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