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Boric Acid Side Effects To Be Aware Of

One of the most common issues surrounding vaginal health and wellness is managing vaginal odor. Because the vulva and vagina are generally moist, warm, and not exposed to much light and covered by some layers of clothing, it is normal that it may have a natural, mild odor that is mostly unnoticeable. But certain triggers can cause the odor to be stronger at times, such as heavy sweating, wearing a wet swimsuit for long periods of time, and wearing tight clothing. Unfortunately, many women feel embarrassed about their vaginal odor and hesitate to seek professional guidance on ways to properly care for and manage their vaginal health. There are several myths and no lack of inaccurate and false information about vaginal health, support, and management, so finding a reliable and safe source of information to care for this incredibly sensitive area is extremely important, especially if you’re unable to consult with a healthcare professional immediately.

The vaginal area, including the labia and vulva (the outer, exposed area), contains sweat glands and a unique microbiome of healthy bacteria that keep the area healthy, lubricated, and protected from harmful bacteria. Odor is one of the most common feminine care concerns women bring to their healthcare providers, and pH-D’s goal is to normalize the conversation about vaginal odor because many women feel shame about it. A holistic solution for this problem is vaginal boric acid products, which are safe as well as doctor recommended. pH-D Feminine Health vaginal products that include boric acid are available at over 50,000 retailers in the USA and Canada, including Publix, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Target, HEB, Meijer, and Amazon.

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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 ingredient 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 wellness. Insert one vaginal boric acid capsule per day 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 powder 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.

Certain cleansing methods, such as using heavily scented soaps, mask odors instead of neutralizing them and can cause irritation. Boric acid suppositories contain one simple ingredient: boric acid, which is proven to assist with odor. Different feminine products containing boric acid have different uses, but all involve controlling vaginal odor. pH-D Feminine Health was the first brand to make Boric Acid Suppositories available to women in 2014, and we’ve continued to grow our product offerings to make sure there’s a boric acid solution that fits into every woman’s lifestyle! For example, Boric Acid Moisturizing Suppositories include Vitamin E and coconut oil for the added benefit of moisture and feeling comfortable. Holistic Body Wipes are great for everyday, on-the-go use to freshen up and gently cleanse the exterior part of the vagina (the vulva). 

It is important that you know how to insert boric acid suppositories properly. Boric acid can be harmful if swallowed, but it can be safely used in vaginal suppository form by women as a solution for vaginal odor. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use boric acid. Keep in mind that you should never use boric acid or other similar suppositories if you have sores, ulcerations, open wounds, or if you have a sensitivity or allergy.

While boric acid has been long recommended for vaginal health, it's important to understand its possible side effects. Read on to learn more.

What are the side effects of boric acid?

You should be aware of the side effects that boric acid suppositories can have. Often harmless, the most common side effects include:

  •   Mild burning or redness and irritation. This may occur if the boric acid suppository was not inserted far enough into the vagina or if you have any irritated tissue in the vagina or vulvar area.
  • Watery vaginal discharge or leakage. Inserting at night and wearing a panty liner is recommended.
  • Irritation to your partner. It is important to ensure the suppository is completely dissolved before becoming intimate with your partner. The time for it to dissolve depends on the woman and can take 4-12 hours. If you don’t want to wait that long, we suggest using the Boric Acid Instant Odor Rinse instead.

If you are wondering, “Why does boric acid cause watery discharge?” read our guide.

Who shouldn’t use boric acid vaginal suppositories?

Do not use boric acid suppositories or stop using them immediately if you have:

  •   Any signs of an allergic reaction. Some women do experience minor 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 infection or disease
  •   Of the age before you begin your menstrual cycle

If you use Nuvaring® vaginal birth control, we are not aware of the potential impact boric acid may have on its effectiveness, so consult with your healthcare provider or the manufacturer of Nuvaring® before use.

Boric acid suppositories can be safely used with an intrauterine device (IUD) birth control.

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. However, if it worsens or you begin to experience vaginal irritation, burning, or more pronounced bleeding, we recommend you discontinue use and consult with a physician.

Can you use boric acid on your period? It is safe to use boric acid on your period, but if you are not comfortable, wait until your period ends to use them again. 

It is safe to have sexual intercourse and oral sex once the boric acid suppository has completely dissolved. This can take anywhere from 4-12 hours. If you have sexual intercourse or oral sex before the boric acid suppository has completely dissolved, there may be some mild irritation or burning for your partner. Additionally, with oral sex, it is recommended to wait until the boric acid suppository is completely dissolved, as there is potential for your partner to ingest a small amount if not dissolved completely. 

Boric acid may break down the effectiveness of a condom, so again, it is recommended that the boric acid suppository is completely dissolved before having intercourse with a condom.

Boric acid suppositories will not prevent or treat any sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted infection, or pregnancy.

Recent research has shown that no serious side effects have been reported when boric acid solution is used as directed as a holistic vaginal suppository for vaginal odor. 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.

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pH-D Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories are the #1 doctor recommended brand of boric acid vaginal suppositories with over 10,000 clinics recommending pH-D Boric Acid Suppositories to their patients. Take on each day feeling your most confident and comfortable!

Do you have other pressing questions about boric acid vaginal suppositories? We would love to hear from you! You can reach us at info@phdfemininehealth.com.