Antibiotics are very effective in treating BV. Your doctor can prescribe them, but they can upset the delicate balance of bacteria in the vagina.
You can also ask your doctor about Balance Activ®, as an alternative to antibiotics. It has been proven to be as effective as antibiotics in relieving sypmtoms of BV. Balance Activ® products contain lactic acid and glycogen, which work with your body to restore the natural pH balance of your vagina and fight BV.
You can buy this yourself in the shops or you can get it on prescription in the UK. BV can recur so you can also use Balance Activ® a couple of times a week to help prevent it, for example if you notice recurrences around the time of your period you can use it to help maintain your body’s natural balance at these times. If you have recurrent bouts of it, though, it’s wise to ask your doctor or sexual health clinic to test your discharge via a laboratory, in case other bacteria are involved, which may need a different treatment.