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Borax douche?

For Ladies only! DEFINITELY TMI SO PLEASE SCROLL IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ, THX.

Hey ladies!

I want to try a borax douche, but I don't have any capsules. Is it possible to apply the borax directly? Perhaps mixed in some water? I've never done a borax douche before... I imagine it will burn. I've been having a bit of pure white discharge and a tiny bit of irritation for the past few weeks. My bits never used to be like this... To be blunt, I miss having a wet pussy! I don't know what's gone wrong :(

And yes I will be attempting to schedule an appointment with gyn, just want to try and remedy it ASAP.

Thanks :)

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journalismgirl
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
I wouldn't do it. Borax may be natural, but that doesn't mean it's good to put up in your reproductive track.

TBH, it hurts just thinking about it.
lancedesdieux
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Borax is fine to put up there. Google it. VaginaPagina is really helpful on this issue. I did a borax treatment to cure BV and it worked wonders. :)
lancedesdieux
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
haha borax... I think you mean boric!!! When writing that I was like "That word sounds off", and it just clicked. BORIC not BORAX! :P
journalismgirl
Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Sure, if we're talking about boric acid. Borax is not boric acid. Boric acid is boracic acid, and borax is sodium borate. Two different chemicals.

I did Google it, thank you.
indigodye
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Borax (the pharmaceutical kind) is great for recurring BV and YI. It reacidifies the vagina.

Ha, I did the same thing.

BORIC ACID.

Edited at 2009-04-23 05:11 am (UTC)
papergreen
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
i don't think i'd want to do that with borax. especially if you already have some irritation...my guess is that something like that could make it worse. the vagina is really delicate tissue.

as a disclaimer: i have no personal experience with douching or borax, but the idea to me sounds painful.

radrose
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Maybe you should try the vaginapagina community. They know everything about the girly bits over there.
dealatedwren
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I've never heard of a borax douche O_o

sounds like you have a YI, you could insert a clove of garlic or try making boric acid capsules, there is a lot of info in vaginapagina specifically for these
uozlulu
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I was under the impression that douching - natural or unnatural - is bad for your body because it disrupts the pH ballance.

And on a personal note, borax is one thing I don't think I would ever put down there. It just seems like a really bad idea.
nacho_cheese
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I'd go with... no. Regular douching is said to be a problem just because it messes with the pH balance of your vagina, so adding something like borax? Makes me twitch just thinking about it!

I'd say, call the GYN and get an appointment pronto. Until then, eat some yogurt and keep yourself clean down there with some fragrance-free soap (though not IN the vagina, mind you -- just the surrounding areas).

(FYI, I wouldn't worry about discharge unless it has a funky smell to it. I get that on occasion, and it's my vag cleaning herself out! The irritation is a bit of a worry, but like I said... call up your GYN, yo.)
indigodye
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
She probably means boric acid.

And yes, it does mess with the ph, but in this case that is a GOOD thing.. boric acid and vinegar douches reacidify the vagina, helping to get rid of the infection.
burntbuffalo
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
So you are asking about borax, but have you thought about garlic? Garlic can be used whether it is YI or BV, and it's pretty safe. Peel the garlic, then pierce the skin either by poking it or slicing it, or actually cutting it open. The more you cut it, the more potent it will be, and a little goes a long way. If it is too potent for your infection, it can burn. So prepare it by piercing it and you can use a needle and attach a thread through it so you can retrieve it easier later, and insert as a vaginal suppository. Leave it in overnight, and see how things are in the morning. If needed, pop a new one in and see how that goes. I might consider garlic before borax, especially since you aren't experienced with it.
burntbuffalo
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
oh, PS, if you are in the US you can buy an OTC screening kit that I think you basically use it to swab your vag and then it tells you what's wrong (BV, YI, etc) so you can DIY treat it better/more accurately.
bookselves
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
hold up.
I am wondering if you are thinking boric acid? Which is DEFINITELY not the same thing as borax (I just googled).

I think you might have better luck treating whatever you have if you know what it is FIRST. But I would try something like garlic or yogurt first.

Do you know about the vaginapagina community? They are very helpful with this stuff.
indigodye
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: hold up.
I JUST thought the same thing. She's talking about borax.. when she needs boric acid.
yellowcrayons
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: hold up.
the stuff that kills roaches????

no me gusta.
indigodye
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: hold up.
it's a different concentration than the one that kills roaches, and it's been used for a long, long time. It works well to reacidify the vagina and get rid of any infection.

https://www.msu.edu/~eisthen/yeast/yourself.html

Edited at 2009-04-23 05:14 am (UTC)
always_going
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Garlic is good for handling BV or YI, as previously mentioned, but "pre-emptively yogurting" is essentially harmless whether or not it's BV, YI or a fluke - I would go with inserting yogurt (plain with live cultures, no sugar added, soy or dairy based) and wearing a pad for a couple hours and seeing how you feel then. It can't hurt, and it might help stave off the irritation until you can see your gyn.
gryphynshadow
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
eep! not Borax! it's for laundry and killing roaches, not putting in your vagina! the idea of that just made my vagina try to climb up my spine...

It sounds like you have vaginitis. Try the clove of garlic. My advice, when you peel it, try not to nick it with a knife, cause it will burn like a mother when you stick it it. Wrap it in a bit of cheese cloth or other thin cloth, tie it shut, and leave the string dangling so you can get it back out. Think, garlic tampon.

Eat some yogurt to balance your acidopholus colony. Don't take a bath or sit in water for a while, keep your yoni clean, don't use harsh cleansing agents down there. You'll disrupt your natural pH and microbiology, which will make your situation worse.

And don't use borax! ouchy, ouchy, ouchy...
kotorifuu
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Ugh. You shouldn't douche at ALL. It messes with your vaginal PH, and I'd think it would contribute to more issues. :/ Otherwise I'd definately just wait until you get to the obgyn to figure out what you need to do, or try the plain yogurt.
indigodye
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
No, you can douche if you are treating something. Just stay faaaar away from anything with fragrances or detergents. Good old boric acid and hydrogen peroxide work like a charm.

https://www.msu.edu/~eisthen/yeast/yourself.html

Edited at 2009-04-23 05:13 am (UTC)
lafraise
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Warning! Borax is basic!
Borax has a basic pH of about 9.5 and the vagina has a pH below 5. Using it might make your infection worse by increasing the pH! I just checked out my box of Borax. I wasn't exactly expecting douche instructions on the box but it didn't reference any use other than for household cleaning. I know its cousin, boric acid, has some antiseptic properties. Was that what you were thinking about? Hope your hoo ha gets well soon :)
rain19
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Try putting a clove of garlic up there every night before bed for a few days first. It totally cured whatever I had and there was no irritation. And how much easier could it be? Be careful whatever you do!
themangospanker
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
http://www.rephresh.com/

please try this product. it works really well and is made specifically for your vagina and doesn't smell like anything and a tube will last you forever. one application and you will be wet for a week. the first time i used it i did right before bed and when i woke up the next morning i thought i had my period, but it was all my own clear natural juice.
f1ymetothemoon
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I must be the only one who thinks this reeks of troll. To be blunt. Forgive if I'm incorrect.
f1ymetothemoon
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
Nevermind. Doesn't look like a troll journal. My apologies.
lysimachia
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, shove some insecticide up there. It contains borax, it should work.
wingslapped
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I found a good post with links on boric acid for bacterial and yeast infections. http://community.livejournal.com/vaginapagina/4554521.html

This post includes a link to a photo how-to that explains how to make your own caspules.
wingslapped
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add... I found the link through website.
http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

Under home treatments on this page
http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Bacterial_vaginosis

There is more info on home treatment of yeast infections here. http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Yeast_Infection

and if you are interested in buying a product. Yeast Arrest is OTC and contains boric acid and herbs. You might find it in a health food store or pharmacy. And numerous places carry it online.
cordelia_sue
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I have used boric acid to treat yeast infections in the past. It is the most effective treatment I have ever used and it doesn't burn at all, though it is a bit messy, so I do it at night. You can get empty gel caps at any pharmacy. You can also buy the boric acid at the pharmacy.
hollis1975
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
isnt borax for cleaning THINGS not ones most sensitive vagina??

jennifer19
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
not borax. completely different than boric acid. However, I would probably make sure something is wrong first, then treat for that particularly. Go to the doc first then treat what the doc says is wrong.
athenagrace
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
1. Go see a doctor
2. Boric Acid. It actually does not sting. Mix some in some water and use a turkey baster or whatever.
lynda
Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Let's ignore the fact that you obviously have your terms mixed up. There is nothing natural about douching. If your vagina has a problem, see a doctor about it. Otherwise, let your body cleanse itself the way it's designed to.
pixie_bee
Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Word.
cbackson
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
I've used boric acid for BV, and it works well in my experience. I mix it with water and soak a tampon in it (I've also douched with it, but you have to be careful to do so gently). Boric acid doesn't sting, in my experience. Personally, I prefer to use plain yogurt for YIs, but people do use boric acid (NOT BORAX) with success.

HOWEVER. If you've never been diagnosed with a YI before, I'd go to a doctor to be 100% sure that's what you have.

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