National BV Month 2016
April 2016 is National BV Month which aims to raise awareness of bacterial vaginosis a common, yet relatively unknown, vaginal condition.
How often do you talk about your vagina and intimate health? Not very often we bet. Maybe when you encounter a problem? Well, here at Balance Activ we’re encouraging women of all ages, shapes and sizes to ditch the taboo of talking about their private parts and raise awareness of feminine health issues.
Although it may not be something we shout from the rooftops, most women will suffer from a vaginal infection some time in their life. And this April, National BV Month 2016 will be raising awareness of one of the most common, but little known, vaginal conditions – bacterial vaginosis.
What is National BV Month 2016?
National BV Month is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of this common condition. It encourages women to discover more about the causes and symptoms of BV and how to tackle them.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) affects one in three women. That’s millions of women each year! Yet it is still less commonly known than the similar condition thrush, despite being twice as prevalent.
Balance Activ is proud to announce that we have partnered with Television doctor and Embarrassing Bodies favourite Dr Dawn Harper. Dr Harper has previously acted as a brand ambassador for one of our projects in 2013 and we look forward to hearing her thoughts on our latest research into feminine health. She will be conducting many interviews over the next month in a bid to raise awareness of this little-known infection.
So, What Exactly is BV?
BV is an imbalance of the pH in the vagina and the cause of many unpleasant symptoms that women may be suffering from on a regular basis, including abnormal thin, grey discharge and a fishy odour emitting from the vaginal area. To help you better understand BV, we’ve created a visual guide:
Could You Have BV?
National BV Month encourages women to speak out, so other sufferers know they’re not alone in their fight against this less than pleasant infection. It also promotes how BV is easily treated by over-the-counter Balance Activ lactic acid products.
If you think you may have bacterial vaginosis, but are not quite ready to speak to your doctor, why not try self-diagnosis and answer a few questions in our online symptom checker?
Naturally, many women find these symptoms embarrassing; they can cause physical discomfort as well as mental stress. If left untreated BV can increase a woman’s risk of catching an STI, or can cause premature birth in pregnant women.
But wait, don’t panic! BV is easily treatable. Here at Balance Activ we have a range of products that can help get rid of and prevent future infections. Take a look at the range here.
Let’s Raise Awareness of BV Together!
Make sure to tell all the women in your life about National BV Month and let’s raise awareness of intimate feminine health issues!