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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. You can buy BV treatment over the counter at your local LloydsPharmacy or online. If this bacterial vaginosis treatment doesn’t work, then it can be treated with antibiotics. Your doctor or pharmacist will recommend an oral pill or a cream or gel for 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. Stopping using perfumed soaps to wash your genitals, could also help to clear the infection and stop it from reoccurring.

Is there a cure for BV?

Yes, BV can be easily diagnosed and treated. Once the infection has been treated and cleared you may get BV again. Previously having BV treatment doesn’t make you immune. There are precautions you can take to lower your chances of getting the infection in the future. These 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

Making sure you’re 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.

Can BV go away without treatment?

If your body can restore its own pH balance, occasionally BV will go away on its own. If your symptoms are affecting your daily life and causing you discomfort you should talk to your GP, pharmacist or a nurse at your local sexual health clinic. They will be able to offer advice and BV treatment options.

Who can get BV?

Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection that can affect women and girls no matter what your age. If you’re sexually active your risk of developing the infection increases.

Can I pass bacterial vaginosis to my partner?

If your partner is male you won’t be able to pass bacterial vaginosis (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 BV 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 haven't cleared after using pharmacy medication, you may need to see 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 – LloydsDirect by LloydsPharmacy.