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Episode 5 - Luton

Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush

Hayley’s nether regions have been causing her problems for eight years. Itching, discharge and a strange smell have spurred Hayley into action and she’s come to see Dr Dawn for advice. Previous trips to the doctor have been ineffective at solving what seem to be recurrent thrush and bacterial vaginosis infections. One in three women will have a bacterial vaginosis infection at some point, and antibiotics are generally effective but can cause thrush as a result.

Dr Dawn takes a swab and sends it off for analysis, but in the meantime provides Hayley with a lactic acid gel, which should help to regulate the acidity within her vagina and prevent the bacterial vaginosis from taking hold.

After examination by microbiologist Professor Val Edwards-Jones it transpires that Hayley is currently suffering from bacterial vaginosis, but not thrush. This means that the lactic acid gel Dr Dawn provided could well provide the cure Hayley’s been looking for. And it seems it has! Hayley noticed a difference within a couple of days of using the gel. Her problems are all cleared up and she’s now much more confident.

As part of our campaign to raise awareness of bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, two of the most common vaginal infections, the Embarrassing Bodies team visit Newcastle University. After swabbing some students to test pH levels, it emerges that one in four of our volunteers shows signs of a raised pH level. This makes bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis a possibility worthy of further investigation.

The Embarrassing Bodies team would like to thank:

Newcastle University Students’ Union

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Bv gel you can buy from boots, sainsbury, Lloyd chemist.





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I suffered from Years of BV. I live in NZ and would like to try the gel as well. I have googled this to buy in NZ but cannot find it. Is there somewhere online I could try to purchase the Gel for BV?





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I am 36 weeks pregnant and recently have been told that I had bacterial vaginosis, I was prescribed antibiotics and finished them and now I have self diagnosed thrush. I am worried that my baby will decide to arrive before I can clear up my thrush and then catch the infection from me. Not a great way to start my baby's life... Finally it's Monday and now I can see my GP for treatment...





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I have had reoccurrent BV and Thrush ever since having PID at the age of 15 which developed into a tubo-ovarian abcess. Ever since this abcess I have non stop problems. I have cut out sugar, had all the antibiotics and been on lactic acid gel (balance active) and none of it has worked. My gynaecologist has no idea why it keeps reoccurring and I have now lost so many jobs and had to stop my education because of the pain I'm left in! I need help!





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I have suffered with monthlyish water infections since I was about 6, well that's my first recorded doctors appointment about it. I am now 22 and still suffering, I finally got through to a doctor that I wouldn't just 'grow out of it' and it's been going on for years and had some tests and found out I have bv, I've treated it both with antibiotics and balance activ gel and nothing seems to get rid of it, it's stops symptoms for a month or so but then just comes back, I've been put on another course of antibiotics but I couldn't finish the course by one day because I have received a lot if the side effects and am also suffering with a very bad case of thrush which I feel was because of the antibiotics. Can anyone help me or point me in some direction of who to talk to as I really don't want to love with this all of my life? Please help?





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Hi iv had bv and thrush now for over a year the lactic acid works for only a couple of days nothing seems to work now could it be something more?





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What was drug called that cleared up the loopis condition please Thanks Alan





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I get recurring BV and would like to try the Lactic Acid Gel. Do I see my doctor for it or can you get it over the counter and how long are you supposed to use it for to clear the BV.





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I think it's called Balance Activ as the tubes the doctor showed on the tv are the same. Doctors recommend it. Buy from boots for around £8 for 7 tubes





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I'm also on the mycrophenolate and long term steroids and they have helped me with my illness ..along with bone tablets due to being on long term steroids my illness is in my brain and central nervous system , although had kidney removed also ..just wondering now if this rash on my feet is linked to the illness too





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