What exactly is BV?
Here’s the short answer: Normally, the vagina maintains a delicate balance of naturally occurring bacteria. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) occurs when that balance changes.1 It can happen to anyone, and it doesn’t mean you have poor hygiene.2
If you've never heard of BV, you’re not alone—neither have many women. Yet, BV is much more common than you’d imagine.3
BV affects more than 21 million women in the U.S. each year.4
Genetics, smoking, douching, and certain types of sexual activity are a few of the many things that can affect your vagina’s natural balance.5
About 50% of women will see BV occur again, often in the same year.6
Symptoms of BV may include 1:
- A fishy odor
- A thin, milky grayish-white discharge or excessive discharge
- An itching, burning sensation or irritation
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and HIV transmission to sex partners
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may affect fertility
- Or can lead to late fetal loss during pregnancy, premature birth, or low birth weight
BV can only be treated with a proper prescription from your doctor.1 With Solosec™ (secnidazole), you may be able to effectively treat BV, and avoid increasing your risk of the complications associated with leaving it untreated.1,7,8 Talk to your doctor to see if Solosec is right for you, and keep reading to learn more.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bacterial vaginosis—CDC Fact Sheet. www.cdc.gov/std/bv/BV-FS-June-2017.pdf. Accessed March 29, 2018.
- Bilardi JE, Walker S, Temple-Smith M, et al. The burden of bacterial vaginosis: women's experience of the physical, emotional, sexual and social impact of living with recurrent bacterial vaginosis. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 11;8(9):e74378.
- Broumas AG, Basara LA. Potential patient preference for 3-day treatment of bacterial vaginosis: responses to new suppository form of clindamycin. Adv Ther. 2000;17(3):159-166.
- Chavoustie SE, Eder SE, Koltun WD, et al. Experts explore the state of bacterial vaginosis and the unmet needs facing women and providers. Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2017;137(2):107-109.
- Lewis FMT, Bernstein KT, Aral SO. Vaginal microbiome and its relationship to behavior, sexual health, and sexually transmitted diseases. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;129:643-654.
- Wilson J. Managing recurrent bacterial vaginosis. Sex Transm Infect. 2004;80:8-11.
- Brotman RM. Vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections: an epidemiologic perspective. J Clin Investig. 2011;121(12):4610-4617.
- SOLOSEC [prescribing information]. Baltimore, MD: Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc; 2017.