What are Balance Activ Pessaries?
Balance Activ Pessaries are a treatment which helps to ease symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis or BV. These pessaries have been clinically proven to be safe and effective at maintaining the pH of your vagina, which can help to ease irritation caused by BV. If you’re looking for an over the counter remedy for BV, Balance Activ could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
Bacterial Vaginosis, which is also known as BV, is a common infection of the vagina. Although many women who have BV don’t have any symptoms at all, there are some common symptoms that you could notice when you have this infection:
- Greyish-white vaginal discharge
- Thin and watery discharge
- A strong fishy smell, particularly after sex
- Occasional discomfort
How will Balance Activ Pessaries help to ease my BV?
Balance Activ Pessaries contain the ingredient lactic acid, which helps to ease symptoms of BV by helping to restore the natural pH balance of your vagina. They also contain an ingredient called glycogen, which helps to support the growth of lactobacilli, a protective bacterium which helps your body to maintain a healthy balance of vaginal flora.
Can I use these pessaries if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Balance Activ Pessaries are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, although you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using any new medication at this time. If you are pregnant and think that you may have a vaginal infection you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Can I use this product if I’m taking any other medication?
If you’re taking other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. Some products can interact when used together, causing unwanted side effects or making your medication less effective.
Can I use these products if I’m trying to become pregnant?
You should not use these pessaries if you are trying to become pregnant, as they may create an environment which makes it more difficult for sperm to travel through your vagina. However, this product does not contain spermicide and should not be used as a method of contraception.
How to use these pessaries
Before using this product, wash your hands thoroughly and remove the pessary from its wrapping. Sit or lie down with your knees bent and your legs apart, then gently insert the pessary into your vagina using your fingers. Make sure that the pessary is as far into your vagina as comfortably possible. Wash your hands again after inserting the pessary.
When should this product not be used?
Do not use Balance Activ Pessaries if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. These pessaries are for single use only, do not attempt to divide the pessary.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use if the expiry date printed on original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:
- Glycogen, Lactic Acid
Lactic acid, Glycogen, polyethylene glycol, Sodium Hydroxide.
Have I got bacterial vaginosis (BV) or thrush?
Thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis are common infections that can make your intimate area feel less than friendly.
If you’re struggling with an infection, you’re going to want to get rid of it fast, if only so you can lose the annoying itching!
But how can you tell the difference between these two very similar infections? Let’s find out the facts and see what makes them so different.
Does bv pessaries stop the pill from working
This drug is used to treat bacterial infections. If you take this medication while using birth control pills, it decreases the hormone levels in your birth control pills. This decrease in hormone levels can affect whether ovulation is prevented.
I've just bought the pessaries following advice from the gp, however no where specifies how long to leave it in for or if it needs to be removed. Please could you advise?
You do not remove them , it stays there, until it is effective.
Do I use Balance Activ BV pessaries for seven days?
To relieve BV: Use one pessary a day for seven days. It is recommended to use Balance Activ BV treatment at bedtime so it works while you sleep. To maintain healthy vaginal pH levels: Use regularly to help prevent future flair ups of BV. Read the enclosed leaflet for directions.
Can you tell me more about these? Do these stay in all the time or do you take them out?
To relieve BV: Use one pessary a day for seven days. It is recommended to use Balance Activ BV treatment at bedtime so it works while you sleep.
To maintain healthy vaginal pH levels: Use regularly to help prevent future flair ups of BV.
They will be absorbed by the vagina overnight
Iâ€™m 4 days into using the BV Balance Activ pessaries & Iâ€™ve woken up with a brown discharge. Is this normal?
Bacterial vaginosis is an infection that can cause brown discharge. Its main characteristic is a fishy smell coming from the vagina coupled with brown colored discharge. If this has not improved by the end of your treatment, you may need to speak to your GP or try another product.
Can I use the gel and still remain a virgin?
Yes, but we recommend being careful when inserting the tube. Make sure that only the neck of the tube is inserted into the vagina.
I’m unsure if I have BV or thrush, I’m leaning more towards thrush as I have more of the symptoms for it however I definitely have an unpleasant smell which relates more to BV. Is it possible to have both, can I take fluconazole and use balance activ at the same time?
Please review our guide https://www.chemist-4-u.com/guides/female-health/bv-or-thrush/. and you can use both together.
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