Our aim is to raise awareness of this common vaginal condition affecting women and encourage them to discover more about its causes and symptoms and how to tackle them. We have created a extensive series of new resources to help women experiencing bacterial vaginosis, including the following video.
What is BV?
BV (bacterial vaginosis) is the most common of all vaginal conditions, affecting 1 in 3 women†. Whilst some women may experience complications from BV, it is really easy to detect and simple and effective treatments are available. The smell of BV often causes suffers to have issues with body confidence, this site aims to help put women back in control.
About vaginal conditions
Vaginal conditions occur when bacteria or fungi become imbalanced in and around the vaginal area. The three most common vaginal conditions affecting women are bacterial vaginosis (BV), candidiasis (thrush) and trichomoniasis (trich), all of which can cause either discharge, odour, irritation or itching. Find out more about spotting the difference between BV and Thrush
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What causes BV?
BV is an imbalance in the pH of the vagina and can be caused by everyday things like:
Find out more about what causes BV.
What are the symptoms of BV?
Women may experience a discharge, plus a soreness and irritation in and around the Vagina. It can have a fishy smell and a lot of women will actually confuse this with thrush because, interestingly, everyone has heard about thrush and very few have heard about BV. In fact, BV is twice as common as thrush and affects one in three women†.
If you think you may have BV, check your symptoms here with our Symptom Checker.
What are the complications of BV?
For most women, BV is easily treated and doesn’t cause any further complications. However, if it isn’t treated, there is a chance that BV can trigger a variety of other problems such as:
- Lower success rate in falling pregnant when going through IVF
- Premature birth, miscarriage and postpartum endometritis (if BV developed in early pregnancy)**
- Higher risk of contracting an STI such as chlamydia – the change in the bacterial levels in your vagina reduces resistance
If you think you may have BV and feel you could be at risk from any of these complications you should consult your doctor.
What is the solution to BV?
BV is easy to detect and treat with Balance Activ™ BV gel. Balance Activ™ BV Gel and Balance Activ™ BV Pessary are both clinically proven to treat BV by restoring normal pH and vaginal flora.
Where can you get Balance Activ™?
Balance Activ is stocked in most major retail and pharmacy stores. Use our online store finder to find your local stockist, or ask your GP.
*Bacterial Vaginosis. Clinical Evidence. 2005