Hi everyone, Madi here from Team CX.
As many of you know, The Killer is Love Wellness’s boric acid suppository product. For our community members who struggle with vaginal imbalances, The Killer is one of our most beloved products. Just take a peek at our reviews of The Killer, and you’ll see what I mean! “Life-changing”... “magic” … “life-saver”... reading these words from you all truly makes our day, every day.
As you can imagine, in addition to all of the love we receive for this product, Team CX also receives a ton of questions. Because of this, this month we asked @Dr. Jodie Horton , LW Wellness Advisor and OBGYN, to give us the low-down on all things boric acid. You can check out our interview below:
MH: Hi Dr. Horton! We so appreciate you taking the time to answer some of our Boric Acid FAQs. This mighty ingredient has helped so people get back in control of their vaginal health - and changed lives in the process!
To start, I’d love to go back to basics for those who are unfamiliar with boric acid. Who could benefit most from adding boric acid suppositories to their vaginal care regimen? Is it someone menstruating, going through menopause, dealing with vaginal infections post-sex, etc. - who is a great “candidate” for boric acid?
JH: Boric acid is often prescribed or used by women who have recurrent yeast infections, yeast infections resistant to traditional treatments, and bacterial vaginosis. Boric acid has been used to treat vaginal infections for over 100 years and is an effective treatment. It is typically used daily for 7 to 14 days but may be prescribed longer by your doctor. Boric acid is also effective against Candida Albicans and more resistant yeast strains like Candida glabrata.
MH: We so often receive questions on how quickly you should see results from boric acid, and how quickly it takes to dissolve. To get a little more technical, could you break down what exactly happens once boric acid is inserted, and how it gets work in our bodies?
JH: Boric acid is a powder that is packaged inside a gel capsule. Like its name reveals, it is a weak acid that helps restore and maintain a normal vaginal pH between 3.8 and 4.5 and is used to treat yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). The suppository should be placed as far as it can comfortably go into the vagina. When placed in the vagina, the suppository will begin to dissolve in the vagina within a few minutes. As the capsule dissolves and the powder is released into the vagina, you will notice a white discharge for 24 hours after insertion. You may want to wear a panty liner to protect your clothing from discharge after inserting boric acid suppository. When used for multiple days, the suppository is recommended to be inserted at the same time each day that is convenient for you. Many women prefer to insert it at bedtime to avoid increased discharge during the day.
MH: When are the best times to use boric acid in regards to your menstrual cycle — before, during, or after your period? And why is that?
JH: Menstrual blood has a pH of 7.4, which can potentially raise the pH level of your vagina. If menstrual blood sits against the vagina in a pad or tampon for an extended period, your vagina becomes less acidic and increases the risk of vaginal infections. If you frequently get yeast infections or BV after your menstrual period, you can use boric acid after your menstrual cycle is complete. I would also recommend breathable cotton or bamboo underwear, opt for organic, fragrance-free period products, choose the least absorbent tampon for your menstrual flow, change tampons or pads frequently or consider switching to a menstrual cup.
MH: I am always so surprised by how many of our customers are still unfamiliar with boric acid. We often hear that our product is the first so many have ever come across! Why are so many folks unfamiliar with boric acid, and where has this been more popular in the past?
JH: Boric acid is an alternative treatment for yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis and has been used for the last 100 years to treat vaginal infections. In the past, boric acid had to be prescribed by a doctor and made in a special compounding pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies make drugs prescribed by doctors for specific patients with needs that traditional pharmacies cannot meet; however, it can be difficult to find a compounding pharmacy. The good news is that now boric acid is available over the counter and online. So why are so many women unfamiliar with boric acid? Some doctors are not familiar with boric acid because it was not taught or used during their training. So don’t be surprised if they are not familiar with boric acid. But don’t worry, it is well studied and is an effective treatment for yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. This is why The Love Club is important so you can educate yourself about your body and the available treatments. That way, you can have a conversation with your doctor about what treatments are best for you.
MH: As we know, boric acid is a no-no for pregnant people. For those still looking to support their vaginal health and pH balance, what are other alternatives you might suggest during pregnancy?
JH: Boric acid suppositories are contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, there are other ways to support good vaginal health and pH balance. I recommend underwear made with breathable fabrics such as cotton and bamboo. Avoid tight clothing. Avoid prolonged use of pantyliners or pads if you have increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy (which is normal due to hormonal changes). The constant moisture that the vulva is exposed to can lead to yeast infections. I recommend changing pantyliners or pads frequently or changing into a new pair of underwear. It is important to avoid shower gels, douches, and soaps with fragrances and dyes. To maintain a balanced vaginal pH, you can use a pH-balanced cleanser to clean the external genitalia. Not all vaginal discharge is bad, especially during pregnancy. If you experience itching, odor, irritation, then see your doctor for testing and treatment. Vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis can cause preterm labor. If you are diagnosed with an infection, it is important to get it treated immediately and with the right medication.
Thank you so much again, Dr. Horton! We hope this has been helpful for you all, but we invite you to ask any and all other Qs in the comments!
Madi + Team CX