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Any infection can be worrying, but when an infection like bacterial vaginosis develops, you might be a little embarrassed, too.
BV occurs when the natural balance of your vaginal bacteria shifts, causing too much yeast to grow.
It can produce unpleasant symptoms like a fishy smell and thin, grey, watery discharge, but this doesn’t mean you’re unclean - it can be caused by many different things.
Don’t worry, we have a range of BV treatments that can get the bacterial balance in your vagina back to normal again.
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What causes bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is sometimes misunderstood to be an STI, but it isn’t - it’s caused when the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina shift, causing an overgrowth of yeast.
It’s more common in women who are sexually active, have recently changed partners, have an IUD or use perfumed products in or around your vagina.
Although BV isn’t an STI, it can be triggered by sex and can be passed to another woman during sex.
What’s the difference between bacterial vaginosis and thrush?
Thrush is a common fungal infection that can affect your vagina, making it very similar to BV in some ways. Vaginal thrush and BV have quite different symptoms, so it’s usually pretty simple to tell them apart. Here’s a rundown of the symptoms you’ll experience with each one:
|Strong fishy smell||No noticeable smell|
|Thin, watery, grey-ish discharge||White, thick, cottage cheese-like discharge|
|No itching||Itching and irritation around the vagina|
|No soreness||Stinging or burning sensation, especially when you pee|
How should I treat bacterial vaginosis?
In order to treat your bacterial vaginosis, you’ll need to restore the acidic balance in the vagina and allow healthy bacteria to flourish.
Canesbalance Bacterial Vaginal Gel contains lactic acid and glycogen to relieve the unpleasant odour and abnormal discharge, restricting the growth of ‘bad’ bacteria and supporting the ‘good’ bacteria.
The gel is easy to insert using the hygienic single-use applicators and will treat your bacterial vaginosis in 2-3 days.
What probiotics should you take for bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there’s an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina.
Taking probiotics - which are packed full of good bacteria - may help to stabilise the levels of bacteria in your vagina, eliminating bacterial vaginosis.
There’s still plenty of ongoing research into probiotics, but it’s said that types of Lactobacillus bacteria are found in a healthy vagina.
Look out for ingredients like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.