There are a variety of treatments available, including gels and pessaries that you can buy over the counter, antibiotics, which are available on prescription and also home remedies.
You can go to your doctor or GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic to discuss your treatment options. Antibiotics are an effective way of treating BV but they can upset the delicate balance of bacteria in the vagina. In fact more than half of women experience BV again within three months after treatment with antibiotics.
Balance Activ®, which contains lactic acid and glycogen, works with your body to promote the growth of lactobacilli and restore your natural vaginal balance. You can buy this yourself in the shops or you can get it on prescription.
BV can recur so you can also use Balance Activ® gel or pessary a couple of times a week to help prevent it, for example if you notice recurrences when you have sex or around the time of your period you can use Balance Activ® gel or pessaries for a couple of days to help maintain your body’s natural balance at these times. 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 4-5 days.
If you have recurrent bouts of BV, 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 and it is also important to keep up to date with your cervical smear tests.