What is Bacterial Vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common condition in which the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina becomes disrupted. This results in a fishy greyish discharge from the vagina. About one in three women will experience this at some point and if you do have it reoccurrences are very common, happening in over half of women within 6 months of initially successful treatment. BV is not normally dangerous but can cause complications in pregnancy so if you have vaginal discharge in pregnancy you should see your GP straight away.
Bacterial Vaginosis Test
Convenient self-tests are available to purchase online. Canestest is a convenient self-test that allows you to independently determine whether you’re suffering from thrush, BV or another infection. The results provided are over 90% accurate. Canestest is a simple swab test that can give a diagnosis in just ten seconds.
Canestest works by examining any pH changes. A higher vaginal pH indicates that you could be suffering from bacterial vaginosis, whereas a normal vaginal pH means that your symptoms are likely caused by thrush.
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What is the treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis?
If you have been diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis by a clinic, your GP or using a home test, the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service could supply the treatment you need following a simple online consultation with our UK registered GP.
A treatment provided is metronidazole 400 mg tablets, take one tablet twice a day for seven days. The symptoms should improve within 2-3 days.
Zidoval gel is also available through the Online Doctor service. Zidoval works by killing many different types of bacteria which can cause infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is applied inside the vagina where it destroys bacteria.
A non-prescription treatment is also available to purchase online. Canesbalance Vaginal Gel helps to relieve the unpleasant odour and abnormal discharge and helps to restrict the growth of bad bacteria that causes BV.