What treatments are available for BV?
There are a variety of treatments on offer, including gels and pessaries that can be bought over the counter, online or on prescription. Antibiotics are also available on prescription from your doctor or pharmacist (although they can upset the delicate balance of bacteria), while some people even choose home remedies.
You can talk through the treatment options with your doctor or GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic.
Balance Activ®, has been shown to be as effective as antibiotics in relieving symptoms of BV[i]. It contains lactic acid and glycogen, working with your body to promote the growth of good bacteria and restore the natural vaginal balance. You can buy this in the shops or get it on prescription.
You can also use Balance Activ® gel a couple of times a week to prevent BV from returning. For example, if you notice recurrences around the time of your period you can use Balance Activ® for a couple of days to help maintain your body’s natural balance. In addition, you can use one pessary every third day for three months to maintain the natural pH balance in your vagina, or one pessary daily at the end of a course of antibiotics for four to five days.
How you can treat BV
|Antibiotics on Prescription||Vaginal pessaries or gels from your local pharmacy or online|
Is there a test for BV?
Yes. You can visit your doctor or GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic to test for BV. It’s especially important if you think you have BV and are pregnant, as untreated BV can lead to complications.[ii]
Many of us mistake the symptoms of BV for thrush, so it’s important to know the difference and get the right treatment.
It’s a good idea to consult your doctor or Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic for advice if BV recurs as there can be a small risk of further complications if left untreated.
Not sure whether or not you have BV? Try our online symptom checker, designed by experts on the Intimate Health Taskforce, to guide you to the right treatment.