How Effective Is Boric Acid for Yeast Infections?

Marlene Garcia
Marlene Garcia
Boric acid treatments can be made at home using gelatin capsules.
Boric acid treatments can be made at home using gelatin capsules.

Boric acid for yeast infections might prove successful, especially if used at the first sign of symptoms. Doctors commonly recommend boric acid for treating yeast infections that fail to respond to other medications and for infections that reoccur. Boric acid treats Candida albicans, the yeast that causes vaginal infection, and other fungi that might show resistance to prescription and non-prescription medication. Some research shows boric acid for yeast infections cured the condition in 98 percent of women tested.

Scented tampons may cause a yeast infection.
Scented tampons may cause a yeast infection.

This treatment can be concocted at home by filling gelatin capsules with boric acid, an antiviral and antifungal chemical. A capsule should be inserted into the vaginal canal before bedtime on two or three consecutive nights. Boric acid should not be ingested or used if open wounds are present.

When yeast infections reoccur within a couple of months, another therapy might be needed. Physicians commonly suggest vaginal medications for up to two weeks and long-term maintenance doses of oral or vaginal creams, suppositories, or oral drugs. Boric acid for yeast infections that keep coming back can be used twice a week as a preventative measure. In some cases, the infection returns after a woman stops the maintenance doses of boric acid or prescribed medication. More than four yeast infections a year are classified as recurrent.

Contracting an STD may cause a woman to also develop a fungal vaginal infection.
Contracting an STD may cause a woman to also develop a fungal vaginal infection.

Boric acid usually eases the intense itching that describes the most pronounced and troublesome symptom. Other symptoms include burning or pain during urination or while having sexual intercourse. Some women report a thick, curd-like discharge when a yeast infection appears. Doctors advise against oral sex when an infection is present because it could lead to thrush, an oral infection linked to yeast.

Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections.
Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections.

Candida albicans yeast in a woman’s vagina represents a normal condition in small amounts. An infection crops up when too much yeast begins growing and disrupts the normal balance of yeast and bacteria. The Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium controls the precise amount of healthy yeast, but this bacterium is sometimes killed when a woman takes antibiotics for an unrelated health problem. Yeast infections can be bothersome, but do not pose any serious health risks.

Oral sex during a yeast infection can lead to an oral infection called thrush.
Oral sex during a yeast infection can lead to an oral infection called thrush.

Yeast infections are common among pregnant women and women using estrogen as hormone replacement therapy. Pregnant women should not take oral antifungal medication because it poses a risk to the unborn child. Boric acid for yeast infections in pregnant women presents a safe alternative to prescribed oral medication and vaginal creams. If the condition does not resolve, tests can be done for other conditions, such as diabetes or sexually transmitted diseases that cause similar symptoms.

Women with diabetes are prone to yeast infections.
Women with diabetes are prone to yeast infections.

These infections might be prevented by keeping the vaginal area dry. Wet swimsuits or exercise clothing provide a warm, moist environment that encourages yeast to flourish. Cotton underwear helps keep air circulating to prevent infection. Doctors typically advise against using perfumed toilet paper, soap, feminine sprays, and scented tampons. Douching should also be avoided because it might disrupt the normal balance of yeast and bacteria.

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Discussion Comments

anon334112

It's probably a bacterial infection if it smells. But boric acid works for both, so I hope you had success.

anon323169

I started having yeast symptoms in 2011. I thought maybe it was just dirt around my vagina. after a while, I noticed this sticky, creamy white, foul-smelling discharge that came from my vagina. I got so scared because I didn't know anything about it.

I went and saw my gynecologist and she told me I had a yeast infection. After all the prescriptions, nothing has worked for me. I bought prophresh, which helps balance the yeast in females and actually does this, but right now I'm still suffering from this infection. I'm going to try boric acid and hopefully I will have a successful treatment.

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    • Boric acid treatments can be made at home using gelatin capsules.
      By: StockPhotosArt
      Boric acid treatments can be made at home using gelatin capsules.
    • Scented tampons may cause a yeast infection.
      By: noci0114
      Scented tampons may cause a yeast infection.
    • Contracting an STD may cause a woman to also develop a fungal vaginal infection.
      By: Peter Atkins
      Contracting an STD may cause a woman to also develop a fungal vaginal infection.
    • Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections.
      By: Radek Sturgolewski
      Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections.
    • Oral sex during a yeast infection can lead to an oral infection called thrush.
      By: adam88xx
      Oral sex during a yeast infection can lead to an oral infection called thrush.
    • Women with diabetes are prone to yeast infections.
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      Women with diabetes are prone to yeast infections.