Frequently asked questions about bacterial vaginosis (BV)
Suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV) can be inconvenient and embarrassing at times. You may not be sure if you have BV or thrush, so it’s important to ask questions so that you can find the right treatment information.
Bacterial vaginosis, its symptoms and other personal health issues can be difficult to talk about, which is why we have created this helpful FAQ section. It’s important to remember that no online source of information can replace the knowledge and advice of your healthcare professional, so if you are unsure about anything, talk to them as soon as possible.
Is a ‘fishy’ vaginal odour a symptom of bacterial vaginosis?
‘Fishy’ vaginal odour is a characteristic BV symptom that usually sets it apart from other common vaginal infections, such as thrush. If you have symptoms, talk to your pharmacist – they will guide you on the best treatment for you. See a doctor if you are diabetic or pregnant/breastfeeding (or plan to be).
What does it mean if I have vaginal discharge?
There are a number of different conditions that may cause vaginal discharge. In the case of bacterial vaginosis, most women experience a thin, watery grey/white discharge that is accompanied by a ‘fishy’ odour. In contrast, women suffering from thrush often report a thick white discharge, similar to cottage cheese, usually accompanied by irritation and itching.
Can I use Fleurstat BVgel while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or are planning to become pregnant or breastfeed whilst receiving treatment for BV, seek the advice of your doctor first.
Can I use Fleurstat BVgel during my period?
Yes, you can use Fleurstat BVgel when menstruating.
Will Fleurstat BVgel interfere with sexual intercourse?
No. However, it is recommended to delay administering Fleurstat BVgel if you anticipate sexual activity will occur around bedtime. Administer Fleurstat BVgel after any sexual activity is complete.
Are there any side effects of Fleurstat BVgel?
he majority of women will likely not experience side effects. However, a small percentage reported headache, itching or burning around the vaginal area, abdominal pain, urinary tract infection and candidiasis (thrush).
Will Fleurstat BVgel interfere with any other products or medicines?
Fleurstat BVgel is not known or expected to interfere with medications because it is not absorbed into the bloodstream following topical vaginal application. Use of other vaginally applied products containing polyquaterniums, which are found in some personal lubricants, should be avoided while using Fleurstat BVgel, as polyquaterniums have been shown to be incompatible with astodrimer sodium, the active ingredient. No other product interaction studies have been conducted.
When is the best time to use Fleurstat BVgel?
It is recommended to apply Fleurstat BVgel at bedtime.
Can Fleurstat BVgel be used with a condom?
Yes. Fleurstat BVgel has been shown to not compromise the integrity or affect the dimensions of condoms. However, it is recommended to delay administering Fleurstat BVgel if you anticipate sexual activity will occur around bedtime. Administer Fleurstat BVgel after any sexual activity is complete.
When should I see my doctor?
BV is associated with a characteristic ‘fishy’ vaginal odour and an abnormal greyish-white, thin vaginal discharge. Other common vaginal infections may be associated with intense itching or painful urination, and clumpy or frothy discharge. If you are unsure you have BV, or suspect you have a vaginal infection other than BV, please see your doctor. Also see your doctor if you consider that you may be at risk of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), if your symptoms persist or recur, or your condition worsens, as these symptoms may be indicative of another infection including an STI. See your doctor before using the product if you are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding.