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Thrush or Bacterial Vaginosis? Know The Difference

You might have Thrush, or it could be Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). Even though more people have heard of Thrush than Bacterial Vaginosis, BV is actually more common in women of childbearing age.

The symptoms of Thrush are different to those of BV and the treatments needed to resolve Thrush are different to the treatments needed to resolve BV. So it is important to understand the difference so you can be treated properly. Take a look at the table below to see how the symptoms of Thrush and BV differ.

Symptoms Bacterial Vaginosis Thrush
Odour 'Fishy' odour No odour
Vaginal Discharge Thin white/grey watery discharge Thick, white, curdy discharge
Itching/irritation Not common Yes, very common

How do you know if you have BV?

The most obvious symptom described by women with BV is an unpleasant or ‘fishy’ odour, most often accompanied by a white or grey watery vaginal discharge. If you have experienced these symptoms, chances are you could have BV, not Thrush. If you are not sure, speak to your pharmacist about your symptoms.

You’ve come to the right place

We understand what you’re going through. The symptoms are not only unpleasant, they may have a negative impact on work, relationships and life in general. And while you might find it embarrassing, you are not alone. In-fact, BV is the most common vaginal infection among women of childbearing age.

The Good News

Effective treatments exist to treat BV and its symptoms. These include getting antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. The antibiotic Metronidazole is commonly prescribed for BV, but may cause unwanted side-effects like nausea and vomiting and it is advised that people take it with food and don’t drink alcohol.

Another option is Fleurstat BV Gel, a clinically proven, non-antibiotic gel for the treatment for BV that helps provide rapid relief of symptoms, including unpleasant vaginal odour and discharge. And Fleurstat BV Gel is available to buy without a prescription direct from your pharmacy or online.

How does it work?

Fleurstat works to treat BV by disrupting the attachment of BV-causing bacteria to the vaginal wall. The gel then forms a physical barrier, preventing bacteria from reattaching.

Fleurstat BV Gel is simple to use, applied once daily for 7 days. 

Reasons to choose Fleurstat BV Gel:

  • Is an effective, clinically proven, non-antibiotic treatment for BV that helps relieve symptoms, including unpleasant vaginal odour and discharge
  • Starts working within 24 hours
  • Comes with an easy-to-use applicator
  • Is available without a prescription from your pharmacy
Get rapid relief of BV symptoms with clinically proven Fleurstat BV Gel

Ask your pharmacist if Fleurstat is right for you.

Fleurstat BV Gel can be purchased through an online pharmacy. 

You should know

It can be common for bacterial vaginosis to come back again after treatment. See your doctor if symptoms persist after 7 days or recur within 2 weeks of finishing treatment.