Boric Acid

Four Reasons NOT to Use Boric Acid for BV

Boric Acid is poison. Keep away from pets and children.
If you or a loved one accidentally ingested Boric Acid, call your local emergency number (911), or the national toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222).

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.

Click here to see a breakdown comparison of Boric Acid vs NeuEve

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

    1. The information in this article is not true. I suffered from recurrent bv for 12 years before a gynecologist finally put me on boric acid suppositories. I was on daily treatment for about 2 weeks then took them intermittently over the following 6 months. It has not returned in almost 3 years.. It is the only thing that ever worked for me… furthermore even the tiniest amount of research will lead you to the fact that boric acid has helped millions of women. I’m not trying to sell you anything. You can get some pure pharmaceutical grade boric acid and some capsules on ebay or amazon and make your own for like 20 bucks. Any real gynecologist can help you with the dosage regimen. I just pray this message reaches you

      1. Dear Gertrude,

        Thank you for reaching out to us. We believe what you said is true. Boric acid has worked for you and many other women. We did not challenge the effectiveness of boric acid. Scientific literature has reported that boric acid is 50% effective to clear recurrent BV. This means that among every 100 women who use boric acid, 50 may be effective, including yourself. Before there was NeuEve, boric acid might have been the best alternative for the standard antibiotic therapy for BV, but not anymore.

        Boric acid is an EPA-registered pesticide. It kills many insects (such as cockroaches and worms), even the human sperm (the human cells that swim like tadpoles). The major human toxicity is harming the male fertility system in men and it has strong breast cancer-promoting activity in women. The toxicity of boric acid to humans is well documented and unquestioned in the scientific literature. EPA considers that boric acid generally is of moderate acute toxicity, and has placed it in Toxicity Category III.

        If you were not trying to get pregnant, it’s possible the side effects of boric acid didn’t affect you our your children. Boric acid used vaginally may genetically damage sperm. It could result in infertility or birth defects. Such obvious toxicity has been largely or intentionally overlooked by the boric acid producers who promote its use in humans. Is it really worth trying boric acid when it comes with the risk of infertility or birth defects?

        Comparing to 50% effectiveness with the toxic boric acid that requires a long 6-month of the treatment period, the all-natural, non-toxic NeuEve BV Clear takes only 24 hours to clear a severe recurrent BV of more than 10 years, among which 25% women took less than 3 hours to clear their tenacious recurrent BV. The effectiveness rate is 94% for just 1 pack of BV Clear, and 99.9% for two packs. There have been no reported side effects. Therefore, when you have a choice between boric acid and NeuEve, it is obvious that the NeuEve BV Clear is much better. To date, more than 10,000 women who have had years of recurrent BV and tried everything else under the sun including boric acid and failed to clear their BV have used NeuEVe, and all have found relief with a nearly 100% success rate.

        If your recurrent BV comes back in the future, please try NeuEve BV Clear. You can get BV clear from our website http://www.neueve.com/bv and also from Amazon.

        Please tell your friends and your doctors about NeuEve.


        Renjie Chang, MD

  2. I have bv I’ve tried the antibiotic pills 2x and did the vaginal creme that you insert in the vagina and nothing so my gyno suggested boric acid but I don’t want to put anymore poison in me. The last time I had poison in me I almost lost my life the poison was chemo it made me septic so I really hope this works

    1. Great question. If you have a yeast infection please treat it with anti-fungal treatments. NeuEve BV Clear does contain some anti-fungal essential oils but probably not enough to treat a full-blown yeast infection.

  3. To anyone reading this,
    Please, please, please NEVER use boric acid for BV or yeast infections! It ruined my vaginal health in so many ways. I have no sex drive because my vagina hurts so incredibly much. I fear to get intimate because I know the pain that is coming. I have tried everything and nothing has restored my vaginal health to the way it was. Please don’t do this to yourself! What she’s saying is correct!

  4. Is the NeuEve safe when trying to get pregnant? I have BV, its works for a little while then comes back. I didn’t know Boric acid can kill the sperms. I need to know if this will be safe for the sperm to go through so I can get pregnant.

    1. Hi Jesy! Please treat your BV first before trying to get pregnant.

      NeuEve has not been studied for its effects on fertility. However it’s known that sperm like very alkaline environments (that’s why semen is basic). BV also likes alkaline environments.

      NeuEve will bring your pH back to normal.

  5. I am 40 yrs old and have been struggling with embarrassing, recurrent bv for several yrs… I refused my gynocologist’s prescriptions of antibiotics because I feared that the bv would become resistant to the treatment and didnt want to fall victim to another antibiotic induced yeast infection… I recently purchased neu eve bv clear… I inserted a capsule a night, Mon, tues, and wed… Then (as recommended in the instructions) I started a second pack, immediately after… I inserted another on thurs and fri… I dont have a pungent smell anymore (that cleared after 2 nights), however, I still have a very SLIGHT hint of a fishy smell that makes me think that these suppositories may not be curing my bv…. I fear that after I complete my last capsule, my bv will be apparent again… I have read many comments on various platforms about this only working temporarily and I am desperate for a natural solution. I also think it is imperative for me to mention that I have no stds (I know some erroneously self diagnose other things for bv) and have been diagnosed by my gyno… I also currently take the fem dophilus probiotics and calcium supplements that were recommended on your site, to boost the effectiveness of the bv clear… I have followed the instructions to the letter and I would really like some advice on what to do next. Is it necessary for me to do another round? The neu eve and recommended supplemets are very expensive, but if they work and CURE my bv, I would be internally grateful and would shout my appreciation from the rooftops… Please help!

  6. Now I am scared because I used boric acid twice and now I’m not scared of the long term effects..this sucks

  7. Thank you for this article, I also was recommended boric acid by my doctor. I’ve had recurrent BV since about
    18 years old and am now
    25, I have BV for half
    Of the month every month it feels like. I can’t stand the strong smell, with boric acid it helps clear it up sometimes and other times it doesn’t do anything but I always get a stomach ache when I use Boric acid so I’m not going to use it anymore. I hope to give your product a try one day but it’s very pricey.

    1. I understand you are concerned about the high price of BV Clear.

      We have opportunities to become an ambassador. If you use BV Clear and it works, if you shoot a quick 2 minute cellphone video about your story, we can give you $250 worth of product (and I’ll refund what you paid as well).

      If you use BV Clear and it doesnt work, we will refund you as per our satisfaction guarantee.

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