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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection caused by the imbalance of the pH in the vagina. Lactobacilli, an organism found in the vagina, helps to regulate the pH so that other bacteria cannot grow in the vagina. When other bacteria enters the vagina, it can reduce the amount of lactobacilli, which allows other bacteria to grow, resulting in BV.
BV may not present symptoms or you may notice a change in vaginal discharge. We have a range of BV treatments including tablets to treat the infection and vaginal gels.
There are some causes known to disrupt the natural pH of the vagina. Using perfumed washes, unprotected sex, tight clothing, or washing underwear in strong detergents.
BV is not a sexually transmitted infection, but it can increase the risk of getting an STI.
BV can often resolve itself on its own by stopping use of vaginal washes and strong detergents. However, for people that have recurring BV, antibiotics can help to remove bacteria in the vagina.
Speak to a member of our team today about treatment options that work best for you.
BV often does not display symptoms, and usually goes unnoticed. However, some women may experience changes in vaginal discharge, that can be greyish-white in colour with a particular fishy odour, that usually worsens after sex.