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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition caused by bacteria. It is treated with antibiotics, which can either be taken as tablets or inserted into the vagina in the form of a cream or gel.
Order your treatment online from DrEd - our service is fast, confidential and discreet. When you place your order, you will fill in a brief medical questionnaire. Our online doctor will use your answers to assess whether BV antibiotics are the right treatment for you.
We offer prescriptions for the following BV treatments:
Your Dr Ed prescription allows you to buy your bacterial vaginosis treatment at any pharmacy in Ireland.
A consultation for BV costs €20.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is very common and it affects women of all ages. It occurs when the natural balance in your vagina is disturbed. Numerous types of bacteria naturally live in the vagina without causing harm or symptoms. If one type multiplies to an unusual extent, this can cause bacterial vaginosis.
BV is the most common cause of unusual discharge from the vagina. It is not uncommon for women to have BV and not notice it, as it does not necessarily cause any symptoms. If you do not have any symptoms, you do not need to worry about whether or not you have it.
Who can get bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis can affect any woman and it is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease.
You have a higher risk of developing it if you:
have multiple sexual partners
use scented baths and soaps
use vaginal deodorant
wash inside the vagina
are using a contraceptive coil
do not use a condom during sex
are a smoker
Some women experience recurrent bouts of BV and need a second round of treatment to cure the condition.
You are less likely to get BV if you:
are on the contraceptive pill
use condoms every time you have sex
are with a partner who is circumcised
If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner or multiple partners you should take an STI test before considering treatment for BV. This is because several STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, can cause very similar symptoms to bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is treated with a short course of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bacteria which cause BV.
You can choose between three different antibiotic treatments for bacterial vaginosis:
Metronidazole tablets are taken by mouth, whereas the cream and gel treatments need to be inserted into the vagina using an applicator provided with the medication.
It is important that you do not drink alcohol while undergoing treatment with metronidazole. This goes for the cream or gel as well as the tablets.
Please note that clindamycin cream can weaken barrier contraceptives, for example condoms and diaphragms.
Most women who have bacterial vaginosis (BV) don’t encounter any symptoms. You don’t need to worry about BV if you do not have any symptoms as the condition is not dangerous and usually clears by itself.
The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is a grey or white discharge, which often has a characteristic fishy smell.
BV does not cause pain or itching. If you experience a burning sensation while urinating, or any other kind of discomfort, you are probably suffering from a condition other than bacterial vaginosis. Infections which can cause similar symptoms include thrush (also known as a yeast infection) and the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
Complete a fast and simple online health questionnaire
Doctor reviews your suitability and if appropriate issues your prescription
We’ll send urgent scripts fast to any Irish pharmacy or the paper script to your address
You can complete one of our online assessments at any time, whenever it suits you. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
We want to make it easier and more affordable for you to access the healthcare you need.
Orders placed before 4pm will be dispatched the same day.
Delivered to your chosen address within 3-5 working days.
For urgent orders, delivered to your chosen pharmacy from 1 hour of placing your order if placed Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Your prescription will be delivered in plain, unlabeled packaging