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Balance Activ, the women’s health brand known for its effective yet gentle products, has launched a new pessary to treat the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), which affects around nine million women in the UK.

The new Balance Activ BV Pessary is a dual action treatment that is clinically proven to treat and prevent BV in a natural way, neutralising the embarrassing vaginal odour and relieving the abnormal discharge associated with BV.

Twice as common as thrush, and often misdiagnosed as such, BV is actually the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of a childbearing age.  One in three women are likely to develop BV at some point in their lives and if left untreated the condition may lead to reduced fertility, premature birth and miscarriage if present during pregnancy.  It has also been linked to an increased risk of contracting STIs including HIV, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia.

The common condition is not caused by poor hygiene; in fact excessive washing and the use of perfumed intimate products can be a trigger.  BV is actually caused by a change in the normal pH and balance of good bacteria in the vagina, and in addition to douching and using perfumed products, other common causes include prolonged menstruation and having unprotected sex.  The most common symptom experienced by women with BV is an embarrassing, fishy smelling discharge that is greyish-white in colour.

While antibiotics work by killing ‘bad’ bacteria in the vagina, new Balance Activ BV Pessaries contain lactic acid which relieves symptoms by gently restoring the normal pH of the vagina and immediately eliminating the odour.  The pessaries also contain glycogen, which promotes the growth of the protective good bacteria, Lactobacilli.

The drug and preservative free pessaries, which are discreet and easy to use, can be used for rapid relief from an attack of BV and also as a preventative measure for those women who experience re-occurring bouts of BV, many of them around the time of their period.  Each pack, priced at £10.20 and available from leading supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide, contains seven Balance Activ BV Pessaries.

Balance Activ BV Pessaries are the latest addition to the Balance Activ range, which also includes the original Balance Activ BV Gel, Fertility Gel and Moisture Gel.  For further information about Balance Activ, helpful guidance on Bacterial Vaginosis and details of the new pessary treatment, please visit www.balanceactiv.com.