This post is for the ladies!
I think just about all of us have had a yeast infection before. Maybe you don’t get them often, and maybe you suffer from recurrent infections.
Well, I have a secret to share with you.
I have been a long time boric acid user.
SAY WHAT?!?!?! Boric acid, like that stuff that you use to kill roaches?
Well, yes, and no. But let me explain first.
I don’t ingest it. I buy empty capsules and make vaginal suppositories. But that probably doesn’t seem any less strange, does it?
I started using boric acid suppositories when I was 19. I had started to get yeast and BV infections frequently. It was a vicious cycle—I would get BV and take antibiotics, and then the antibiotics would cause a yeast infection. My pH always seemed to be out of whack, and I just couldn’t shake the infections. As soon as I thought I was cured, it would start back. I was going crazy. I’m sure most women can feel my pain on this one.
So I found out that some women use boric acid suppositories, and my gynecologist also recommended it, so I decided to give it a try. Any time I feel a little subpar down there, I just pop one of those bad boys in before bed time. AND if I make them myself they are super inexpensive. AND they work amazingly. AND there is no need for doctor visits and prescriptions of antifungals or antibiotics! Just stop by your local pharmacy and ask for boric acid (Local readers, try Pat’s Pharmacy.). (Get empty capsules here.)
Boric acid occurs naturally in the environment and it cannot absorb through the skin. Many people use it’s twin sibling, borax, in homemade, environmentally safe, cleaning and laundry products. Borax and boric acid are forms of the same substance, but they are used differently. Boric acid is the acidic form of borax—it is considered a very weak acid, and is used in the medical world as an anti-fungal. It is poisonous if ingested in absurdly large amounts. (But in that case, what isn’t poisonous in high amounts, you know what I mean? Think of it not being any more harmful than baking soda.) The success rate among women with recurrent infections, despite over the counter and prescription medication is high when using boric acid suppositories for a set period of time.
One day, despite the fact that I had been using boric acid on and off for years, an old friend came back for a visit. I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that when my digestive system started acting up, that my lady bits started getting a little crazy too. It was a sign that my gut was unhealthy. (I found out later that I had a candida infection in my gut. Read about that in an upcoming blog post.) I probably didn’t have much good bacteria in there. I had been taking a daily probiotic for some time, but I decided it was time to start doubling up. I needed to get more of that good bacteria inside me. I have a weakness for sweets and I knew the sugar I was eating was nourishing all of that bad bacteria in me—just exacerbating my digestive distress and my already prone-nature to developing yeast/ BV infections. So step one was to pump probiotics into my system. Step two was Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. I am also an avid apple cider vinegar user, but I decided to up my dosage. I started drinking 2 tablespoons (diluted in water) twice a day, instead of my usual one spoon in the morning. Apple cider vinegar is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics and can kill off bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It is also pH balancing, which makes for a happy body, but an especially happy vagina. Step 3 was going to be new to me. I started incorporating organic, unrefined coconut oil into my diet, as well as making suppositories out of the coconut oil. Coconut oil acts as a natural antibacterial/antifungal. I also use coconut oil for many other uses in my homemade recipes (read those here). Step 4 was the kicker. Again, it came back to my diet. I needed to eat cleaner and put good food in my system. And I needed to cut back on my sugar intake.
So for any ladies out there who are ready to rip their va-jay-jay out, try any combination (or all) of the following:
- Boric Acid Suppositories
- Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil (suppositories and ingested)
- Tea Tree & Coconut Oil Suppositories
- Tea Tree, Lavender, and Digize & Coconut Oil Suppositories
- A Good Probiotic
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (ingested)
- Lower Sugar Intake
Try a boric acid suppository every night for a week, and then you can just use them periodically for maintenance. I also really like making suppositories using essential oils and coconut oil. I just melt organic, unrefined coconut oil on low heat on the stove, mix in tea tree oil (3 drops per suppository), pour into a mold, and put in the refrigerator to harden. You can also make coconut oil suppositories without any added oils and just use them plain. Many people also like the recipe using 3 drops each of tea tree, lavender, and digize essential oils, diluted with coconut oil. I have also had success with this recipe and instant relief. I always either make my suppositories using my mold or I make them using empty capsules. Some people soak a tampon in the coconut oil/ essential oil solution and use this method. This is fine as well, but please only use ORGANIC tampons—don’t put any harmful chemicals in there! I’m not a fan of tampons, and since I switched to an all-natural method and started using the diva cup for my period, my painful periods ceased to be. (Read about that here!)
Yay for being a woman and yay for being able to have a healthy body!