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Boric acid suppositories have been known to effectively treat vaginal infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. As effective as the boric acid suppositories are, there are times we advise that you don’t use boric acid suppositories.
First, it is important to understand how boric acid suppositories work.
Here is when you should not use boric acid suppositories
If you have a UTI
Boric acid suppositories do not treat UTI. When you have a UTI, the bad bacteria has already entered your urethra (your pee hole), your bladder and in some severe cases, your kidney. Boric acid suppositories only treats what is in your vaginal cavity. Therefore, when you use them when having a UTI, they are not going to help. Here is a detailed article on why boric acid suppositories do not treat UTI.
If you have an STD/STI
If you have an STD or an STI, boric acid suppositories will not work. In some cases, STI symptoms may appear as if they are those of a vaginal infection. Secondly, STDs tend to bruise or cause wounds on your private area, and it is not advisable to use boric acid suppositories on open wounds. If you suspect you have a UTI, please get checked and find the right treatment for it.
If you are pregnant
There is not so much research that has been done on boric acid suppositories and how they affect pregnancy. (No one wants to do medical tests on pregnant women for ethical reasons). As a result, not much is known on whether the boric acid inserted into your vagina can be passed to your baby. In this case, we therefore advise women to avoid boric acid suppositories when pregnant or breastfeeding.
When you use boric acid suppositories when on your periods, it will just come out with your period and will not be effective. If bleeding is caused by other factors such as cuts in your labia or vagina, avoid the suppositories because boric acid suppositories should not be used on open wounds.
When you have PID
Pelvic Inflammatory disease is unfortunately common on many women. PID affects the uterus and the cervix and therefore boric acid suppositories cannot be effective at treating PID. Remember the suppositories only treat what’s within the vaginal cavity. If you have PID, please follow up with a doctor and get the right treatment which includes antibiotics specifically meant for that.
If you have open wounds and sores
We advise that you don’t use boric acid suppositories if you have open wounds and sores. For the same reason boric acid should not be consumed by mouth, they should not be applied on open wounds so that they don’t get to your blood system. If you have open wounds and sores, seek treatment for them first then use boric acid suppositories.