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1. Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of childbearing age. It is a bacterial infection that develops where there is less of naturally occurring flora known as lactobacilli, and an overgrowth in other types of bacteria. This changes the pH of the vagina, making it alkaline.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Unpleasant odour (often fishy smelling)
  • Abnormal discharge (thin and greyish in colour)
  • It is important to note that itching and discomfort are NOT associated with BV.

Use the symptom checker chart here to check if you could have a different infection.

Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis

Vaginal discharge is not uncommon, can vary in consistency and usually have an inoffensive slightly sweet odour which is unique to every woman. There are a number of things that may upset the natural acidity of the vagina; these include:

  • Fluctuating hormone levels during your period, pregnancy or menopause.
  • Sexual Intercourse (semen is an alkaline)
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Intrauterine devices such as the coil
  • Use of perfumed intimate body products
  • Smoking
  • Stress

2. How does Relactagel work?

Relactagel is lactate vaginal gel. Lactate gels restore and maintain the natural acidity of the vagina, providing an environment favourable to the growth of naturally occurring flora known as lactobacilli. Relactagel also contains glycogen which provides nutrients for lactic acid producing bacteria.

3. How do I use Relactagel?

Each pack of Relactagel is supplied with 7 single-use pre-filled 5ml applicators.

The recommended Relactagel dosage is as follows:

For treatment: Use 1 single tube daily for 7 days at bedtime.

For prevention: Use 1 single tube daily for 2-3 days at bedtime after menstruation.

Instructions for use:

Break and remove the cap and inset the entire neck of the tube into the vagina. Squeeze out the contents, maintaining constant pressure while withdrawing the tube. Relactagel should be used at bedtime when lying down, to minimise potential leakage. In the event of leakage, a panty liner may be useful. Once opened, use immediately. Do not use any tubes that may have been damaged or are leaking.

Warning:
Relactagel may cause mild irritation during fungal infections (e.g. thrush) of the vagina or when there are tears in the vaginal tissue.

Relactagel contains glycogen obtained from Oysters. Do not use if allergic to shellfish.

4. How often should I use Relactagel?

Depending on whether you are using Relactagel to relieve symptoms, or prevent symptoms from occurring or recurring, it should be used in different amounts and for differing lengths of time.

The recommended Relactagel dosage is as follows:

For treatment: Use 1 single tube daily for 7 days at bedtime.

For prevention: Use 1 single tube daily for 2-3 days at bedtime after menstruation.

Each tube is for single use only. Discard of the tube appropriately after one use; do not reuse tube as this may cause infection.

5. Where can I buy Relactagel?

Relactagel is available to purchase without a prescription from your local pharmacy and can usually be found in the feminine hygiene section within the pharmacy. Some pharmacies may keep Relactagel behind the pharmacy counter, please ask your pharmacist and they will be happy to help you.

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