Does boric acid make you smell better?
Boric acid is mostly used as a suppository (vagιnal suppository) for conditions that causes foul smell of the vagιna, itching, redness, swelling, colored discharge from the vagιna, vagιnal pain, etc. As a result, you can use boric acid when you perceive any foul smell from your vagιna. Meanwhile, there are still salient notes that you need to consider first.
Are there any side effects to boric acid suppositories?
Boric acid is not usually used as the first medication for vagιnal issues because of these reasons;
- The safety of boric acid has not been ascertained. No one knows entirely the kind of side effects that come with the use of the suppository.
Some complain of a burning sensation around the vagιnal opening after usage of the drug. Others complain of redness around the vagιna and watery discharges.
- Boric acid shouldn’t be recommended to women in the child-bearing age without certain checks. For example, boric acid can be very toxic to a developing fetus if used by a pregnant woman.
So, in a case a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant; the use of boric acid suppositories can be very dangerous.
- Boric acid is a quite harsh drug constituent that can easily irritate the walls of the vagιna.
What this means is that it if you have open wounds around your vagιna, boric acid suppositories may just make the feeling worse.
- Boric acid is very poisonous! It should never be taken via the oral route. It can only be used as a suppository which is a tube-like insert that is fitted through the vagιnal opening.
That is why it is recommended that you stick with safer options which will be discussed later in this text. The vagιna has a normal flora which is constituted by bacteria and yeast.
These microorganisms fortunately are very important for the hygiene and health of the vagιna. They are regarded as useful microbes. However, they are usually present in small quantities and must be kept that way.
What causes bad odor down there?
You should also note that having other microbes that are usually not present in the vagιna can also cause vagιnal conditions. The following points are some other conditions that can spur bad vagιnal health;
After inserting a tampon during your menstrual period, you should ensure that you change it regularly. If the blood is present for a long time, there’s an increased bacterial activity which could cause the release of a foul smell.
Sometimes—almost rarely, though—the use of vagιnal creams and pills for birth control could contribute to a change in the smell of the vagιna.
Everyone knows sweat contributes to foul smell. So, after working out or doing any serious activity, you should ensure that you hurry to have your bathe. That way, you can tone down bacterial activities that lead to foul smells.
Sometimes, consuming foods with strong and pungent smells could lead to a change in the smell of the vagιna. Some of these foods include onions, garlic, broccoli, cheese, etc.
Sometimes, being on certain kinds of medications can lead to your vagιna smelling a little different than its normal smell.
Now, the conditions listed above are usually the reasons behind the mild cases of vagιnal smell.
And most times, the smells can be gotten rid of when you have your bath regularly, change your diet and medication, etc. For more severe cases, it could be as a result of any of these;
- Bacterial vaginosis
This condition is defined in relation to the normal flora of the vagιna. Like it was stated earlier in this text, there are some bacterial that should normally be found in the vagιna.
Examples of these bacteria types include lactobacilli. When the bad bacteria gains entrance into the vagιna, Bacterial Vaginosis arises.
Examples of these bad bacteria include gardnerella, bacteroides, fusobacterium, etc. When a female has this condition; there are different tell-tale signs and they include the following;
- An abnormal vagιnal discharge
The vagιna has rites and processes which it carries out to keep itself clean. What this means is that naturally, the vagιna can maintain its health and pH.
But then, in certain cases, especially with the condition described above, there’s an overpowering of the vagιna’s usual rites by bad bacteria.
That’s why the affected female would notice different colors of vagιnal discharge—grey, white, etc. The discharge is also noted to cause a foul smell of the vagιna.
Note that the normal vagιnal discharge should be colorless and odorless, like water
- Pain while urinating
Urinating is a natural body process that shouldn’t cause pain at all in any female.
However, the moment a female begins to feel pain, as well as the symptom mentioned above, you can begin to suspect a bacterial issue.
The pain could even be a peppery feel in your vagιna after you have urinated. However, this pain doesn’t show up in every condition of Bacterial Vaginosis.
Bacterial Vaginosis is not transmitted $exually though. But then, when a female has more than one sleeping partner, Bacterial Vaginosis can be imposed.
Most times, physicians prescribe the regular antibiotics for BV. However, in a situation where the condition continues to reoccur after it has been treated, boric acid suppositories become the next line of medication.
- Yeast infections
There are several infections that affect the vagιna and one of the organisms responsible is yeast. Yeast infections are usually termed as candidiasis. Note that fungi are naturally present in the bacteria.
However, when there’s a sudden increase in the population, infections arise. The symptoms of these infections include irritation around the vagιna, swelling of the vagιnal folds, and itching of the vagιnal folds.
The affected female could also experience pain during $exual ιntercourse, a thick vagιnal discharge that looks like cheese (note that the discharge is odorless), and pain while peeing.
Yeast infections are also not transmitted $exually but have a higher probability of occurring in individuals that have several sleeping partners.
However, before you go ahead to use boric acid suppositories, ensure that you have a session with your physician first. Most times, safer treatments like topical fungal creams or inserts are prescribed.
This condition is caused by a parasite called trichomonas vaginalis. The symptoms to be noticed when this parasite is present in the vagιna include colored and foul-smelling vagιnal discharges.
The colors include green and yellow. There could also be records of pain while peeing or during $exual ιntercourse.
Trichomoniasis can be treated by the regular antibiotics, but then, in some cases, the parasite has an increased resistance to the medication used. At that time, boric acid suppositories are the last resort.