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Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina.
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2. Consult with a Partner Doctor online

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R590

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Doctor Fees

E-prescription Available

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Free Delivery

Prescribed Medication

BV is common and treatable

Our Bacterial Vaginosis treatment offering allows you to consult with one of our Partner Doctors for R300 virtually. Have your prescribed medication discreetly delivered for free to your door, or ask your assigned Partner Doctor during your consultation to receive your prescription via email for R50.

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The balance you’ve been looking for

Bacterial vaginosis happens when there’s a shift in the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. Usually, the vagina has a mix of “good” bacteria (Lactobacillus species) and other kinds of bacteria. However, when harmful bacteria like Gardnerella vaginalis multiply excessively, bacterial vaginosis can occur.

Individuals with this condition may not notice it or might mistake it for other vaginal, urinary tract infections or even an STI. Commonly, bacterial vaginosis leads to changes in the odour and colour of vaginal discharge.

Our Partner Doctors are here to assist you with the medication you need for BV.

Bacterial Vaginosis

What is BV?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Several factors can increase the risk of developing BV, including having multiple sexual partners, douching, using intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception, smoking, and using certain hygiene products or antibiotics.

While some risk factors for BV are not modifiable, there are steps women can take to reduce their risk, such as avoiding douching, limiting the number of sexual partners, using condoms consistently and correctly, and avoiding smoking.

BV is easily treatable with prescription based antibiotics. It’s important to complete the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully eradicated

What is the cause and the symptoms of BV?

Causes: BV occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. Normally, the vagina contains a balance of “good” bacteria (Lactobacillus species) and other bacteria. When there’s an overgrowth of harmful bacteria such as Gardnerella vaginalis, BV can develop.

Symptoms: BV symptoms may include a thin, white or gray vaginal discharge, a strong fishy odor (especially after sex), itching or irritation in the vaginal area, and sometimes burning during urination. However, some women with BV may not experience any symptoms.

What is the difference between bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections?
Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection that is treated with antibiotics. It can cause symptoms including thin gray, green, or white vaginal discharge; a strong unusual odor (especially after sex or menstruation); and burning during urination.

A yeast infection is a fungal infection that is treated with antifungal medication. It can cause symptoms including thick, white vaginal discharge; itching, irritation, and soreness of the vulva; pain or discomfort during sex or urination; and redness and swelling of the vulva.

When should I get treatment for BV?

    If you suspect you have bacterial vaginosis (BV) or experience symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge, a fishy odor, or vaginal itching or irritation, it’s essential to seek medical advice promptly. Getting treatment for BV as soon as possible can help alleviate symptoms, prevent complications, and reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Additionally, if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant and have symptoms of BV, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare provider for proper evaluation and treatment, as BV can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy.

    Can BV be treated online?
    Yes, our partner doctors are able to treat both men and women 18 years and older.
    How does BV treatment work?
    The most common treatment approach is a course of antibiotics, usually taken orally or applied vaginally. These antibiotics are typically prescribed for a short duration, usually ranging from 5 to 7 days.

    The goal of treatment is to eliminate the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. In most cases, symptoms of BV improve within a few days of starting treatment, and the infection clears up completely within a week or so.

    However, while the initial treatment for BV is short-term, some women may experience recurrence of BV after completing their course of antibiotics. In such cases, a healthcare provider may recommend additional or prolonged treatment to help prevent recurrence. This could involve repeated courses of antibiotics or other measures aimed at restoring and maintaining the balance of bacteria in the vagina over the long term.

    Additionally, some women may benefit from lifestyle changes or preventive measures to reduce the risk of BV recurrence, such as avoiding douching, using condoms consistently and correctly, and maintaining good genital hygiene. Regular follow-up with a healthcare provider is important for monitoring and managing BV, especially for women who experience recurrent infections.

    How effective is BV treatment?

    It’s important to complete the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully eradicated, however, recurrent symptoms may occur. This is typically a normal occurrence for most woman, however, it is nothing to be overly concerned about.

    If recurrent symptoms occur, it is best to consult your health care provider to receive progressive treatment to manage symptoms until the symptoms fully fade and your PH is able to balance out.

    Can BV symptoms reoccur?
    BV can recur even after successful treatment. Women who have had BV once are at higher risk of experiencing it again. In such cases, a healthcare provider may recommend prolonged or repeated courses of antibiotics, or other measures to help prevent recurrence.
    Can BV lead to other health complications?

    While BV itself is not usually serious, it can lead to complications if left untreated. It may increase the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. BV can also lead to complications during pregnancy, including premature birth and low birth weight.

    How long is the BV treatment plan?

    The treatment plan for BV would depend on your symptoms as well as your treatment course advised by your assigned doctor.

    Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment

    How much does Contro’s BV treatment service cost?

    A virtual BV treatment consultation with one of our Partner Doctors costs R300. This includes all doctor’s fees, prescription fees and free delivery.

    After a successful consultation, cash customers will additionally be charged for their prescribed medication. The treatment price will vary and will depend on which medication(s) your assigned Partner Doctor prescribes you. Our Partner Doctors will always work within your budget and ensure you get the best possible treatment available. The total cost for cash customers starts from R590 depending on your diagnosis and prescribed medication.

    The total cost for medical aid customers is R300, depending if your medical aid scheme covers your prescribed medication.

    Does Contro replace my primary doctor?
    No, Contro’s service offering does not replace your primary doctor. We save you time and money by offering you a supplementary online delivery and subscription service, and therefore your assigned Partner Doctor does not replace your primary doctor or GP, and is not responsible for your ongoing primary care.
    Can I claim through my medical aid?
    Yes, but only for your medication costs. Medical aid customers are still required to pay our R150 service fee each month. We are working hard to get the medical aids to cover this service fee.

    Our Partner Pharmacy will make the claim for your medication with your medical aid scheme each month. If your claim is unsuccessful we will reach out to you and confirm you are happy to switch to paying privately for your medication each month instead.

    If you are unsure whether your medical aid scheme will cover your prescribed medication, or allow you to use your savings to pay for your prescribed medication, please contact your provider.

    When and how is my medication delivered to me?
    Our Partner Doctors offer consultations Monday – Friday excluding public holidays. We aim to offer you a consultation within 2 business days.

    After a successful consultation, your assigned Partner Doctor will produce a repeat prescription for your prescribed medication which is sent electronically to our Partner Pharmacy. Our Partner Pharmacy will contact you telephonically to confirm your details and delivery address, and will make a claim on your behalf if you have provided medical aid details.

    Their pharmacy team will prepare and despatch your medication to your chosen delivery address. Once your order has been despatched, delivery time is 1-3 business days.

    You will receive an SMS from our Partner Pharmacy to notify you that your medication has been despatched each month. This will contain a tracking number that will allow you to track your medication with the applicable courier service here.

    Please note, you cannot change your delivery address once payment has been processed and your prescription has been sent to our Partner Pharmacy for processing.

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