Boric Acid

Four Reasons NOT to Use Boric Acid for BV

Boric Acid
Boric Acid crystals (H3BO3)

NeuEve cares deeply about the health and wellness of our customers. The ingredients we use reflect our belief in the scientific healing power of wholesome, natural ingredients.

We strongly recommend against using boric acid vaginal suppositories, for these four reasons:

  1. Boric acid is a pesticide.
  2. Boric acid is poisonous to humans.
  3. Boric acid is an environmental pollutant.
  4. Boric acid is ineffective or marginally effective for treating BV.

What you read next may surprise you:

Boric acid is a pesticide.

Boric acid has the nickname “the gift that keeps on killing.” Cockroaches coming in contact with boric acid get an effect like shards of glass slowly cutting them apart. A tiny bit of boric acid can wipe out an entire whole roach colony, something even atomic bombs can’t do. [1]

Boric acid is poisonous to humans.

In 1988, in a tragic accident at a festival in Malaysia, 13 children died from food poisoning after they ate a dish containing boric acid. Their symptoms included: vomiting, pyrexia, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anorexia, giddiness, seizures, and eventual coma. [2]

Boric acid is an environmental pollutant.

Environmental experts in Australia have concluded that “chronic intoxication with boric acid may give rise to anorexia, loss of strength, confusion and loss of hair. Reproductive effects, such as low sperm count, were seen in men exposed to boron over the long-term.” Yikes! [3]

Extensive studies in animals and humans showed that boric acid not only
sterilizes the male reproductivity[4], but it also has a strong estrogen-like effect to promote growth of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells and increase the weight of uterus of ovariectomized rats. [5]

Boric Acid is ineffective or marginally effective for treating BV.

Boric acid vaginal suppositories kill all bacteria indiscriminately. There are actually a lot of good bacteria called lactobacilli. Lactobacilli are the unsung heroes, they work hard to keep your vagina healthy and smelling fresh. When you have a strong population of lactobacilli, they actually help keep out the odor-causing bacteria. Boric acid destroys your entire vaginal microbial population; it’s extremely disruptive. Shortly after using boric acid, scientific studies show that ~50% of women soon get recurrent BV [6]

Recurrent BV sometime heals by itself and occurs again.  That is why it gets the name “recurrent.” Because these two studies did not have a placebo control group, the low rate of 50% recovery in these studies could be just a placebo effect. This suggests that the boric acid treatment of BV is ineffective or, at most, marginally effective.  

NeuEve – the Natural Alternative to Boric Acid Suppositories

It’s for all the reasons stated above that NeuEve contains no boric acid. All of NeuEve’s ingredients are 100% all-natural, food-grade and nontoxic.

If someone ingested a boric acid vaginal suppository, they would have to call Poison Control. If someone ingested a NeuEve vaginal suppository, absolutely nothing would happen.

Tens of thousands of women have safely found permanent relief from BV using NeuEve.

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Boric Acid vs NeuEve BV Clear

NeuEve BV ClearBoric Acid [7]
Dosage3 Suppositories
over 9 nights
600mg / night
over 7 nights
Number of
BV cases
Success Rate94%50%

Because NeuEve BV Clear is the highest priced self-care product on the market for BV care, nearly all of our customers have tried boric acids and other products or even prescription drugs without effect before using BV Clear. Nearly 100% women who used NeuEve have found relief safely, effectively, and rapidly.

Supporting References:

Human and rats metabolize boric acid in a similar way.

Murray FJ. A comparative review of the pharmacokinetics of boric acid in rodents and humans. Biol Trace Elem Res. 1998; 66(1-3):331-41.

Boric acid is toxic to male reproductivity in rats.

Yoshizaki H, et al. Availability of sperm examination for male reproductive toxicities in rats treated with boric acid. J Toxicol Sci. 1999 Aug;24(3):199-208.

Weir RJ, Fisher RS (1972) Toxicologic studies on borax and boric acid. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 23:351–364 24.

Kimberley A Treinen Robert E (1991) Development of testicular lesions in F334 rats after treatment with boric acid. Toxicol Appl Pharm 107:325–335 25.

Ku WW, Chapin RE (1994) Mechanism of the testicular toxicity of boric acid in rats: in vivo and in vitro studies. Environ Health Perspec 102(Suppl7):99–105 28.

Kudo S, Tanase H, Yamasaki M, Nakao M, Miyata Y, Tsuru K, Imai S (2000) Collaborative work to evaluate toxicity on male reproductive organs by repeated dose studies in rats 23). A comparative 2- and 4-week repeated oral dose testicular toxicity study of boric acid in rats. J Toxicol Sci 25:223–232

Boric acid has estrogen-like effects in humans and rats:

Nielsen FH, Mullen LM, Gallagher SK (1990) Effect of boron depletion and repletion on blood indicators of calcium status in humans fed a magnesium-low diet. J Trace Elem Exp Med 3:45–54 26.

Wang Y, Zhao Y, Chen X. Experimental study on the estrogen-like effect of boric Acid. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2008;121(2):160-70.

Boric acid is toxic to rabbits:

Price CJ, Marr MC, Myers CB, Seely JC, Heindel JJ, Schwetz BA (1996) The developmental toxicity of boric acid in rabbits. Fundam Appl Toxicol 34:176–187 27.

Clinical studies of boric acid for BV treatment:

Marrazzo JM, et al. Safety and Efficacy of a Novel Vaginal Anti-infective, TOL-463, in the Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis and Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: A Randomized, Single-blind, Phase 2, Controlled Trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2019; 68(5):803-809.

Reichman O, et al. Boric acid addition to suppressive antimicrobial therapy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis. Sex Transm Dis. 2009; 36(11):732-4.

About the author

Dr. Renjie Chang's medical and pharmaceutical experience:
- OB-GYN in the Peking Union Hospital in China
- a faculty member of OB-GYN at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- drug developer at the Abbott Laboratories in Chicago
- Founder of Lavax, Inc, where she developed an innovative vaginal microbicide for preventing sexually transmitted disease with grants from NIH and Gates Foundation
- Founder of NeuEve, an all-natural women's health company


  1. What is the difference between yeast infection and BV? Is boric acid ok to use for yeast infections? My daughter has type 1 diabetes and has chronic yeast infections and has had BV. Her practitioner recommended boric acid for the yeast infections, because diflucan clears it but it comes right back. Can anyone help with suggestions of what t
    we should do? I hate this when someone says use this product and another says stay away from it. I realize
    it’s a pesticide as well, which is why I’m questioning the use of it. Thanks

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