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Treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV)

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How to get rid of BV

Knowing the underlying cause of your bacterial vaginosis (BV) will help you to easily and quickly treat the infection. Changing your personal hygiene habits, such as discontinuing using perfumed soaps to wash your genitals, could help to clear the infection and stop it from reoccurring. You can buy BV treatment over the counter instore at your local pharmacy or online to treat the infection. However if this method of bacterial vaginosis treatment fails then it can be treated with antibiotics. Your doctor or Pharmacist will recommend whether you take these as an oral pill or whether it is more suitable for you to apply a cream or gel to the inside of your vagina.

What is the best treatment for BV?

There are antibiotic treatments for BV that require a prescription; these tend to be stronger and faster acting than over the counter alternatives.

Is there a cure for BV?

Yes, BV can be easily diagnosed and treated. However, just because you have been treated and cleared of BV, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get the infection again. Having BV treatment does not make you immune, although there are precautions you can take to lower your chances of developing the infection in the future. These actions will also help to relieve any current symptoms that you may be experiencing.

How to lower your risk of developing bacterial vaginosis:

  • Shower instead of having baths – don’t fill your baths with bubbles or gels
  • Don’t use perfumed soaps or gels to wash your vagina
  • Avoid douching
  • Wash your underwear in sensitive detergent
  • Wear cotton underwear

Can BV go away without treatment?

Occasionally BV will go away on its own however this will be dependent upon whether your body is able to restore its own pH balance. If your symptoms are affecting your daily life and causing you discomfort you should discuss these with your GP, Pharmacist or a nurse at your local sexual health clinic. They will be able to offer advice and BV treatment options.

Making sure that you are practising good feminine hygiene as well as eating a healthy balanced diet will help to support the good bacteria in your body. These good bacteria will be able to keep any bad bacteria in check, allowing your vagina to maintain its ideal pH level.

Who can get BV?

Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection that can affect any woman or girl no matter what their age. However your risk of developing the infection does increase if you are sexually active.

Can I pass bacterial vaginosis to my partner?

If your partner is male you won’t be able to pass BV to them through sex, as men can’t catch it. However if your sexual partner is female you can pass BV to them and they can pass bacterial vaginosis to you.

How will I know if I have BV?

The symptoms of BV can include thin discharge and burning when you urinate. To find out more about the signs of BV visit our symptoms page.

Can I get a prescription for BV?

If your symptoms have not cleared after using medication bought from a pharmacy, you may need to visit your GP. They can prescribe antibiotics to help treat the infection if necessary. If you experience recurring BV you may have a repeat prescription from your GP. If you’d like your prescription delivered to your home we can help with our free prescription delivery service – Echo by LloydsPharmacy.