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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Vaginal Pessaries

Works by

Restoring Vaginal pH Balance

Active Ingredient

Lactic Acid, Glycogen, Vitamin C

Effective within

Varies; Improvement in a few days



Side effects

Mild Vaginal Irritation (Rare)

Medication details


Balance Activ BV Pessaries are a trusted and clinically proven solution for the management of bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is a common vaginal infection characterized by an imbalance in the vaginal flora, where harmful bacteria outnumber the beneficial ones. This can lead to symptoms such as abnormal vaginal discharge, odor, and discomfort.

Balance Activ BV Pessaries work by helping to restore the natural pH balance of the vagina, which in turn aids in relieving the symptoms of BV and preventing its recurrence. These pessaries are formulated to target the root cause of BV, providing effective relief and promoting vaginal health.


Wash Your Hands: Before handling the pessary, ensure your hands are clean to prevent any contamination.
Remove a Pessary: Each box of Balance Activ BV Pessaries contains a convenient applicator and multiple pessaries. Remove one pessary from its packaging.
Position Yourself: Find a comfortable and convenient place to lie down, such as your bed.
Insert the Pessary: Gently insert the pessary into the vagina using the applicator provided. It is advisable to do this just before bedtime to allow the pessary to work overnight.
Dispose of Applicator: After inserting the pessary, dispose of the applicator according to local waste disposal regulations.
Wash Your Hands Again: After use, wash your hands thoroughly.


Balance Activ BV Pessaries contain a unique combination of active ingredients that work together to restore the natural pH balance of the vagina and alleviate BV symptoms. The active ingredients include:
Lactic Acid: Lactic acid is a natural component of the vaginal environment. It helps maintain the acidic pH of the vagina, which is essential for keeping harmful bacteria in check.
Glycogen: Glycogen serves as a source of nutrients for beneficial lactobacilli bacteria in the vagina. By promoting the growth of these "friendly" bacteria, glycogen helps restore the natural vaginal flora.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, plays a role in maintaining vaginal health and supporting the immune system.
These ingredients are carefully selected for their ability to promote a balanced and healthy vaginal environment.

Side Effects

Balance Activ BV Pessaries are generally well-tolerated, and side effects are rare. However, like any medication, some individuals may experience mild side effects. These may include:
Mild Vaginal Irritation: Some women may experience mild vaginal irritation or burning sensation shortly after using the pessary. This is usually temporary and subsides on its own.
Allergic Reaction: In rare cases, an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients may occur. If you experience signs of an allergic reaction such as itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing, discontinue use and seek immediate medical attention.
It's important to note that these side effects are uncommon, and most women can use Balance Activ BV Pessaries without any adverse reactions. If you have concerns about potential side effects, consult with a healthcare provider before use.


Before using Balance Activ BV Pessaries, consider the following warnings and precautions:
Not for Use during Menstruation: It is generally recommended not to use pessaries during menstruation. Wait until your period has ended before using Balance Activ BV Pessaries.
Avoid Sexual Intercourse: Refrain from sexual intercourse while using the pessary, as it may interfere with its effectiveness. You should also avoid using tampons during treatment.
Consult with a Healthcare Provider: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with a healthcare provider before using Balance Activ BV Pessaries. While they are generally safe for most women, it's essential to ensure they are appropriate for your specific situation.
Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store Balance Activ BV Pessaries out of reach of children. These pessaries are for adult use only.
Discontinue Use if Irritation Persists: If vaginal irritation or discomfort persists or worsens after using Balance Activ BV Pessaries, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider.
Use as Directed: Follow the directions for use carefully, and do not exceed the recommended dosage or frequency of use.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 5, 2023, 2:30 pm

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How Quickly Can I Expect Relief from BV Symptoms After Using Balance Activ Pessaries?

Relief from BV symptoms can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the infection. Some women experience improvement within a few days of starting treatment, while others may take longer. It's essential to complete the full course of treatment as directed by your healthcare provider or the product instructions to ensure the best results. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a healthcare professional.

Can Balance Activ Pessaries Be Used During Pregnancy?

Balance Activ Pessaries are generally considered safe for most women, including pregnant individuals. However, it's always advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before using any medication or treatment during pregnancy. They can provide personalized guidance and evaluate whether Balance Activ Pessaries are appropriate for your specific situation, taking into account factors such as the stage of pregnancy and your overall health.

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions or Considerations While Using Balance Activ Pessaries?

There are no specific dietary restrictions associated with using Balance Activ Pessaries. However, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet can support your overall vaginal health. Staying hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water is also beneficial. A well-balanced diet and good hydration are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, which can help prevent recurrent BV and support the effectiveness of the treatment.

Can Balance Activ Pessaries Cause Allergic Reactions?

Allergic reactions to Balance Activ Pessaries are rare but possible. If you experience any unusual symptoms after using the product, such as itching, redness, swelling, or difficulty breathing, discontinue use immediately, and seek medical attention. It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider if you suspect an allergic reaction or have concerns about using the product.

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