Why women are incorrectly using OTC yeast infection medications

Six things for pharmacists to know

Many women mistake bacterial vaginosis (BV) for thrush, which is an important cause of mistreatment with OTC yeast infection medications.

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BV — not thrush — is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of childbearing age.

While the cause is not fully understood, sexual health experts say BV is characterised by a substantial reduction or loss in the usual protective vaginal Lactobacillus species.

An overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria is also associated with BV.

Research shows many women incorrectly self-treat with OTC medication