. It has been used for vaginal yeast infections when conventional antifungal medications no longer work or are considered a nuisance. It has been reported that boric acid is effective in helping up to 98% of patients who have previously failed to respond to conventional antifungal agents. Since boric acid acts as a mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral agent, it is commonly used in the form of suppositories which is inserted in the vagina to treat a yeast infection. It is estimated that 75% of all women are likely to develop such infections over their lifetime, and about half of them will likely experience recurrent episodes. A simple and inexpensive boric acid suppository inserted in the vagina may provide relief.
Boric acid by the numbers:
Several published reports show that a 600 mg vaginal suppository provides symptomatic relief in just 24 hours. It takes approximately 10 days of treatment (one 600 mg suppository capsule inserted in the morning and another in the evening) to wipe out the infection. If the problem returns, a repeated course of treatment of two to three days might be needed. Treatment for active yeast infections with boric acid suppositories requires that one capsule be inserted as deeply as possible into the vagina in the morning and evening for about five to ten days. Women who suffer from recurrent yeast infections may use one capsule vaginally at bedtime twice weekly for prevention beginning two weeks prior to menstruation.
How do boric acid suppositories work?
As in all things medical, prevention is always easier than treatment. Yeast infections and BV are no exception to this rule. With a bit of planning and lifestyle change, prevention may be possible for you. Anything that disturbs the pH as well as the normal bacteria that live in the vagina can predispose you to an infection. Normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5. When the vaginal mucosa pH extends one way or the other on this narrow scale range, candida albicans ( major cause of yeast infection) or other opportunistic bacteria can overtake the vagina leaving you with an infection.
Think of your vagina as a bucket. If you fill the bucket with a bit of water here and there eventually the bucket will overflow. Keep adding triggers for your yeast infection and eventually your vagina will do the same. What can you do to prevent rather than treat your next flare up?
No douching. Your vagina is able to clean and regulate itself through the normal biological fluids that it creates and expels.
Practice good hygiene by always wiping front to back.
Feminine deodorant sprays, scented pads or tampons, colored or perfumed toilet paper, bubble bath, or scented body wash all contain dyes and perfumes which disrupt your vaginal pH. These should be avoided.
Your vagina is a dark and moist place which needs air circulation to regulate itself. Underwear that are tight fitting and non cotton disrupt this process. Consider going commando at night.
Avoid wearing tight fitting clothing for prolonged periods of time.
Limit excessive sugar and alcohol intake especially when your body is being bombarded by other influencing factors such as intercourse or menses.
Change out of wet bathing suits and exercise clothing as soon as possible.