Balance Activ Vaginal Gel - 7 Pack

  • Restores the pH balance of the Vagina
  • 7 day treatment course
  • Treats the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
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About Balance Activ Vaginal Gel - 7 Pack
  1. What is Balance Activ Vaginal Gel?

    Balance Active vaginal gel is a treatment for a range of vaginal problems, including bacterial vaginosis (BV), unpleasant odours, itching, unusual vaginal discharge and discomfort. This treatment restores the vagina's natural pH balance, allowing you to get on with your daily life free from embarrassment or the need to feel self-conscious.

    It is suitable to be used by adults, the elderly and children who are over the age of 12 years old. This treatment is very safe and easy to use and can treat BV in just seven days.

    You do not need a prescription to buy Balance Activ vaginal gel.

    What is Balance Activ used to treat?

    Balance Activ gel is used in the treatment of common vaginal problems, including treating bacterial vaginosis, unpleasant odours, itching and discomfort.

    Each pack contains seven applicators. To treat bacterial vaginosis, one should be used each day for seven days.

    This safe and easy to use medication has no known side effects and can relieve bacterial vaginosis (BV) and other vaginal conditions in as little time as one week.

    How does Balance Activ work?

    Balance Activ vaginal gel contains the active ingredient lactic acid. The treatment works by restoring your body's natural pH balance by topping up your body's natural lactic acid and vaginal glycogen. This provides swift relief from bacterial vaginosis (BV) and other problems.

    How quickly does Balance Activ gel work?

    As a medicine for bacterial vaginosis, Balance Activ gel is a 7-day treatment that should be applied by using one tube each day. Apply the gel before bed to let it work while you sleep.

    The gel gets to work immediately and you should start to notice results after a few days.

    Who can use Balance Activ vaginal gel?

    Balance Activ vaginal gel is generally considered to be very safe to use, but it may not be a suitable treatment for everyone.

    Do not use this medicine if you are currently trying to get pregnant.

    This medicine is safe to use during pregnancy. However, you should speak to your doctor if you think you may have a vaginal infection during pregnancy. If you do develop a vaginal infection while pregnant, your doctor will be able to advise on which product you should use.

    Balance Activ is safe to use while breastfeeding.

    It is suitable for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

    Always read the enclosed information leaflet for full details on who this product is suitable for. If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly advise you to consult your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use it.

    Can you buy Balance Activ vaginal gel over the counter?

    Yes, Balance Activ gel is available to buy over the counter from pharmacies. 

    Can you buy Balance Activ vaginal gel online?

    You can buy Balance Activ online from Medicine Direct after a short online consultation with one of our registered prescribers. All you need to do is answer some questions about your condition to make sure this medicine is suitable for you.

    Balance Activ vaginal gel alternatives

    Metronidazole 400mg tablets are available as a prescription-strength treatment for bacterial vaginosis available to buy from Medicine Direct. This antibiotic works to kill the excess bacteria and restore the natural bacterial balance of the vagina. Metronidazole will normally clear the problem in just two days.

    If you are not sure if you are suffering from BV, you can order Canestest, which is a self-test kit to determine whether you may have thrush or BV. Canestest provides instant results.

  2. How to use Balance Activ vaginal gel

    1. Wash your hands before removing the applicator from its wrapping.
    2. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position with your legs apart.
    3. Insert the applicator gently into your vagina using your fingers as far as is comfortable.
    4. Gently squeeze the applicator to release the gel.
    5. Slowly remove the applicator while still squeezing it.
    6. Discard the applicator and wash your hands again.

    Always read the product information before you start using Balance Activ.

  3. Side Effects

    There are no known side effects of Balance Activ vaginal gel.

    If you are concerned about side effects while using this product, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using it.

  4. Warnings and drug interactions

    Before you start to use Balance Active vaginal gel, please make sure your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other form of medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

    Do not use this product if the tube is damaged or has passed the expiry date.

    Always read the packaging information and leaflet before you start using any new form of medication. If you have any questions or concerns about how to use this product, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist before using it.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Balance Activ gel is generally safe to use during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. However, it is important that you inform your doctor if you have any symptoms that indicate you have a vaginal infection during your pregnancy. 

  5. Ingredients

    The active ingredient contained in Balance Activ gel is lactic acid.

    The inactive ingredients that complete this product are glycogen, propylene glycol, methyl hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium lactate, water, pH3.8.


  6. How much does it cost to buy Balance Activ vaginal gel online in the UK?

    Quantity Buy online UK price
    1 pack £9.99
    2 packs £19.99
    3 packs  £29.99
    4 packs £39.99
    5 packs £49.99
  7. How long does bacterial vaginosis take to go away without treatment?

    If you do not seek treatment for BV, it may take up to two weeks before it goes away on its own. There is also the risk that you may keep suffering repeat flare-ups.

    Is BV classed as a sexually transmitted infection?

    No, bacterial vaginosis is not an STI. Women can experience BV even if they are not sexually active. If a man has sex with someone who has BV, they will not need to be treated.

    Is it safe to use Balance Activ?

    Balance Activ is a safe treatment to use for bacterial vaginosis. It has been clinically tested and both the gel and the applicator are safe to use.

    Should I use all the gel in a tube?

    You are advised to use all the gel contained in the tube when applying Balance Activ.

    Is it okay to wear tampons while using Balance Activ?

    Yes, you can wear tampons at the same time as using this medication.

    Can I use Balance Activ as a thrush treatment?

    No, Balance Activ should not be used to treat thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection, so will not respond to the medicine in Balance Activ.

    Is there an ideal time of day to use Balance Activ?

    Ideally, you should use this medicine at bedtime. Using a pantiliner at the same time is also a good idea as you may experience some leakage.

    Is Balance Activ better than Metronidazole?

    Both of these medicines are renowned for effectively clearing bacterial vaginosis. However, Metronidazole is a prescription-only medicine (POM) that clears symptoms in just 48 hours. It is an oral medicine rather than a cream. If you need to clear your case of BV in less than seven days, you should consult your doctor about taking this medicine.

    Is it okay to go swimming after using it?

    You should not bathe or go swimming straight after applying Balance Activ, as this may wash some of the product away and reduce the medicine’s effectiveness. It is best to use Balance Active just before you go to bed, as this will not hinder the rest of your day.

    How long should I use Balance Activ?

    Balance Activ comes as a seven-day treatment and should be used for this length of time. If your BV symptoms have not cleared after this time, speak to your doctor.

Written bySonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 31/08/2021

This content has been written by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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