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Boric Acid Alternatives: Natural BV Symptom Relief

Written by Jordan Liffengren Oct 25, 2023

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Struggling to find relief from stubborn BV? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to work? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We make natural alternatives to relieve common (and frustrating!) vaginal infection symptoms that we can’t wait to share with you!  

Maybe your doctor recommended boric acid suppositories, or you stumbled upon them in your research, but aren’t quite sure if they’re the right choice for you. All you know is that you need some answers, stat! Let’s talk about boric acid and boric acid alternatives so we can finally kick these recurrent vaginal infections to the curb.  

Understanding The Cause of Bacterial Vaginosis 

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection and is caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Researchers only know that BV correlates with sex and the bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis. Other potential related bacteria include Lactobacillus, Prevotella, and Streptococcus viridans

It’s estimated that up to 1 in 3 women will have BV in their lifetime. This infection is likely to recur, as research indicates that around 50% of women who have a BV infection will have a recurrent case of BV within six months of their initial diagnosis. 

Common symptoms of BV include: 

  • Fishy Odor 
  • Elevated Vaginal pH 
  • Itching 
  • Burning while Urinating 
  • Thin, Greyish/White Discharge 

Traditional remedies for BV include oral antibiotics, antibiotic suppositories, or boric acid suppositories. 

What is Boric Acid? 

Boric acid, more specifically orthoboric acid, is a compound of boron, oxygen, and hydrogen. It is usually found in crystal or white powder form.  

A boric acid vaginal suppository is a product that helps promote a balance of acid in your vagina. It is used to help treat vaginal infections that cause itching and burning. To use it, you insert it into your vagina and then allow it to dissolve for 4-12 hours. Different brands have different directions for use, but the course of treatment is typically 7-14 days. 

In its natural form, boric acid has both antifungal and antiviral properties, which is likely why boric acid suppositories became a popular product for bacterial vaginosis. It has been used for over 100 years to help fight various vaginal infections, including both bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.  

This study revealed that when combined with nitroimidazole, boric acid had an 88% cure rate within seven weeks. At 12 weeks, this treatment had a 92% cure rate. 

We get it—you’re probably thinking, “Wow, boric acid sounds great! Sign me up!” However, more research is required to determine effectiveness and safety. 

Is Boric Acid Safe? 

Boric acid suppositories are generally safe when used as directed, however, they are poisonous when ingested orally. It is commonly found in pesticides and the following products: 

  • Antiseptics and astringents 
  • Enamels and glazes 
  • Glass fiber manufacturing 
  • Medicated powders 
  • Skin lotions 
  • Some paints 
  • Some rodent and ant pesticides 
  • Photography chemicals 
  • Powders to kill roaches 
  • Some eye wash products 

 It’s considered a caustic chemical, which means that if it gets in contact with your skin, it may cause irritation and injury. Some common side effects of boric acid to keep in mind are: 

  • A burning sensation 
  • Hives 
  • Watery vaginal discharge 
  • Vaginal discomfort and irritation 

Most healthcare providers do not recommend boric acid for treatment of BV based on the lack of evidence.  

“I’m not in the boric acid camp,” Dr. Lauren Streicher, MD says in a recent article. “You’re looking at failure rates of up to 50% in some studies.” 

Boric acid can be an effective supportive product to help balance the vaginal flora. Antibiotics are the standard of care for BV and it seems that boric acid might be best used in combination with antibiotics or for maintenance. These suppositories usually require about 7-14 days alongside medication to take full effect. Although boric acid vaginal suppositories can be purchased without a prescription and are relatively inexpensive, you should consider contacting your medical provider before use. Your provider can provide guidance on dosage, length of treatment, and more. 

An Alternative to Boric Acid: FemiClear BV Symptoms 

FemiClear BV Symptoms is a great alternative to boric acid suppositories for those interested in safe and natural remedies for BV symptoms. In just 2 days, FemiClear BV Symptoms has been shown to be an effective, standalone solution. When using boric acid, it will take anywhere from 7 to 14 days alongside antibiotics to see results. In a study by an accredited labFemiClear BV Symptoms was shown to kill 99% of Gardnerella vaginalis, the leading cause of BV.‡1  

But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to know how well it worked in real life, for real people. According to a study of more than 100 women, FemiClear BV Symptoms was reported as 96% effective overall in addressing BV symptoms. Here is a breakdown of how FemiClear BV eliminated each individual symptom of their BV infection.  

Elimination of Symptoms after Using FemiClear for BV Symptoms 

  • 94% of participants reported significantly reduced symptoms within 2 days of beginning use of the product  
  • 83% of participants reported symptom relief within 24 hours of beginning use of the product  
  • 82% of participants reported their infection symptoms were shorter than normal  
  • 97% of participants reported liking the consistency and texture of the product  
  • 90% of participants reported that they would recommend using the product 

FemiClear BV Symptoms 

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms

FemiClear’s formula consists of ultra-pure, certified organic olive oil. The olive oil undergoes a patented oxygenation process that, when combined with Thymol, creates an ointment with highly antibacterial properties. In a lab study, this ointment that has been proven to kill over 99.9% of Gardnerella Vaginalis, the most common bacteria associated with Bacterial Vaginosis. 

Practice self-care with a comprehensive vaginal wellness routine! FemiClear’s targeted BV products are clinically shown to help support and maintain intimate health. 

BV & Yeast Infection Protection: Defense Against Recurrent Infections 

Infection Protection BV & Yeast

Designed for those who experience recurrent BV & Yeast Infections, Infection Protection Vaginal Cream defends against infection by targeting it at the source. Using natural and effective ingredients, Infection Protection kills the germs that can cause vaginal infections.    

When To Use:
As Needed, At Infection Triggers 

  • After Sexual Activity 
  • During Hormonal Changes 
  • After Antibiotic Use 
  • After Bowel Movements 
  • During Stressful Days 
  • When You're Feeling a Little "Off" 

This product is formulated with oxygenated olive oil and hyaluronic acid. These natural ingredients not only soothe and moisturize but also act as a potent defense against the bacteria and yeast that cause infections. 

This formula is designed to provide relief and protection. It targets harmful bacteria and yeast, helping you maintain a balanced vaginal microbiome. 


Find more fabulous FemiClear products that defend against vaginal infections and help maintain a happy V at!  

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