12:07 am - 11/23/2011

Boric Acid Treatment Success for BV

Hello All,
I swore i would pipe up if i ever found anything that worked well, so i'm here to report and share the love...
I have periodically suffered from a combination of yeast/bacterial vaginosis/unhappy hoohaa for some years. I've never know for sure what it was and lab tests are usually inconclusive so it's kinda low grade whatever it is. Many times i will have a lot of itching (mostly kind of external, but occasionally up inside as well) and soreness, particularly after sex. Only once have i had the full on cottage cheese yeast infection. I have tried all the usual monistat potions and diflucan pills, but i have avoided antibiotics mostly b/c the threat of things getting worse is too much to bear. 

I was reading about boric acid on here recently and decided to take action because i was having this low grade issue where it was kind of oozing milky discharge and smelling a bit stronger than usual and also sort of farting out silent bubbles of air or gas from my vagina. I felt wet like i'd just had sex, which was not as fun as it sounds. And when i did have sex it would always tear the perineum area.

So i decided i wanted to try homemade boric acid suppositories. The stupid FDA banned the use of boric acid for sale as an over the counter pharmaceutical (though you can still buy pharmaceutical grade BA on amazon) so i bought regular old Boric Acid straight from the bulk bin at Rainbow grocery in San Francisco. It's sold as a laundry enhancer/roach killer. It says 'Not for Internal Use' on the bin which gave me a little pause, but i gathered from them Rainbow folks that it was just that they were required to say that b/c of the stupid FDA. So I called a compounding pharmacy and said say, i am planning on making my own suppositories out of vegetable caps and non pharmaceutical grade BA, the exact stuff you buy to do laundry or kill cockroaches, and putting it in my vagina, what do you think about that? And the pharmacist was very cool and he said sure, sounds fine, thats pretty much what we do.  So my last concern was that i had read that it isn't good to put it on broken skin becuase it gets into the blood and is toxic and my skin was kinda broken.

But i did it anyway. I made capsules with a size 00 vegetable cap also purchased at rainbow by just scooping up the powder and pushing the cap shut. Easy as pie. And then i popped one up there as far as i could poke it and went to bed (with a panty liner). I had read to use 2, but i have just used one so far b/c it seems to work. 

It didn't burn at all or anything unpleasant. It does make me ooze a watery discharge the whole next day but it's not the same as the creamy milky discharge and then it's gone and i feel way better. The strong smell goes away and the soreness is gone and the itching is gone and the vaginal farting is gone! All for about 15 cents. Seriously, no wonder the stupid FDA doesn't like it. Perfectly safe. People use the same stuff for pink eye washes. Anything you can put in your eye, you can put anywhere else. 

The first time fixed everything for a couple of weeks, then i got a little recurrence starting so i did it again , one night, and bam, fixed. So I guess i've done this about 5 times now over about 3 months. I gave some to mi amiga and she tried it and had no problems and was happy with the result. I may try it 3 days in a rom or two at a time or something to see if i can kick it for good, or i can just do this forever, it's so easy.

It makes me screaming crazy mad that simple solutions like this have to be sought through whispers and hearsay like they're black magic. Stupid FDA. The best part is, you don't have to know if you have yeast or BV, works on both. You don't have to go to the doc. It's practically free. It's beautiful. Good luck!
p.s. Boric Acid used to be the active ingredient in Yeast Arrest. But the stupid FDA made them take it out, so the new version of Yeast Arrest doesn't have it. I tried it but the strong smell was off putting. You have to make your own capsules now.
archangelbeth 24th-Nov-2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
*evil grin* Thanks!

Considering some of the... not illegal-but-perhaps-morally-dubious stuff that the big pharma companies get up to, to try to extend their patents or convince people that NO! This NEW thing is BETTER than the old new thing that other people can make generics of... If they spent half of their advertising budget, maybe there could be brand-name boric acid capsules, y'know?

They're not all snotmold companies, but some of 'em could be better than they are.

Though if it weren't for the real slimebuckets, the tests might not be so expensive, and a smaller company might think it'd be nifty to have some brand-name OTC stuff. *sigh*
gatehorse 25th-Nov-2011 06:28 am (UTC)
To be honest, I don't really blame them for trying to extend patents. Patents are for what, 20 years? It takes hundreds of millions of dollars to develop one drug, and most of that patent time is drug development. By the time the drug gets approved for the market, companies only have a few years to recoup those millions of dollars. And that's for the few drugs that actually make it to market-many more don't make it, so that's wasted money right there, that can total millions of dollars. Of course, there are reasons for all the testing-we wouldn't want something like another thalidamide incident. I wonder how they make any money at all, but thankfully they do or we wouldn't have what we do today. In my field, unfortunately there are often small enough markets that it's just not possible to do all the testing needed for some drugs, even if we have some good evidence that they may have the desired effect-there are just too few people to buy it.

I agree though, less advertising and more testing!
archangelbeth 25th-Nov-2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ehhhhhhh, advertising the drug is a way bigger part of their budget now, if the news is to be believed: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080105140107.htm -- "A new study by two York University researchers estimates the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, contrary to the industry’s claim."

And "the authors arrived at US$57.5 billion for the total amount spent on pharmaceutical promotion in 2004."

Basically, if they weren't constantly advertising, advertising, advertising... They could plow that money back into invention. (And when the advertising doesn't work, as perhaps in this case, apparently, the cost of the advertising is added to the cost of the medication! "More precisely, since Plavix sales were growing, the ad campaign did not accelerate that growth. However, the price of a Plavix pill increased by 40 cents, or 12%, after the ad campaign began." The people doing the study thought more studies should be done to verify the overall results, though.)

I'd be more sympathetic to big pharma looking for the profitable stuff if there wasn't a fair amount of evidence that the marketing division has up and run away with the rest of the horse, so to speak.

(Not to mention http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110818093052.htm -- "A study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers of 192 pharmaceutical advertisements in biomedical journals found that only 18 percent were compliant with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, and over half failed to quantify serious risks[...]" That's the kind of snotmold behavior that makes the FDA hoops more expensive!)

I do wonder if there might be any special tweakery that could be done to Boric Acid to make it patentable (just as there's a company that apparently patented some strains of lactobacilli!), and thus of interest to some company or other. (Or if VP could raise the funds for a study to get boric acid FDA approved! Bake sale! Crocheted uterus cozies! O:D )
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