How is bacterial vaginosis treated?
BV is treated with a course of antibiotics. You can choose between tablets which need to be taken orally or a cream or gel which you insert into your vagina.
The standard treatments for BV are metronidazole and clindamycin. Both antibiotics kill the bacteria which cause the infection.
We offer metronidazole in tablet form and as a gel, as well as a cream which contains clindamycin.
Metronidazole 400mg tablets are taken twice daily over a course of 5 days. You can take the tablets during or after a meal and should swallow each tablet with a drink of water.
Note: You must not drink alcohol during your treatment with metronidazole - this goes for the tablets and the intravaginal gel.
Metronidazole 0.75% gel (Zidoval)
Metronidazole gel is administered by inserting it directly into the vagina. The gel should be used every day before going to bed and the course lasts 5 days. The gel comes with an easy to use applicator, which helps you insert it.
The use of the gel is not recommended during your period.
You should abstain from having sex while undergoing treatment for a vaginal infection.
Clindamycin 2% cream (Dalacin)
Clindamycin cream is similar to metronidazole gel, as it is also inserted into the vagina using an applicator. Clindamycin is usually prescribed for a course of seven days and needs to be used every evening before going to bed.
Clindamycin cream can weaken barrier contraceptives, such as condoms and diaphragms.
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