Vaginal care is one of the most essential topics in the female health category. Many females are ignorant of the care for their private parts, and this has caused many cases of infection because they do not receive proper medical treatment. They tend to use the wrong treatment for the wrong type of infection.
The emergence of boric acid capsules as a supplementary or alternative therapeutic option has sparked both curiosity and debate within the medical community.
In recent times, the utilization of boric acid capsules and vagina washes has garnered increasing attention within the realm of women’s health. While conventional treatments for common vaginal issues such as recurring yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis remain widely available,
The use of boric acid capsules necessitates careful consideration and informed decision-making, underscoring the significance of consulting healthcare professionals to ensure their safe and appropriate use.
As part of caring for the vagina, females of this generation have introduced the use of boric acid capsules and feminelle washes to care for the private parts.
They deduced that inserting the boric acid capsules and washing with feminelle washes helped to cure their infection without a proper test to know what kind of infection it could be.
They also do not know if these products are medically advised to be used and do not seek medical advice before the usage of these products.
In a similar manner, many Nigerian ladies also insert pills for sexual activities; they call these “wetness pills”. The wetness pills, they say, take the vaginal lubrication during sex from zero to one hundred, and these are not medically advised as they have implications for the female reproductive system.
Studies have shown that Nigerian female youths do not purchase these products from the medical desk but rather purchase them from authorized vendors.
The boric acid capsule, vagina washes, and wetness pill are sold among the “online vendors” who sell clothing and random items on the social media platform. These are not sold in a hygienic way or without a prescription for their usage.
According to medical practitioners, there are different types of infections that could happen in the female body, and these infections require a different treatment, and different drugs are used to cure them.
The medical practitioners also stated that people tend to misunderstand the vagina as the vulva. They explained that the vagina cannot be seen. Therefore, it can also not be cared for, for it has its own way of caring for itself.
As stated by them, care can only be given to the vulva because it’s on the outside and can be seen. Their care includes maintaining proper hygiene.
However, in line with the care of the vagina, medical personnel stated that there are medically prescribed suppositories that can be used to heal the vagina from any form of infection but are neglected by most females.
Boric acid capsules and vagina washes are now being introduced to the vagina and sometimes used as an alternative treatment for specific vaginal issues, such as recurrent yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.
It is crucial to consult a doctor before using boric acid capsules and vagina washes without a proper diagnosis and prescription,as they can have potential side effects and may not be suitable for everyone.
In several interviews with The Hope newspaper, medical experts kicked against the use of Boric acid capsules and feminelle wash.
Medical experts said that the use of a boric acid capsule on feminine washes can ulter the natural floral that protects the vagina.
A doctor from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu, Dr. Hadiza Thompson, said these products are not medically advised.
She stated that the products may be medically tested but can damage the natural flow of the vagina.
In her words, “they may be tested medically in the labs before being sent out in circulation, but they are not medically advised and will not be recommended by gynecologists, physicians, and doctors.”
In the same way, a medical doctor, Omowonuola Caleb, said that the use of boric acid capsules and feminelle wash can damage the vagina and render infection more accessible to the vagina.
He stated that the feminelle wash can only prevent the vagina from having an abnormal odor but cannot get rid of the cause of the odor without a proper medical prescription.
Omowonuola advised that ladies should get a proper test, know the type of infection they have, and get a proper diagnosis from medical experts before inserting and applying self-medication.
Explaining further, Nurse Adesuyi Taiwo emphasized that the boric acid capsules tend to reduce the normal acidity of the vagina.
“Boric acid capsules are not the first line of management in treating infections; they tend to reduce the normal acidity of the vagina.” She added.
Adesuyi indicated that the vagina cannot be cared for; rather,care should be given to the vulva by maintaining good hygiene.
Also, a female nurse, Ogunsuyi Adedamola, added that introducing external drugs that are not medically appreciated can cause damage to vaginal health.
In her words, “The implications of using these things are that the infections would keep coming back and might not go; they could cause later stages of cervical cancer and more infections.”
She urged females not to purchase these products; rather, they should get medically approved vaginal insertions.
In conclusion, Ogunsuyi gave tips to maintain proper vaginal hygiene, such as washing the vagina with ordinary water, washing underwear with mild soap, avoiding antiseptics, and medicated soaps around the vagina.
She also gave counsel that ladies should abstain from sexual activity or practice good sexual hygiene, and both partners should be infection-free.
Akinola is on internship with The Hope