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Boric acid for yeast infections is a remedy that will work; however, boric acid is a poison that is used to kill pests and used for other industrial processes. For a non-pregnant woman, it can be a plausible solution as there has been a lot of research showing it is pretty safe to use intravaginally. You don’t want to use it anywhere you have open cuts, as this will cause your body to absorb more boron than you want. A study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [1981, 141(2):145-148], showed that this treatment was safe for the women in the study to use, and that little boric acid was absorbed into the blood by vaginal boric acid treatments. The boric acid that did absorb into the blood had a half life of about 12 hours; hence, it did not stay long in the blood even when it did get absorbed.
If you are pregnant, especially if you are in the early stages of pregnancy, boric acid for a yeast infection is a HUGE mistake. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, boric acid use in the early stages of pregnancy is linked to about a 3 fold increase in the chance of your baby having birth defects. Thus, it is absolutely not wise to take this alternative remedy if you are pregnant; it just isn’t worth putting your baby or babies in danger.
Sarah Summer, an expert in natural remedies for yeast infections, cautions women who are thinking about using boric acid to cure their infection. We will talk more about Sarah and her safe, natural cure for yeast vaginitis later on in this article.
Potential Side Effects of Boric Acid
If you have a digestive system yeast infection and are thinking about taking high doses of boric acid to get rid of the Candida in your gut, you are very incorrect in your choice of remedy. Boric acid, when ingested, can cause severe negative physiological effects and even prove to be fatal. Make sure you never take boric acid orally in large amounts. And, if you do take small amounts, be sure to talk to a doctor first and follow their instructions.
Boric acid may also mimic estrogen in the body, and this can lead to aggravated Candida problems if you take it orally. Candida Hub has an entire article dedicated to the possible negatives of using boric acid for yeast infections. If you have the time, and are interested, check out this article: boric acid vaginal suppository side effects.
How Long Boric Acid Takes to Work
Boric acid as a yeast infection cure really isn’t the fastest or most reliable method. A significant minority of women who used boric acid intravagnially in studies did not get rid of their yeast infections. Although the majority of women using boric acid did get cured, it took 2 to 3 weeks to see results of this treatment. This cure is on the dangerous side and it takes a very long time to finally get rid of a yeast infection. Consequently, you would be wise to avoid boric acid and use a faster, safer natural remedy for yeast infections. Let’s talk about some research that provides us with statistics on boric acid vaginal treatments.
One study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Volume 189, Issue 5, November 2003, Pages 1297–1300), looked at 141 women who had tested positive for having Candida glabrata in their vagina. The women all took 600 mg tablets of boric acid intravaginally daily for 2 to 3 weeks. The results found that in one group of women 47 of 73 (64%) were successfully healed; the other group of women in the study had 27 of 38 women (71%) healed. The researchers reported that no advantage was achieved by extending the therapy from two weeks to three weeks. Thus, it is likely that you may be part of the minority of women who do not get healed of your yeast infection by using boric acid. And, if you will be helped, it will take a considerable amount of time to get cured.
Another study, the aforementioned study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [1981, 141(2):145-148], looked at the efficacy of boric acid for the treatment of Candida albicans induced vaginitis. A double-blind study was conducted. The women in the study took 600 mg intravaginal gelatin capsules on a daily basis for two weeks. Women were examined after treatment for symptoms. Of those studied, 92% of the women using boric acid were cured around 7 to 10 days after terminating treatment. Yet only 72% of the women remained free of symptoms at 30 days after treatment. This suggests that boric acid is not all that effective at stopping yeast infection recurrence; and, that a minimum of a two week therapy regimen is required to achieve a successful cure.
Another study focused on how well boric acid would ameliorate recurrent vaginal yeast infections. The study was a review of research on this topic and covered 14 different studies. The study was published in the Journal of Women's Health [20.8 (2011): 1245-1255]. The review found that women who used boric acid had mycological cure (the absence of yeast as determined by laboratory analysis) rates from 40% to 100%. The common regimen in the various studies analyzed was 600 mg of boric acid used intravaginally one or two times a day for a duration of 14 days. Concerning the rates of recurrence found by the research, they found no statistically significant difference between studies. Yeast infection recurrence rates for some studies were around 45%. Concerning adverse side effects vaginal reddening, water discharge, and vaginal burning sensations (in less than 10% of cases) were identified in 7 of the studies reviewed. The study concluded with the following statement:
In conclusion, the increase in clinically resistant Candida strains and the more frequent presence of non-albicans Candida in VVC necessitate revaluation of alternative therapeutic treatments. The present clinical evidence suggests that boric acid may be proposed as an effective, safe, and economic treatment of recurrent VVC.
Another study looked at how well boric acid would stack up to six other antifungal agents. The study was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology [33.4 (2013): 378-383]. The researchers acquired Candida species from vaginal cultures of 228 non-pregnant, sexually active females. There were 12 different species used, among them being Candida albicans and Candida glabrata. The women either had recurrent vaginal Candidiasis, acute (not recurrent) vaginal Candidiasis, or served as controls. Several micrograms per milliliter concentrations of boric acid were able to inhibit all of the species from all of the groups of women. Boric acid’s minimum inhibitory concentration ranged from 3.28 to 26.24 mcg / mL.
Another study documents the case of a 45 year old woman who had a vaginal infection for an entire year. The woman stated that she did not have any systemic condition like diabetes mellitus. The treatments she was put on included a variety of antifungal regimens for varying amounts of time. The laboratory findings showed that the woman had a Candida glabrata infection and that this strain was susceptible to fluconazole. Thus, this woman was put on a 200 mg a day regimen of oral fluconazole for 2 weeks. This treatment failed to terminate her symptoms. A combination of antifungal drugs was then tried on the woman for 2 more weeks. Yet, despite this approach, her laboratory findings remained positive for yeast and she still had symptoms. Laboratory tests revealed that the strain of Candida glabrata infecting the woman was resistant to multiple drugs. Boric acid was then tried on the woman. She was given 600 mg boric acid suppositories to insert into her vagina once a day for two weeks. The woman did respond well to the boric acid therapy; and, her symptoms greatly improved. A follow up swab obtained at 4 and 8 weeks remained culture negative (they did not grow yeast). The research had the following statement regarding this alternative therapy:
Vaginal insertion of 600 mg gelatin capsules of boric acid for 14 days has been shown to be effective in about 70% of cases. However, 30% of patients in one study, remained culture positive and many patients had a recurrence (Sobel and Chaim 1997). As the long-term effects of boric acid are unknown, a maintenance dose is currently not recommended… Boric acid capsules offer an inexpensive alternative in patients with C. glabrata vaginitis who are resistant to conventional azole group and amphotericin. However, the patient must be made aware of possible recurrences and lack of long-term safety with this drug.
How Much Boric Acid to Use Intravaginally
As both aforementioned studies used, 600 mg of boric acid inserted into the vagina, is what you should also use as well. This dosage level is the standard treatment course for intravaginal therapy. Concurrently, MedlinePlus recommends the following dosages intravaginally for the treatment of yeast infections:
- For vaginal yeast infections: 600 mg of boric acid powder one or two times a day.
- For help preventing recurrent Candida (yeast) infections: 600 mg twice weekly.
Make Boric Acid Capsules at Home!
If you insist upon using this acid, you can always procure some boric acid powder and put together a few capsules. Try and not go overboard with how much you use, don’t take more than 600 mg of this powder at a time ever. But, this product does have proven antifungal capability. But, you may still not be totally free from recurrent outbreaks of Candida. We have a whole article giving easy instructions on how to make capsules like this. You may have to wait for the product to ship, but once you have your boric acid powder (and some empty capsules), you can get started! Here is the page on this cool topic: How to Make Boric Acid Suppositories for Candida Curing.
A Safe, All Natural 12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure
Sarah Summer, the aforementioned yeast infection expert, recommends to not use boric acid to treat a yeast infection due to it being dangerous. Summer herself has done extensive research on yeast infections and the various ways to treat them. Her quest to understand Candidiasis stems back to her very own struggle with vaginal yeast infections.
For some time Sarah Summer was a victim of recurrent yeast infections. She often had to visit the doctor for her condition and regularly took all types of prescription antifungal medications. This went on for some time until Summer developed a very severe yeast infection. She went to her doctor and her physician informed her that this time her infection was different. Apparently the yeast had grown tendrils (known as hyphae) into her body and actually become a mold. Her doctor said that not only was this condition difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. Facing potentially a lifetime of harm from Candida, Summer decided to fight.
Together with her husband Robert, Sarah started extensively researching yeast infections. She hoped that by increasing her knowledge she would be able to find a solution. After over a year of practically living in a medical library, she was able to put together a treatment. What was novel about her solution was that it dealt with the root causes of her infection--not just symptoms prescription drugs and over the counter treatments did. And, this treatment worked!
Summer found that in just a few hours her symptoms began disappearing. Eventually, she was totally cured by her new method; and, her yeast infections stayed gone! She later found that as she shared her discovery, that women from all over the globe reported that her treatment stopped their yeast infections in just 12 hours. The response was so positive that she wrote a book detailing how to fight the root causes of Candidiasis and be free from the cycle of infection recurrence.
Summer wants to help, and she offers a 100% money back guarantee on her book for 8 weeks after you purchase it. Her book is electronic and is a downloadable PDF document. So you can have it instantly and start your own journey to healing right away. If, for any reason, you find Summer’s book unsatisfactory, you can get a prompt refund of your finances.
Summer’s book is published by a large publishing company which is a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. Keynetics is a U.S. based firm located in Idaho; they have been in business for many years and offer a fast, safe way to get Summer’s book if it interests you. You can also look at Sarah’s website and learn a little more about her story and why her treatments are so novel.
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- https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/894.html -- Medline Plus article on Boron -- intravaginal use causes birth defects
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14634557 -- Sobel, Jack D., et al. "Treatment of vaginitis caused by Candida glabrata: use of topical boric acid and flucytosine." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 189.5 (2003): 1297-1300.
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