Do vaginal suppositories work for vaginal yeast infections?

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A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is itchy, uncomfortable and altogether unpleasant for any woman unfortunate enough to suffer from the ailment. The condition is treatable with no long-lasting effects, however some women may have to try several different medications or remedies before finding one that works.

What causes vaginal yeast infections?

Vaginal yeast infections occur when there is an overgrowth of the organism Candid albicans. This overgrowth upsets the healthy balance between yeast and bacteria naturally present in the vagina. The result is itchiness, irritation, swelling, burning during urination or sex and sometimes a rash.

This overgrowth of Candid albicans may be caused by:

  • Prolong use of antibiotics
  • A weakened immune system
  • Stress accompanied by a poor diet
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes that hasn’t received proper treatment
  • An imbalance of hormones.

What are the treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infection

A doctor will commonly prescribe one of several medications to treat the condition however some women’s condition seems to be resistant to these medications for reasons that are, as yet, unknown. In these instances, other non-drug, treatments may be recommended, including:

  • Vaginal Suppositories containing boric acid
  • Natural (sometimes called Greek) yoghurt. This can be consumed as part of a person’s diet, or inserted/applied to the vagina.
  • Tea Tree Oil cream applied to the vagina.

Do Vaginal Suppositories work?

A study conducted by scientists from John Hopkins University in 2020 found that boric acid suppositories achieved a clinical cure rate for recurrent candidiasis of 92%. The study’s authors said the treatment appeared to cause no adverse side effects and was well tolerated by all study participants.

Another study conducted in Turkey in 2021 found that the success rate of boric acid suppositories at the first year of treating recurrent candidiasis was found to be 94.8% in a total of 173 patients.

The suppository is inserted into the vagina at night for 7-14 days and works by increasing acidity in the vagina and restoring a more normal pH level. Most people report improvement in their condition within 3-4 days.

Small amounts of boric acid are beneficial to the body, however high doses can be toxic so it’s important to only start treatment in consultation with your doctor and with suppositories carefully prepared in safe amounts by a fully qualified compounding pharmacist.

Note from National Custom Compounding: We regularly make up safe and effective boric acid suppositories when supplied with a script from a medical practitioner. Many of our customers claim the suppositories have worked when nothing else did.

For more information and no obligation advice contact us on 1300 731 755 or [email protected].

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