I have been a Consultant of Genito-Urinary Medicine at St George’s Healthcare Trust for over 15 years. I have a specialist interest in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), am a member of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), and draft the National Guidelines for the Management of BV. These are the guidelines that are used in GUM Clinics across the UK used to diagnose, treat and manage BV.
We regularly see new cases of BV in clinic. Many of these women visiting the clinic for the first time with concerns about their symptoms are generally unaware of the condition. I also hold a weekly clinic for women with recurrent BV; these women can have recurrences every month.
Antibiotics are the most common treatment used for BV, but it’s not uncommon to see women again at a later date as their symptoms have returned. Unfortunately the antibiotics prescribed to treat BV have side-effects, which many of my patients find unpleasant. Aside from this they, quite rightly, aren’t keen on repeatedly taking antibiotics and would welcome an alternative treatment.
I have tried alternative treatment methods, such as acetic acid preparations such as Aci-Jel; these work by normalising pH. I have never been truly satisfied with their effectiveness though, particularly against recurrent BV, and often find myself prescribing antibiotics again.
Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel appealed to me as the active ingredients offer more than the previous alternatives I have tried, and there is published clinical evidence that show that the product is as effective as antibiotics. I started using the product in my clinic in Spring 2007 and it has made a huge difference, as an alternative to antibiotics for women with recurrent BV.
I have used Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel both to treat and prevent BV. To treat BV I recommend one pack of Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel is used (apply at bedtime for 7 days). For recurrent BV I recommend they use 3 tubes around the time they expect recurrence to occur - this is usually with their period. It seems to work best if started the day before the period is due. If they are patients in my recurrent clinic I recommend that the patient continues to use Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel to prevent further recurrences and maintain a healthy vaginal environment. To date, the use of Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel in my recurrent clinic has had a really positive effect; the majority of my patients are really pleased with the results.
Another great thing about lactic acid gels is that, unlike antibiotics, it mimic’s the bodies natural defence mechanism so it’s safe for women to use as often as they like, as it doesn’t cause any side effects.
I would recommend women who suffer from BV try Balance Activ™ Vaginal Gel – It offers a much needed alternative to antibiotics for the treatment and prevention of the condition.