Vaginal Health

Q: What is pH?

A: pH is a scale that indicates acidity and alkalinity. The range goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. Water has a pH of 7, which is generally referred to as pH neutral. A healthy vaginal pH value is somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5, well into the acidic range. The cause for this is the good bacteria living in the vagina that produce lactic acid and reduce the pH value.

Q: Why is pH value important?

A: The acidic environment of the vagina is a natural barrier to infection and irritation, since it represses the growth of bad bacteria which prefer a less acidic environment. This means that as long as our good bacteria count is high and the vaginal pH is acidic, bad bacteria have a very slim chance of overgrowing, making the chance of infection low. As soon as the vaginal pH is increased above the value of 4.5, bad bacteria take the opportunity to develop and grow, eventually causing an infection. This can result in symptoms such as discharge, odor, itching and other vaginal discomforts. Changes in pH value are often connected to bacterial vaginosis.

Q: What causes changes in pH?

  • Intercourse: The alkaline pH value of semen is usually around 7.1-8. This can disturb the acidic environment of the vagina and stimulate BV-causing bacteria.
  • Menstruation: Blood has a pH of 7.4, so during your period, vaginal pH becomes elevated.
  • Menopause: Can cause a reduction in estrogen levels which can reduce the numbers of lactobacilli, and eventually cause an increase in vaginal pH (thus, reduction in acidity).
  • Douching and cleansers: Anytime water or other liquids are put into the vagina, it can affect your vaginal pH.
  • Antibiotics: Prescription antibiotics kill the bad bacteria, but also the good ones that are responsible for keeping your vagina acidic and healthy.

pH-D Boric Acid Suppositories

Q: How does boric acid work?

A: Boric acid is a compound found in seawater and that naturally helps to restore normal vaginal balance. When the vagina's normal balance is restored, helpful bacteria thrive, preventing odor and other feminine issues. Each pH-D suppository contains 600 mg of USP grade boric acid which is the therapeutic amount recommended by doctors including Dr Arumala.

Q: Is it safe to use pH-D on a regular basis?

A : Yes, you can use pH-D 2-4 times per week. It is effective in preventing and eliminating feminine odor caused by: menstruation, intercourse, exercise and vagina imbalance during menopause.

Q: How long should you use pH-D?

Use the suppositories until you are asymptomatic. We tell our customers that you can use for 1-2 days after symptoms subside just in case. For preventative use, we recommend using 2-4 suppositories per week, especially if you are prone to infections. Additionally, a lot of our customers use our suppositories when there could be an issue with vaginal imbalance, such as during or after your period, after intercourse, pre-menopause or during menopause, during antibiotic use or if customers use an IUD.

Q: What is the recommended dosage of pH-D?

A : 600 mg of boric acid is the recommended dosage, which is included in each suppository. The CDC says that you can use vaginal boric acid up to 14 consecutive days. For acute cases we recommend using until patients are asymptomatic. Usually results will be seen in 2-7 days.

Q: When and how often should I insert the pH-D suppository?

A : We recommend using one suppository at night. For acute cases you can use one suppository every 12 hours. We would recommend wearing a panty liner, especially when using during the day as there may be mild discharge.

Q: How is pH-D different from other boric acid suppositories?

  • We are the first to make pre-compounded boric acid Vaginal Suppositories
  • Only 600mg boric acid suppository available at retail
  • Made in a FDA registered facility that we own and operate
  • Small gelatin capsule measuring less than one inch
  • Female founder and CEO

Q: What is a suppository? How do I use one?

A: The pH-D boric acid suppository is a solid dosage form that looks like a pill capsule and that is inserted into the vagina where it dissolves.

Typically, a suppository is used overnight so it can dissolve while you sleep, but you certainly can use during the daytime. We recommend inserting 1 suppository into the vagina at night and to use if for 2-4 nights or until your symptoms subside. A suppository can be inserted using your fingers or else with an applicator similar to using a tampon. A suppository typically dissolves in 4-12 hours, but each woman is individual, and times maybe be longer or shorter.

Q: What are some possible boric acid suppository side effects?

A: Some women may experience side effects such as watery discharge (that resolves spontaneously after treatment), redness, mild burning, or gritty residue in your vagina. We do recommend using a panty liner after usage.

For those who do experience mild burning or irritation, it usually is caused when the suppository is not inserted far enough into your vagina.

Q: I used a suppository and have experience some spotting, should I be concerned?

A : A small percentage of women experience spotting when using boric acid suppositories. It is safe to continue use if you are comfortable doing so. However, if it worsens or you begin to experience burning or irritation, we recommend you discontinue use.

Q: I used a suppository and have experienced some bleeding, should I be concerned?

A small percentage of women experience spotting and/or bleeding when using boric acid suppositories. It is safe to continue use if it is slight and you are comfortable doing so. However, discontinue use if it worsens and becomes more pronounced. Also, discontinue use if you experience burning or irritation.

Q: Is boric acid safe?

Boric acid has been used for decades by healthcare professionals for vaginal odor and as a result, there are many studies that have been conducted on its safety and efficacy. Our product is recommended by thousands of doctors and nurse practitioners in women’s health.

Q: Can I have sex while taking pH-D suppositories? Oral sex?

A: Yes, you can have sex (including oral sex) after using pH-D. However, it is important to make sure the suppository has completely dissolved before doing so to avoid mild skin irritation. It can take anywhere from 4-12 hours to dissolve, but each woman is individual, and times may be longer or shorter.

Q: Will it affect my birth control pill??

A: Our product will not affect your birth control pill.

Q: Can I use boric acid suppositories with my Nuvaring®?

A : We are not aware of the potential impact boric acid may have on your Nuvaring and its effectiveness. Please consult your healthcare provider or the manufacturer of Nuvaring.

Q: Is it safe to use them if I currently have an IUD birth control?

A: Yes, it is safe to use with an IUD.

Q: Can boric acid impact or break down condoms?

A: It may in fact break down a condom, so we recommend making sure it has completely dissolved before having sex. This can be anywhere from 4-12 hours to dissolve, but each woman is individual, and times may be longer or shorter.

Q: Will boric acid treat or prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or pregnancy?
A: No!

Q: Can you use boric acid suppositories while pregnant?

A : There have not been enough studies done on boric acid with pregnancy. We would not recommend using boric acid suppositories during pregnancy.

Q: Is it safe to have intercourse after I have inserted the suppository?

A : We recommend refraining from intercourse until after the suppository has completely dissolved. This takes between 4-12 hours.

Q: Is it safe to nurse my child and use this product?

A : Please consult your healthcare provider if you are nursing or pregnant.

Q: Is there a time in my life when I should not use boric acid suppositories?
A: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant you should discuss the use of boric acid with your healthcare provider. Boric Acid is US FDA pregnancy category as “not classified.” , meaning there is not enough data to know the risks of potential fetal harm.

Q: Can I use boric acid during my period?
A: It is safe to use boric acid while on your period, but if you are not comfortable, you can wait until your period ends to use boric acid again.

Q: Where are pH-D Boric Acid Suppositories made?

A : All pH-D Feminine Health products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Our products are manufactured in-house at our own FDA-registered facilities, located in Nebraska and Tennessee, ensuring the highest quality standards.

Q: Where can I purchase boric acid vaginal suppositories?

A : pH-D Feminine Health provides the highest quality boric acid suppositories and applicators through our website and through retailers such as CVS, Target and Amazon. (link to Where to Buy)

Q: I bought the applicators and read they are reusable, how do I clean them?

A : To clean the applicators, you can put them in the dishwasher, wash with soap and warm water or boil in water for a few minutes. Our applicators do pull into two pieces if you pull hard! They will pop back together, too.

Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse

Q: How does the Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse work?

A: Uncap the container with the solution and remove the seal. Remove overwrap on nozzle and twist onto the container with solution. Insert the nozzle into your vagina and dispense the boric acid rinse solution. Solution should flow out of the vagina.

Q: Is the Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse vegan?

A: Yes, it is vegan, paraben-free and cruelty free.

Q: How is this feminine health product different from your pH-D Boric Acid Suppositories?

A: Feminine odor can be caused by menstruation, intercourse, exercise or vaginal imbalance during menopause. pH-D Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse is effective in eliminating odor and can also be used to restore vaginal balance, to cleanse vaginal secretions and to provide vaginal freshness anytime, like before intercourse. Unlike waiting 4-12 hours for a pH-D suppository to dissolve, the Odor Rinse offers a one-time use for instant vaginal freshness.

Q: Where is pH-D Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse made?

A: All pH-D Feminine Health products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Our products are manufactured in-house at our own FDA-registered facilities, located in Nebraska and Tennessee, ensuring the highest quality standards.

Q: Can you use this product throughout pregnancy?

A: There have not been enough studies done on boric acid with pregnancy. We would not recommend using this product during pregnancy.

Q: Is it safe to have intercourse after I use the Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse?

A: Yes. Unlike our Boric Acid Suppositories that need to completely dissolve (4-12 hours) before you should engage in intercourse, our Instant Vaginal Odor Rinse can give you instant freshness before intercourse.

Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray

Q: When should I use the pH-D Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray?

A: Use it anytime you want to feel fresh and confident.

Q: How does the pH-D Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray eliminate and prevent vaginal odor?

A: Our spray is made with Amezol®, a remarkable compound made up of natural peptide and amino acid derivatives that uniquely and safely eliminate odor. Our spray also contains boric acid (the ingredient in our #1 Best Selling pH-D Boric Acid Suppositories) to help eliminate and prevent feminine odor.

Q: Where do I put the pH-D Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray?

A: Spray the product 8-12 inches from your vagina.

Q: How does this spray differ from other feminine sprays on the market?

A: Rather than masking odor, pH-D Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray eliminates it.

Q: Where is pH-D Holistic Feminine Deodorant Spray made?

A: All pH-D Feminine Health products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Our products are manufactured in-house at our own FDA-registered facilities, located in Nebraska and Tennessee, ensuring the highest quality standards.

Holistic Menopause Support

Q: What does pH-D Holistic Menopause Support do?

A: It promotes the reduction of hot flashes, irritability, mood swings and night sweats.

Q: How often should I take the pH-D Holistic Menopause Support product?

A: Take two capsules daily with or without food.

Q: I read that your product contains adaptogenic herbs. What is that?

A: Adaptogenic herbs, also referred to as “adaptogens,” are defined as agents that support the body's ability to accommodate varying physical and emotional stresses. These herbs are used to support one's energy and better handle stress.

Q: Where is pH-D Holistic Menopause Support made?

A: All pH-D Feminine Health products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Our products are manufactured in-house at our own FDA-registered facilities, located in Nebraska and Tennessee, ensuring the highest quality standards.