The menopause is a challenging time for any woman and the hormonal changes that occur bring a whole new set of dynamics to how a woman feels. With decreasing production of oestrogen, which can cause vaginal dryness and loss of libido, it is hardly surprising that women can feel as though their life is changing and self-esteem can drop to a low. Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition that can be brought on by these hormonal changes. This can cause further problems from an emotional aspect, as one of the symptoms is a foul smelling discharge. BV is not dangerous on its own, but the emotional context can affect women especially at the delicate time of the menopause.
Bacterial Vaginosis is an infection caused by the differing levels of pH in the vagina. Typical symptoms are a discharge that has a distinctive foul smell. In contrast with normal vaginal discharge which changes during a woman’s cycle, BV discharge is white or grey and watery. BV can be brought on by a number of factors. Washing with shower gel or soaps, using intimate vaginal sprays, unprotected sex and hormonal changes can all play a part in the . BV is not considered as a sexual infection and while bacteria can be passed to your partner, there is no need for your partner to be treated. The importance of treating this bacterial condition cannot be stressed highly enough. Menopausal changes in a woman’s life are guaranteed changes that women cannot avoid only improve. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition that can be treated and prevented. It’s wise to do so.
BV is commonly treated by a GP with antibiotics to fight the bacteria. While effective in many ways, antibiotics can also diminish the presence of good bacteria in your vagina. This often leads to reoccurrence of the condition. Balance Activ can also be prescribed by your GP. It’s a vaginal lactic acid gel that promotes the growth of good bacteria while restoring the normal pH and bacterial balance. It works in three ways:
- Neutralises Odour
- Reduces vaginal discharge
- Restores the pH balance to healthy levels
Balance Activ is clinically tested and is safe to use with other medication. It is widely available online and from major pharmacies both with and without prescription.
Find out more about bacterial vaginosis at the Balance Activ site. You can use the guide to symptoms to find out more about the condition.