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How Often Can You Use Boric Acid Suppositories?

How Often Can You Use Boric Acid Suppositories?

Boric acid suppositories have been used for decades to treat common vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. They’re a natural and effective way to support the balance of the vaginal flora, and many women use them to ease uncomfortable symptoms.

But how often can you use boric acid suppositories, and is it safe for long-term use? Read on to learn more about this popular home remedy. 

What Are Boric Acid Suppositories?

Boric acid suppositories are small capsules made from boric acid, a naturally-occurring compound found in various minerals and water sources. 

These suppositories are placed directly into the vagina to soothe symptoms of infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. They work by contributing to an acidic environment in the vaginal canal, which helps to kill off harmful bacteria and yeast while supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Boric acid suppositories have been used successfully for many years, and numerous scientific studies have shown their efficacy in soothing vaginal infections. It's important to note, however, that boric acid suppositories are not a cure-all for all vaginal infections and should only be used after getting the go-ahead from your healthcare provider.

Frequency and Long-Term Use

When it comes to how often you can use boric acid suppositories, the answer can be a little vague. This largely depends on the severity of your infection, as well as other factors, such as what type of infection you are treating and how long you've been dealing with it. 

In general, boric acid suppositories can be used on a short-term basis (usually for no more than seven days) for occasional mild infections. For more serious infections, it's a good idea to consult your doctor or gynecologist for a tailored treatment plan.

In terms of long-term use, there is very little information available about the safety of using boric acid suppositories on an ongoing basis. Some medical professionals recommend using them for no more than two weeks at a time with a break in between, but this is not based on any scientific evidence. 

Ultimately, it's best to check with your doctor before using boric acid suppositories for extended periods of time.

What Are the Benefits of Using Boric Acid Suppositories?

Now that you know how often to use boric acid suppositories, let's go over the potential benefits of using them.

1. Calm Yeast Infections

One of the most commonly cited benefits of boric acid suppositories is their effectiveness in easing symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeast, and traditional treatments such as antifungal creams and medication can be harsh on the body.

Boric acid suppositories — such as The Killer® — can help to restore balance in the vaginal environment, killing off the overgrowth of Candida while also soothing irritation.*

2. Soothe Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis 

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition that occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted, leading to a variety of symptoms such as itching, burning, and discharge. Boric acid suppositories can help to soothe these symptoms by supporting the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

3. Help Soothe Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a protozoan parasite. While it's treatable with antibiotics, boric acid suppositories can help to ease the discomfort and itching associated with this infection.

4. Easy To Use

Another great benefit of boric acid suppositories is that they are easy to use. Simply insert one before bedtime and let it dissolve overnight. This makes them a convenient option for those who don't want to deal with messy creams or oral medications.

In addition, this natural remedy is affordable and can be purchased without a prescription. As a result, boric acid suppositories are a popular choice for those who want to address their discomfort efficiently and easily.

5. Natural and Non-Toxic

Unlike other treatments for vaginal infections, these suppositories are made from natural ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals or drugs. As a result, they carry very few risks when used correctly.

Who Shouldn't Use Boric Acid Suppositories?

Although boric acid suppositories can be a helpful treatment for some conditions, there are certain groups of people who shouldn't use them. 

These include:

  • Pregnant women. Boric acid suppositories have not been extensively studied on pregnant women, so it's important to consult your doctor before using them during pregnancy. 
  • Women with severe vaginal dryness. Boric acid suppositories can sometimes cause dryness and irritation of the vagina, so if you experience vaginal dryness, use them with caution.
  • People with allergies. Individuals with known allergies to boric acid should avoid using these suppositories to prevent an allergic reaction.
  • Those with a weakened immune system. People with weakened immune systems, such as those who have HIV or are undergoing chemotherapy, should avoid using boric acid suppositories, as boric acid can make them more susceptible to infections.

Note: Keep boric acid suppositories out of reach of children and pets, as ingesting boric acid can be quite dangerous. If boric acid is accidentally ingested, contact a poison control center immediately.

How Can You Use Boric Acid Suppositories?

To use boric acid suppositories, first wash your hands and the vaginal area with gentle soap and water — or better yet, use our gentle pH Balancing Cleanser™. Then, lie down on your back with your knees bent, or stand with one foot elevated.

Hold the suppository in one hand and — using the applicator — gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. It may be helpful to use your index finger to guide the suppository into place. Once the suppository is inserted, remain lying down or standing for at least 15 minutes to allow the suppository to dissolve and begin working.

If using boric acid suppositories as part of a treatment plan, follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding frequency and duration of use. If you experience any discomfort or irritation while using boric acid suppositories, discontinue use and consult your doctor.

The Bottom Line

Boric acid suppositories are an excellent treatment option for vaginal infections. However, you should use them under the direction of a qualified healthcare provider to minimize unwanted side effects. 

They should be used for no more than seven consecutive days and not as a preventive measure. Women should also practice good vaginal hygiene to prevent the recurrence of vaginal infections. 

At Love Wellness, we understand how uncomfortable vaginal infections can be, and we're dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. From suppositories to Skincare for Down There™, we've got you covered. Always.

Sources:

Boric Acid Suppositories: Uses & Side Effects | Cleveland Clinic

Boric Acid for Vaginal Yeast Infection | Kaiser Permanente

STD Facts - Trichomoniasis | CDC

Bacterial vaginosis - Symptoms and causes | Mayo Clinic

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