What Are Boric Acid Suppositories?

Vaginal boric acid suppositories come in solid, oval-shaped medical capsules inserted into the vagina using a plastic applicator. Once inserted, they dissolve and become liquid as they warm to the body’s temperature and are eventually absorbed directly into the bloodstream. 

Now you might be wondering, why should it be done this way? Why can’t you just take it orally? It’s because they work faster than medications you take by mouth. The body absorbs drugs from vaginal suppositories better and makes the treatment of fungal infections and vaginal problems more swift and effective. However, some suppositories could take some time to take effect fully. The rate at which it dissolves depends on its purpose, size, and chemical composition.

Aside from boric acid suppositories, some suppository capsules are also used for birth control. These contraceptive suppositories contain a spermicide that prevents pregnancy in two ways, either by creating a foam-like substance that will block the entrance to the cervix so that the sperm cannot get through or simply by immobilizing and killing the sperm.

How Do You Insert A Suppository?

Nervous about using a suppository? Don’t fret. Follow these instructions on how to use a vaginal suppository. If you’re a caregiver or assisting someone, you can also follow these steps when administering a suppository to another person.

But before you do that, first things first:

What To Do Before:

  1. Ensure cleanliness – Wash your vaginal area and hands well with mild, antibacterial soap and warm water, and pat them dry with a clean towel.
  1. Prepare the suppository – Remove the suppository from its wrapping. Suppositories usually come with a small plastic applicator to facilitate easier and safer insertion. But in the absence of an applicator, one can opt for using their fingers to insert the capsule deep enough. 

Inserting The Suppository Capsule

  1. Get into position – The best way of inserting the suppository is by lying down since it can reduce any leakage that might occur while sitting or standing up. 
    1. Lie down on your back and gently bend your knees with your legs slightly apart. You can lie on your back with your knees bent or stand with your knees bent and your feet a few inches apart. If you’re a caregiver, the first position may be best for your patient.
  2. Inserting the capsule – With the capsule in place in the applicator, Press the applicator’s plunger as far up into your vagina as it can comfortably go, as it will push the suppository further back. Once the capsule has been ejected, remove the applicator immediately. 
    1. If you don’t have an applicator, you can use your fingers instead, but make sure to clean them first to avoid the risk of bacterial infections.
  1. Lie down for a while – Don’t stand up just yet. You need to wait for several minutes (a suppository usually dissolves within 15 minutes) for the suppository to dissolve completely before sitting or standing up. 


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How To Insert Boric Acid Suppositories
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Post-Insertion Aftercare

We’re not done yet! 

  1. Sanitize (ASAP)  – Wash your hands thoroughly after inserting the suppositories. Dispose of the applicator immediately (unless it’s reusable)
  1. Prevent leakages – It’s fairly normal for discharges to happen when using suppositories. Wear a panty liner before going to bed (or anywhere) to avoid staining your underwear.

Additional Tips:

  • Since lying down will reduce the suppository from leaking, It may be best to use vaginal suppositories before bed.
  • If you’re inserting the capsule with your hands, try wearing clean gloves.
  • Dipping the suppository in water quickly before using it can make it easier to insert.
  • Store your suppositories in a cool place to keep them from melting before use. Keep them in the refrigerator if the medication label says to do so.
  • As boric acid can be poisonous, keep the capsules from children and pets out of reach.
  • You can use vaginal suppositories during your period, but avoid using tampons when taking boric acid suppositories since they can absorb some of the medication, preventing the suppository from taking effect.
  • Do not use boric acid suppositories if you have open wounds of any kind around the vaginal area. Contact with the wounds could result in more negative side effects.   

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I take boric acid suppositories?

You should take the suppositories for as long as prescribed by your doctor, even if the symptoms disappear. Normally, the dosage of vaginal boric acid is one (1) suppository inserted into the vagina once a day, for 3 to 6 days in a row.

The standard prescription for those with yeast infections is one (1) capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for 7-14 days. To prevent recurring yeast infections, doctors usually recommend a bi-weekly dosage, lasting from 6 months to a year.

What if I miss a dosage?

If you happen to miss a dose, you should wait until the time of your next scheduled dose before inserting the suppository again. At any rate, consistent ingestion is still a must to achieve faster recovery.

Can I take boric acid if I’m pregnant?

Do not use boric acid if you’re pregnant, as it could potentially affect the health of your unborn child. If you have vaginal problems while pregnant, consult your OB/GYN about safer alternative treatments.

Can I take other medications/supplements while taking the suppositories?

Some drugs could interact with vaginal boric acid, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Consult with your health care provider over this matter before taking the suppositories to rule out such risks.

Is it okay to take probiotics with boric acid suppositories?

Some studies show that taking both probiotic supplements and vaginal boric acid suppositories could expedite recovery since probiotics can help rebalance the healthy bacteria of the vagina. However, further studies are needed to establish this fact fully. Ask your doctor first before taking probiotic supplements.

Final Thoughts

Using vaginal boric suppositories to treat vaginal problems is generally considered safe and effective, as they have been proven to provide faster and more efficient relief than oral medications, albeit with occasional side effects. While a little challenging at first, vaginal suppositories are fairly simple to use and should only cause minimal discomfort. 

But before heading off to the pharmacy, consult with your doctor first regarding your condition before using any medication. Confirming the diagnosis allows your doctor to prescribe the appropriate treatments for your health needs, as well as how to avoid the risk of getting them again in the future.

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