Bacterial Vaginosis 2017-10-02T16:50:26+00:00

Bacterial Vaginosis

Welcome to Qoctor’s online prescription service, which provides treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis.  Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to learn more about this condition- there’s lots of helpful health information below.

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About Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria that normally live in the vagina. It can lead to abnormal discharge, which may be watery, grey or white, and may have a fishy odour. Though it’s not clear why it happens, it’s more common in sexually active women and using condoms appears to make it less likely to develop. The diagnosis is confirmed by a vaginal swab performed by a doctor. Treatment is not needed if you have no symptoms, as it does not cause any harm. However, some women get repeated episodes with unpleasant symptoms, and may require antibiotic treatment. This can be in tablet form, or as a vaginal cream.

If you’ve previously had Bacterial Vaginosis confirmed by a doctor, and the same symptoms have returned, Qoctor can prescribe the treatment you need. However, if you feel the symptoms are different, or if you’re not quite sure, Qoctor strongly recommends you seek advice from your doctor in person-you may need to have tests for BV, as well as thrush and sexually transmitted infections.

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Qoctor can guide you safely through the process of getting an oral antibiotic for Bacterial Vaginosis, or you may prefer the option of a vaginal cream. It is important not to drink alcohol when taking antibiotics for BV, as it can cause a nasty reaction. If the treatment does not get rid of the symptoms, you should see your doctor.

You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!

  • Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication.
  • If you’re just getting a paper prescription, that’s it!
  • If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
  • If you want express delivery for any of these, it’s an extra $4.99
  • And we’ll always let you know about cheaper generic versions, where available!

If you’d like to try a medication for your symptoms,  simply select one of the medications below and we’ll take you through a series of important questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.

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Qoctor prescribes a number of treatment options for Bacterial Vaginosis. Oral antibiotic tablets include Metronidazole (Metronide) which is a 7 day course and Tinidazole ( also known as Simplotan and Fasigyn) which is a one day course. These vary slightly in cost but work equally well. Some women may prefer to use a topical vaginal cream or gel (Dalacin or Zidoval)- these are taken for 5 to 7 days and may help avoid some of the side effects an oral antibiotic may cause. They tend to be a little more expensive than an oral antibiotic.

ImageNameActive IngredientsDosage(s)No Of PillsRepeatsPriceCheaper Alternative/sBuy
FasigynFasigyntinidazole 500mg500mg40$19.99$34.69simplotan19.99
SimplotanSimplotantinidazole 500mg500mg40$19.99$26.98None19.99
Dalacin V CreamDalacin V CreamClindamycin 2% Vag Gel2%40g+ 7 App0$19.99$43.49None19.99
ZidovalZidovalMetronidazole 0.75% Vag Gel0.75%40g + 5 App0$19.99$50.24None19.99
MetronideMetronideMetronidazole 400mg400mg140$19.99$26.49None19.99

Common Questions and Answers

What is bacterial vaginosis (BV) and what are the symptoms? 2017-10-02T16:46:04+00:00

A normal, healthy vagina is home to a variety of different bacteria. However, in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) the balance is disturbed, and an overgrowth of some of these bacteria occurs. It’s not entirely clear why this happens. The most common symptom is a change in vaginal discharge, which may become white-grey in colour and may have a fishy smell. However, many women with BV do not have any symptoms at all (up to half of cases).

Is bacterial vaginosis a sexually transmitted disease? 2017-10-02T16:45:41+00:00

Bacterial Vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection (although using condoms does seem to make it less likely to develop). It can affect all women, whether they have had sex or not, but it is more common in sexually active women. Male sexual partners of women who have BV do not need any treatment, though female sexual partners may.

Who gets bacterial vaginosis and what are the risk factors? 2017-10-02T16:45:17+00:00

In women of reproductive age, BV is the most common cause of vaginal discharge.

Women are more likely to get BV if they:

  • are sexually active
  • have recently changed sexual partner
  • have a history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • are smokers
  • have a copper coil for contraception
  • use bubble bath

Women are less likely to get BV if:

  • they use the combined oral contraceptive pill
  • they have a partner who has had a circumcision
  • their partner uses a condom
How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed? 2017-10-02T16:44:54+00:00

BV is usually diagnosed on the basis of your symptoms, and is confirmed by taking a vaginal swab, which can be performed by a doctor or nurse. You may also need tests for STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea. If you are pregnant, and suspect you may have BV, it’s important to get tested and treated, as it can increase the risk of pregnancy-related complications.

What are the possible complications of BV? 2017-10-02T16:44:31+00:00

In most women, BV causes no harm whatsoever, though the discharge may be unpleasant. However, if you have untreated BV during pregnancy, there is a slightly higher risk of premature labour, miscarriage, preterm birth and having a baby with a low birthweight. If you are pregnant and suspect you may have BV, you should see your GP or midwife. BV can also cause complications if you have had recent gynaecological surgery- the chance of developing an infection of the womb is higher.

There is also some evidence that women with untreated BV may be at an increased risk of getting other STIs and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

What is the treatment for bacterial vaginosis? 2017-10-02T16:44:09+00:00

If you are diagnosed with BV, you may wish to take antibiotics to get rid of the symptoms. There are two types of antibiotic tablet that may be used. Metronidazole is taken twice a day for 7 days. Tinidazole is another option- it’s taken as a single dose (made up of 4 tablets).  Some people may get side-effects with these treatments, such as nausea. You shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking these antibiotics, or for 48 hours after stopping treatment, as it can lead to vomiting and facial flushing.

There are also topical creams and gels that can be inserted into the vagina to treat BV. Metronidazole vaginal gel and Clindamycin vaginal cream are two options- they are used for 5-7 nights in a row, and are just as effective as oral antibiotic.

If symptoms are mild, there is a good chance that BV will gradually clear by itself. And if BV is picked up on a swab but you have no symptoms, there’s generally no need for treatment at all. However, in pregnancy, or just after gynaecological surgery, there’s a higher chance of complications, and it’s usually recommended to have treatment.

Do I need a test to make sure it’s gone? 2017-10-02T16:43:42+00:00

No, if symptoms get better, you do not usually require any further testing, though if you are pregnant, retesting may be advisable.

What if it comes back? 2017-10-02T16:43:21+00:00

If your symptoms come back immediately or do not get better after treatment, you may need a vaginal swab and other tests to make sure there’s nothing else going on. If you’ve had treatment for BV and it settled, but then comes back again after weeks or months, another course of antibiotics will often be successful. But any symptoms that do not get better should be discussed with a doctor.

Does my partner need testing? 2017-10-02T16:42:42+00:00

Although BV is not an STI, if you have a female partner, she should consider being tested if she also has symptoms. However, a male partner does not need to be tested.

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