Sex is a natural and intimate part of many relationships, but what happens when you're dealing with that yeast infection and considering using boric acid for relief? Can you still have sex with your partner, or should you press pause until the coast is clear? 

First, let us help you understand boric acid and its role in combating yeast infections. Boric acid is a natural compound that has been used for decades to treat various vaginal infections, including yeast infections. It works by restoring the natural pH balance of the vagina and creating an environment that is inhospitable to yeast growth.

So what does that mean for your sex life? Well, it depends. 

Can You Have Sex While Using Boric Acid?

Boric acid is generally considered safe for vaginal use, but it's not recommended to have sex while actively using it. Why? Because boric acid can cause irritation and discomfort in some individuals, especially during intercourse. There is also a risk that boric acid may interfere with the efficacy of condoms or other barrier methods of contraception.

But we all know that intercourse isn’t the only part of sex - it’s the journey, not the destination, right? While you may need to press pause on penetrative sex while using boric acid, there are still plenty of ways to connect with your partner intimately. Consider exploring alternative forms of intimacy, such as:

Foreplay: Engage in plenty of foreplay to build anticipation and arousal. Focus on activities that feel good and are comfortable for you, whether it's kissing, caressing, or mutual masturbation.

Cuddling and Massage: Embrace the power of touch through cuddling and massage. Spend time snuggled up together, exchanging loving gestures and soothing each other's bodies with gentle massages.

Oral Sex: If you're comfortable, oral sex can be a great way to connect with your partner intimately (and get all the pleasure of clitoral stimulation) without the risk of discomfort or irritation. Communicate your preferences and desires openly, and prioritise mutual pleasure and satisfaction.

Can You Have Sex After a Treatment of Boric Acid?

If you're considering using boric acid for a yeast infection, it's best to wait until after treatment is complete before engaging in penetrative sexual activity (remember you can still find pleasure in other ways). Most healthcare providers recommend completing a full course of treatment (typically 7-14 days) before resuming sexual intercourse. This allows time for the boric acid to work its magic and for any irritation or discomfort to subside.

Communication Is Key

As with any aspect of your relationship, communication is key when it comes to navigating intimacy while using boric acid. Be [open and honest with your partner - [internal link to blog]] about what you're experiencing and the steps you're taking to address it. Discuss any concerns or questions you may have, and together, come up with a plan that works for both of you.

The decision to have sex while using boric acid is a personal one that should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and your partner. Take the time to weigh the risks and benefits, and prioritise your comfort and well-being above all else. And remember, this too shall pass – with patience, communication, and a little TLC, you’re vagina will be open again for intimacy and play.