Watching Briefs: Women's health

Balance Activ

BBI Healthcare has created a new online symptom checker to help women identify vaginal conditions (balanceactiv.com). Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is often confused with thrush but can be distinguished by an abnormal fishy smell and a white/grey watery discharge. Balance Activ can be used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, antibiotics for women with recurrent BV. It is available as both a gel (7x5ml single-use tubes, £8.65) and pessary (7, £10.99).
Tel: 01656 868930


Sylk is a natural lubricant that hydrates and moisturises intimate areas to help relieve and soothe vaginal discomfort. Vaginal dryness affects most women at some time in their life, particularly around the menopause, but it can also occur during pregnancy, breast-feeding, cancer treatment, hysterectomy and stress. Made with plant-based ingredients, Sylk lubricant is free from hormones, parabens and chemicals.
Free samples are available at sylk.co.uk



Durex has launched Naturals Intimate Gel (100ml, £9.99), a “100 per cent natural” lubricant. The launch follows research which showed that 17 per cent of consumers didn’t like the idea of using any gels on intimate areas, but over two-thirds (73 per cent) are more likely to use one with natural ingredients. The gel has a water-based formula containing prebiotics to help moisturise intimate areas and support the vagina’s natural pH balance, says RB.
Tel: 0500 445446


To help both prevent and treat common intimate conditions, the Canesten range includes Canestest (a self-test to determine whether an infection is bacterial vaginosis or thrush), Canesbalance BV Gel, and a range of combination products that treat both the internal infection and external symptoms of thrush. To help women identify the different conditions, Canesten recently launched an educational video series on the Canesten YouTube channel.

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