Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition and is not caused by poor hygiene. If there is a shift or change in your vaginal pH, one of the types of bacteria that reside in your vagina take this opportunity to multiply and cause an overgrowth. This can be caused by any hormonal changes, douching, taking antibiotics, or intercourse. As long as your vaginal ph remains on the acidic side, the good bacteria can keep the bad bacteria from getting the upper hand.
Many women may not even be aware that they have bacterial vaginosis as not everyone experiences symptoms that include a fishy odor, itching, burning when you urinate, and a discharge. However, you may also be at a higher risk of a sexually transmitted infection if you have an untreated case of bacterial vaginosis as the bacteria continue to grow and multiply and your good bacteria are too few to help prevent other infections.
Metrogel Vaginal Gel contains Metronidazole, an antibacterial medicine that can be inserted into your vagina with the applicators provided. Once inside, Metronidazole will work to enter the bacterial cells and interfere with their genetic material so the bacteria cannot form new DNA and they will die. Metrogel Vaginal Gel is usually recommended for 5 - 7 days to be effective. If you are menstruating, wait until the period is over and then start treatment with Metrogel Vaginal Gel.
Our bodies are home to many types of bacteria inside and out. They help protect us from harmful bacteria, to reduce bad breath, feast on skin cells, help to break down food in our gut, and the list goes on. Some would say these are the good bacteria, because you also have bad bacteria that is kept at bay by the helpful bacteria and the acidic pH. Should any changes occur, an illness, hormone changes, or you get a cut or scratch, they will take any opportunity they can to find the perfect spot for growing and multiplying. As with bacterial vaginosis, the environment where the bacteria live can change in favor of one type of bacteria which then flourishes and causes an illness or infection.
If you are pregnant, intend on becoming pregnant, or are breast feeding, tell your doctor before you use Metrogel Vaginal Gel as it may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Inform your doctor of other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx medications you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This can help your doctor determine if Metrogel Vaginal Gel is the best treatment for you.
Use Metrogel Vaginal Gel for the time period prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel better sooner. Keep this and all other meds out of children’s reach and away from pets. Thoroughly wash your hands before and after each application or you may be recontaminating yourself. Do not store Metrogel Vaginal Gel near any heat sources as this will soften or melt the gel.