Why does boric acid cause watery discharge?
The idea behind the melting of ice chips can be used to understand why boric acid cause watery discharge. The suppository is like a frozen tube that contains the therapeutic boric acid. However, the moment the tube is inserted into the vagιna, the temperature of the body causes the tube to melt. Then, the melted drug constituent finds its way into the vagιna.
Note that the melted constituent looks like a fluid. Some of the drug constituents in the fluid will be absorbed by the blood vessels surrounding the vagιna. Meanwhile, the rest of the fluid will still have to find its way out of the vagιnal opening. This is the watery discharge that you notice minutes after insertion. That is why it is recommended that females use panty liners that can absorb the expelled fluid.
Boric acid is a poisonous compound and the only time it works as a medicinal agent is if when used as a suppository.
Suppositories are cylindrical inserts that are designed to be inserted either through the vagιnal or rectal opening. Boric acid suppositories are however designed to work as vagιnal inserts only.
There is a way you can control the amount of watery discharge that you get after inserting the boric acid suppository through your vagιnal opening.
This control mechanism is related to the mode of application of the drug. Let’s take a look at the following guidelines below.
How do you insert boric acid suppositories?
- Ten minutes before you are to use the suppository, place it in a fridge. That way, the cylindrical drug insert can be firmer and easier to push through the opening of the vagιna.
- When you are ready to use the insert, wash your hands and then, pat them dry against a clean towel. It is recommended that you use a mild soap for this though.
That way, the vagιnal walls aren’t irritated by the harsh constituents of the soap used.
- The next thing to do is set your body in a comfortable position. This position should allow you to easily insert the tube into your vagιnal opening.
You could lie back on your bed and then, pull your bent knees towards your chest.
- Peel the cover around the suppository and then, pass your hand through the middle of your legs. Some suppositories come with application guides.
With those guides, you don’t have to use your hand to insert the suppository.
- Push the tube through your vagιnal opening and stop the moment it begins to feel uncomfortable. That way, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable or any pain afterwards.
- The tube begins to melt almost immediately, under the effect of the body’s inner temperature.
As it melts, the drug constituent—boric acid—begins to get absorbed via the blood vessels lining the vagιnal walls. This absorption is almost instant.
- Once the upper end of the tube melts, you can then push in the rest of the tube. Note that the dose is for the entire tube.
So, if you want to notice useful and quick changes, you must use the whole insert.
- It is important that you remain still about thirty minutes after insertion. That is why it is recommended that you insert the suppository when you are about to sleep.
That way, the drug constituent that is absorbed by the vagιnal walls is greater than what is expelled.
- Boric acid is a very poisonous drug constituent. It should never be ingested. That is why you must ensure that you wash your hands after you are done with the insertion.
The action of the vagιnal muscles expels the drug out. Also, note that you should only use the suppository once in a day.
How long does watery discharge last after boric acid?
The watery discharge from the boric acid inserted may continue for a timeframe of about five to ten minutes. It really isn’t something that takes so much time.
Meanwhile, during the time that the drug is within the vagιna, any of the following conditions can be catered to;
- Bacterial Vaginosis
This condition is the result of the contamination of the normal flora of the vagιna with bad bacterial species like gardnerella, bacteroides, etc.
The normal flora of the vagιna comprises bacteria that contribute to the normal functionality of the vagιna. They also are responsible for the cleaning of the vagιna.
The bad bacteria end up overpowering the good ones, leading to the manifestation of certain symptoms in the vagιna.
An example of such symptom is the discharge of a smelly and colored gel from the vagιna. Vagιnal discharges shouldn’t have any color at all.
But then, as a result of the activities of these bad bacteria, the discharge could take a yellow or green color. As for the smell, the jelly discharge has a strong fishy and pungent odor.
Other symptoms include pain during $exual ιntercourse. Meanwhile, bacterial vaginosis isn’t spread via $exual relations. It can however be spurred if a woman has multiple sleeping partners.
Pain while peeing, peppery feel in the vagιna, redness or swelling around the vagιna, etc., are other symptoms of bacterial vaginosis that could show up.
But then, note that Boric acid suppositories shouldn’t be the first medication used to treat bacterial vaginosis. Boric acid still has side effects that aren’t recognized in the medical field today.
It also cannot be used by certain people—pregnant women, ladies with open wounds around the vagιna, etc. So, to be on the safe side, it is recommended that you see your physician first.
There are some safer options like vagιnal antibacterial creams and pills. It is only when the issue reappears after first treatment that your physician can recommend Boric acid suppositories.
- Yeast infections
One of the commonest tell-tale signs of a yeast infection is a chalky discharge from the vagιna.
Note that the discharge never smells, but then, it is caused by an increase in the population of fungal species in the vagιna.
Yeast infections are also not transmitted $exually. But then, it can be spurred when a female has several sleeping partners.
Other signs aside from the chalky discharge include pain while peeing, pain during $exual ιntercourse (only in one out of ten people), etc.
There are also several safer antifungal medications that can be used in place of boric acid suppositories. Ensure you contact your physician first.