expert this month is Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., health advisor
to yeastconnection.com and author of several books, including
Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments.
got vaginitis – again! I am so tired of this.
Have you got anything that will help?
A: A mild solution of boric acid has been used as a
home remedy for decades to treat vaginitis.
I can hear you now, thinking, “I don’t want
to put acid in my vagina!”
I don’t blame you, but I assure you that this
same mild acid solution is so gentle it’s commonly
used to treat eye irritations, eye infections and sties.
It’s safe for your eyes and then it’s safe
for your vagina. Boric acid has even been used in ointments
and salves to treat diaper rashes that are fungal in
If you Google “boric acid,” you’ll
find references that say it is toxic. Yes, it can be
in very strong doses, but you’ll be using a mild
The antifungal properties of boric acid have been well
researched. Primary among the research supporting boric
acid’s effectiveness is a Cornell University study
of 100 women with chronic yeast vaginitis who had failed
to respond to various over-the-counter or prescription
anti-fungal medicines, 98% successfully treated their
infections with boric acid suppositories over a period
of 2-4 weeks. Now, that’s impressive!
The authors said the lack of effectiveness of conventional
antifungal agents appears to be the main primary reasons
for these recurring vaginal yeast infections.
The authors concluded that boric acid is “clearly
the treatment of choice.” [Antifungal agents vs.
boric acid for treating chronic mycotic vulvovaginitis.
J Reprod Med 1977;36: pp.593-7]
Using boric acid can be a challenge – or not.
Generally, make sure you’ve cleansed all areas
of your genitals carefully and dried them.
A boric acid douche used to be the only way to address
is the most commonly recommended means of addressing
vaginal yeast. Make up a douche using 1 teaspoon of
boric acid powder (available at most drug stores) dissolved
in a pint of warm water (You have to boil the water
first for 15 minutes to make sure it is sterile). We
all know douching can be a real messy nuisance, so the
good news is that there’s an easier way.
Try a suppository, like our Yeast Arrest, to deliver
the right concentration of mild boric acid exactly where
it’s needed without mess or hassle. Yeast Arrest
is available through the YeastConnection.com
The suppositories melt at body temperature, coat the
inside of the vagina and the outer area of the labia
and even the hood of the clitoris, where yeast organisms
tend to accumulate, killing the yeast easily and painlessly,
and relieving external itching.
Use the suppositories or douches once a day for a mild
infection and twice a day for a more severe infection
for at least a week and keep using them at least two
days beyond when your symptoms are gone.
If recurrent vaginal yeast infections have been a problem,
you can use a suppository vaginally at bedtime, beginning
one week before your period.
In any case, you’ll probably want to use a panty
liner, since there can be some a slight amount of discharge
from the suppository not to mention your ongoing vaginal
discharge, which will soon be a thing of the past.
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