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Boric acid suppositories are used to treat recurrent vaginal yeast infections and trichomoniasis. They’re not FDA-approved, but are prescribed by doctors when first-line treatment options aren’t helping.

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Boric acid suppository is an effective treatment for recurrent yeast infections, because it helps to keep the balance of normal bacteria and yeast in the vagina, says Kecia Gaither, MD, an OB-GYN in New York City. It also keeps the pH of the vagina in check and reduces symptoms like itching, burning, pain, and foul odors.

It’s also a good choice for women who need to prevent yeast infections from happening. It works by balancing the vaginal environment and reducing symptoms of candidiasis, which are caused by the yeast Candida albicans.

How to Use it

To use a boric acid suppository, insert one capsule into the vagina twice a week for six months. Or, you can use it as needed to help maintain a balanced pH down there.

How to Store it

If you’re using a boric acid suppository, you should keep it out of reach of children and pets. It’s also not recommended to take it orally — you should insert the suppository directly into the vagina — and should avoid receiving oral sex for 24 to 48 hours after insertion, explains Dr. Dweck.

You can buy boric acid suppositories over-the-counter or talk to your doctor about how to take them. It’s important to tell your doctor about any other medications or supplements you’re taking because these can affect the way the suppository works.

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