Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused by many different factors- such as taking antibiotics or using regular soaps for the intimate area- so many women find they suffer from BV. Have a look below for our top tips on how to prevent BV.

Top tips for preventing BV infections:

  • Avoid using deodorants or perfumed products in and around your vaginal area
  • Avoid over-washing
  • Avoid using strong detergent to wash your underwear
  • Change your tampons or pads frequently
  • Ensure you wipe from front to back after going to the toilet
  • Dry your vaginal area after washing, swimming & working out
  • Change your underwear after swimming & working out

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Don't douch

Vaginal douching is a cause of BV and may even increase your risk of STIs or other vaginal infections.


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Due to supply difficulties, Bayer will temporarily supply the Irish market with Canesten Thrush Combi Soft Gel Pessary and External Cream PL00010/0635 from the United Kingdom. It contains a soft gel pessary as opposed to a traditional pessary, but will treat the infection in the same way. This product contains traces of soy lecithin. Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the differences between the Irish and UK patient information leaflets.

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