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What is Balance Activ
There are remedies available which will help to rebalance the vagina’s natural pH levels to alleviate the symptoms of BV. Balance Activ BV pessaries are clinically proven to do this and ease the irritation. It is easy to administer, getting right to the root of the issue.
Bacterial Vaginosis, or BV, is an infection of the vagina which is quite common in women. The vagina is naturally acidic, but if the pH levels rise to be in excess of 4.5, this can cause BV. BV is not a serious condition, and many women who suffer from it will not be aware as they will not experience any symptoms. However, for those who do have symptoms, they can be uncomfortable and cause some embarrassment. Symptoms include:
- More discharge than normal that is greyish white in colour
- Discharge that might change in composition to become thin and watery
- A strong smell that is particularly evident after sexual intercourse
- Discomfort and irritation felt in the genital region (this is less common)
BV is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI); however, it can make it more easy to contract chlamydia.
Balance Activ BV pessaries are safe to use and can even be used during pregnancy and menstruation. However, if you think you have a vaginal infection whilst pregnancy, it is advisable to speak to your GP.
If used at the same time as having a fungal infection such as thrush, Balance Activ BV pessaries might cause a mild stinging sensation due to the cracks in the vaginal tissues, but this will only be temporary.
How long do I use Balance Activ BV Pessaries for before I notice a difference?
You should start to notice an improvement in the symptoms of your BV from the first dose taken, as it will get to work immediately. Your symptoms of BV should be almost fully cleared within just a few days of use, but it is advisable to take the full 7-day course of treatment to ensure your internal health is restored in full.
The pessaries will get right to the heart of the problem and, when used as directed, will treat your BV effectively.
How do Balance Activ BV Pessaries work?
The formulas contained within Balance Activ BV Pessaries has been proven in clinical trials to restore the vagina’s natural pH balance and the vaginal flora by using the active ingredients, lactic acid and glycogen. When this pH level starts to exceed 4.5, BV can become a problem, and the symptoms experienced.
Not only do Balance Activ BV Pessaries use lactic acid, but they also contain glycogen which will provide nutrients that will encourage the growth of lactobacilli. These are protective bacteria which helps to maintain a healthy balance of the vagina.
How effective are Balance Activ BV Pessaries?
The Balance Activ BV Pessaries formula has been shown to be safe and effective at restoring and maintaining the natural pH balance of the vagina in clinical trials.
The pessaries will begin to work immediately on redressing the balance by providing the area with lactic acid, and symptoms should be fully cleared within just a few days. It is advisable to continue the course of treatment for the full 7 days to ensure you clear the problem entirely and get the best results.
If required, this product can be taken intermittently for more extended periods or as a preventative measure when you know you are susceptible to getting BV at certain times of the month.
Always follow the instructions for use which will be provided with your product. If you have any questions in advance of purchase, please contact one of the experts at Click Pharmacy, who will be happy to help.
Balance Activ BV Pessaries have been shown to be as effective as antibiotics when it comes to treating the symptoms of BV.
Can I buy Balance Activ BV Pessaries online?
Yes, although Balance Activ BV Pessaries are classed as a medicine, they are available to purchase online through approved online pharmacists such as Click Pharmacy. You will not require a prescription or to fill out a medical questionnaire in advance of purchase.
If you would like to receive the product urgently, you can take advantage of Click Pharmacy’s next day delivery service to have it sent to the address of your choosing quickly. Simply select this option as part of the check out process.
If you would like to speak to a pharmacist about your symptoms or this product in advance of your purchase, please contact the experts at Click Pharmacy, who will be happy to help.
What dose should I choose?
Balance Activ BV Pessaries come in this specified dose only, and each pessary is exactly the right quantity of the active ingredient, lactic acid, to administer each time. It allows you to easily treat the symptoms of BV by getting the remedy right to the heart of the problem, and there is no danger of overusing or wasting the product.
Full instructions will be provided within your product packaging. Please ensure you read them in full before use.
How should I use Balance Activ BV Pessaries?
Balance Activ BV Pessaries are easy to use and will effectively treat your symptoms of BV. In order to administer your treatment, please follow these instructions:
It is best advised to insert your pessaries at bedtime when you are able to lie down in a comfortable position. Administering them whilst lying down and then staying in this position for some time will allow them to stay in place and can therefore keep the maximum amount of the active ingredient where it is required to treat the problem. You will also prevent some leakage by being in this position, although you may prefer to wear a panty liner too.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
- Remove a single pessary from the packet – this is your recommended single dose, and the pessary should never be cut or divided in any way.
- Sit or lie down with your knees bent and your legs spread apart
- Gently insert the pessary as far into the vagina as is possible and comfortable using your fingers
- Thoroughly wash your hands again
Full details and instructions will be provided with your product. Please read them before use and ensure you follow them.
What are the side effects of Balance Activ BV Pessaries?
There are no known side effects of using Balance Activ BV Pessaries, however, as with all products applied to the skin or taken internally, reactions can occur. These are rare and are usually as a result of an allergy to one of the ingredients contained within the product.
If you do notice any adverse effects from using Balance Activ BV Pessaries, please discontinue use and speak with your medical professional as soon as possible.
Please note: if you use Balance Activ BV Pessaries whilst having a fungal infection such as thrush, you may feel a slight stinging sensation which is as a result of the product touching cracks in the vagina walls. This is not dangerous and will only be temporary.
When shouldn’t I use Balance Activ BV Pessaries?
Balance Activ BV Pessaries is safe to use in women suffering from BV and even by those who are pregnant. However, it is always advisable to speak with your GP if you think you have a vaginal infection whilst pregnant.
Do not use Balance Activ BV Pessaries if you are allergic to any of the ingredients which are:
- Lactic Acid
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Sodium Hydroxide
Do not use if you are trying to conceive, as the pessaries may create an environment which makes it more difficult for sperm to travel through the vagina and into the uterus.
Do not use as a form of contraception – it does not contain any form of spermicide.
Always use as directed.
Avoid contact with the eyes. If contact occurs, flush out with plenty of water immediately.
What is the difference between Balance Activ BV Pessaries and Vagisil Ph Balance Wash / Canesten Canesbalance Bacterial Vaginosis Gel?
Vagisil Ph Balance Wash is a wash to use each day that will work to maintain the healthy balance of pH within your vagina. This should prevent the occurrence of issues such as BV. It is not a treatment for the symptoms as such.
Canesten Canesbalance Bacterial Vaginosis Gel needs to be administered with an applicator as it is not in pessary format. Like Balance Activ BV pessaries, it uses lactic acid and glycogen to restore the natural balance of the vagina.
How do I know if I have Bacterial Vaginosis?
Although not all females experience symptoms from Bacterial Vaginosis possible symptoms which indicate you may have BV include the following:
- White to grey vaginal discharge
- Fish like smell
- Watery discharge
Can I use Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment if I am trying to become pregnant?
It is advised to refrain from using Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment if you are trying to become pregnant. This is because Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment creates an atmosphere in the vagina which makes it extremely difficult for sperm to travel up the vagina.
How should I store Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment?
You should store Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment in a cool dry place, out of reach from children and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
Can I use Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment while taking other medicines?
You should consult with a doctor or pharmacist before combining different drugs with Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment. This is to ensure the drugs do not interfere with one another, and cause unwanted side effects.
After using Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment you are unlikely to experience any side effects. This is because the treatment is not expected to interfere with anything. If you experience any of the following:
- Severe itching
- Burning like sensation
- Swelling of skin
- Difficulty breathing
You may be experiencing an allergic reaction. In this case you should stop using Balance Activ Pessaries for BV Treatment immediately and seek medical advice from a professional as soon as possible.