It’s that time of the month again when Aunt Flo makes her appearance, bringing all the baggage she may drag along with her like cramps, mood swings, acne, and that one thing that can make anyone self-conscious—a distinct odor (no pun intended). For some, the vaginal odor produced during the menstrual cycle is mild and fairly unnoticeable, but for others, it can be stronger and cause uneasiness. Normal, healthy period odors have been described as having a slight metallic smell (this is due to the iron content of blood), “sweaty gym,” onions, or salty. This is due to the combination of uterine lining tissues and blood-shedding through the vagina and mixing with healthy bacteria, called the microbiome, in the vagina and vulva (the outside area of the vagina).
The good news is that, like the period itself, vaginal odor associated with the period is usually just as temporary. Practicing good hygiene, wearing breathable clothing, and staying hydrated can help control and prevent unpleasant odors during your period, but adding boric acid suppositories to your hygiene regimen can also improve your vaginal health. Boric acid suppositories have many beneficial uses, including controlling odor—but can you use boric acid on your period? In this article, you can learn more about using boric acid solutions while on your period.
Boric acid used as homeopathic vaginal suppositories
Boric acid has many uses and is a weak acid that is water soluble. It is a very common, accessible product with many uses due to it being a natural compound found in seawater.
One of pH-D’s most popular and #1 doctor recommended products on the market is Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories. These suppositories are small capsules of dissolvable bovine gelatin containing a recommended 600 mg of boric acid to be inserted into the vagina as a holistic solution for vaginal odor and overall vaginal health. Use the suppositories until you are odor free. If you are prone to vaginal odor, you can insert 2-4 suppositories per week. It is safe to use boric acid suppositories on a regular basis for vaginal odor.
What is boric acid?
So what is boric acid? For those who are unfamiliar, boric acid is a common compound that is found in seawater. It is a compound that has been used for over 100 years. In its purest form, boric acid is a white powder that is both colorless and odorless. Boric acid is a common and safe ingredient when used as directed. It is used in a variety of cosmetic products as well as feminine care products to help control vaginal odor.
Can you use boric acid while on your period?
It is safe to use boric acid suppositories while you are on your period, however, it is important that you know how to insert boric acid suppositories properly. You can use them as directed the same way you use them between periods. Insert one boric acid suppository per day, preferably before bedtime, until odor free. If needed, insert one suppository every 12 hours. Boric acid suppositories can be inserted into the vagina with or without an applicator.
Inserting a boric acid suppository with an applicator
- To insert a pH-D Boric Acid Vaginal Suppository using an applicator, remove the wrapping from the provided applicator.
- Take one vaginal suppository and insert it into the open end of the applicator.
- Stand with your feet spread apart or lie on your back with your knees bend and hold the applicator by the opposite end from where the suppository is.
- Gently insert the applicator into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Push the plunger to insert the suppository and remove the applicator.
- To clean the reusable applicators, you can put them in the dishwasher, wash them with soap and warm water, or boil them in water for a few minutes. pH-D applicators can be separated into two pieces for cleaning. Once the applicator is clean and dry, it can be reassembled for the next use.
Inserting a boric acid suppository without an applicator
- Wash your hands thoroughly to ensure they are clean.
- Take one boric acid capsule and insert it into the vagina like you would a tampon. You can insert the suppository standing up with your feet spread apart or by lying on your back with your knees bent.
- Using your fingers, insert the suppository into the vagina and push it up until you can’t feel it anymore.
Will boric acid suppositories start or stop your period?
Using vaginal boric acid will not start or stop your period. A small percentage of women experience spotting or bleeding when using boric acid suppositories. It is safe to continue use if you are comfortable doing so and if the bleeding is slight or minimal in combination with your typical menstrual flow. However, if your menstrual flow changes from the typical range expected for your body, if the bleeding worsens, or if you experience vaginal discomfort, burning, or more pronounced bleeding, we recommend you discontinue use and consult with a physician.
How to use boric acid suppositories during your period
It is safe to use boric acid suppositories while on your period, but if you are not comfortable, you can wait until your period ends to use them again and use our Boric Acid Instant Odor Rinse to eliminate odor. If you typically use tampons during your period, you can use tampons or pads after inserting a boric acid suppository. A boric acid suppository usually takes between 4-12 hours to completely dissolve in the vagina.
You should be aware of the boric acid side effects that can result. Often harmless, the most common side effects include:
- Mild burning or redness and irritation. This may occur if the suppository was not inserted far enough into the vagina or if you have any irritated tissue in the vagina or vulvar area.
- Watery leakage or discharge. Wearing a panty liner is recommended.
Do not use vaginal boric acid or stop using it immediately if you have:
- Any signs of an allergic reaction. Some women do experience mild irritation.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
- Any new or worsening symptoms, or symptoms that go away and come back.
- Any open sores, wounds, or ulcerations in your vaginal area
- Pain or tenderness in your pelvis or lower abdomen
- Vaginal bleeding not related to menstruation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- An active sexually transmitted disease or infection
- Of the age before you begin your menstrual cycle
Boric acid suppositories will not prevent or treat any sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted infection, or pregnancy.
Do not take boric acid vaginal suppositories by mouth or insert a suppository if you have open wounds, ulcerations, or lacerations on the vulva, labia, or inside the vagina. Keep this item safely out of the reach of children. If swallowed, seek immediate medical attention.