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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Unfortunately we are still experiencing supply issues on the following Canesten products; Canesten Combi, Canesten 500mg pessary, Canesten 200mg and Canesten Duopak. Canesten Soft Gel Combi will be available in store from late January. Supply of Canesten 2% Thrush cream and Canesten 1% cream is unaffected by the supply issue. This website will be updated as further updates come through. Apologies for the inconvenience this is causing to pharmacies and our customers.