If you’ve tried The Killer, you probably know that boric acid is the secret to a healthy, pH-balanced vagina–but what is boric acid, anyway? If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. To learn more about what makes boric acid so great, we asked our Love Wellness experts to answer your most frequent questions.
Q: What exactly is boric acid? Isn't acid dangerous?
A: Boric acid (or H3BO3) is a weakly acidic hydrate of boric oxide that acts as a strong antiviral and antifungal agent in the body. Boric acid has been used for over a hundred years for the treatment of vaginal infections. It is an inexpensive, easy to use, and accessible treatment for recurrent bacterial vaginosis and resistant yeast infections frequently caused by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata. Boric acid is a weak acid and has many medical uses with very few side effects, so don’t be scared by its name.
Q: How does boric acid work? How does it balance out vaginal flora?
A: Boric acid contains vagina-friendly bacteria called Lactobacilli, which helps restore the normal acid balance of the vagina and balance the vaginal flora. It also relieves annoying symptoms like itching, burning, and odor that may occur when a woman experiences a yeast infection or overgrowth of bacterial vaginosis. Boric acid also interferes with yeast’s natural life cycle, preventing it from overgrowing and causing an infection. By keeping normal vaginal flora in balance, it can help prevent recurrent vaginal infections.
Q: How often can I use boric acid?
A: Boric acid vaginal suppositories can be used daily for 7-14 days. If you have resistant yeast infections or recurrent bacterial vaginosis, your doctor may recommend a longer course than the typical 7-14 days. Some physicians use boric acid as a preventive measure for women and recommend inserting a boric acid suppository once or twice a week for 3-4 months. Women can also use a suppository immediately after intercourse to restore a normal vaginal pH and prevent the overgrowth of yeast and bacterial vaginosis.
Now that you’re armed with the facts, go forth and let boric acid solve your vagina woes!