How to use boric acid suppositories? Boric acid suppositories are a popular treatment option for vaginal infections like yeast and bacterial vaginosis (BV). They’re often prescribed by ob-gyns to treat persistent or recurring symptoms, according to Kecia Gaither, MD, an ob-gyn in New York City.
Is boric acid good for feminine health?
They’re also a great solution for women who experience spotting when using antifungal creams, says Dr. Alexis May Kimble, medical director of the Kimble Center for Intimate Cosmetic Surgery in Manhattan.
Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungi Candida albicans or a more resistant strain called Candida glabrata. The yeast is normally in balance in the vagina and doesn’t cause problems, but when it gets out of hand, it can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, pain during sex, and abnormal discharge.
A condition that’s caused by the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina, bacterial vaginosis can cause itching, discharge, and fishy odor. Fortunately, boric acid suppositories can help fight these issues, by restoring the pH of your vagina and replenishing healthy flora.
How to Use a Boric Acid Suppository
The most common form of boric acid suppositories are oval-shaped, solid medical capsules that must be inserted into the vagina with a plastic applicator. The capsules dissolve into liquid as the vagina warms up due to body heat, which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
It’s safe to have sex while using this medication as long as the suppository has completely dissolved, but it’s recommended to wait 4-12 hours to avoid mild skin irritation. Using a condom can also help prevent pregnancy or STIs when used with this treatment.