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Zidoval Vaginal Gel FAQs
Zidoval should be used with caution if you are pregnant – its safety during pregnancy has not yet been established. While it’s thought to be relatively low risk, it should only be used if advised by a your GP or midwife. We are unable to provide BV treatment online to women who are pregnant.
Zidoval vaginal gel contains metronidazole – an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It is an internal gel licensed for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.
Yes – Zidoval has been shown to be an effective treatment for BV and vaginal bacterial infections. In clinical studies, there are no significant differences in cure rates between metronidazole tablets and Zidoval gel1. It works by destroying the bacteria that cause the infection to restore your natural pH balance.
Most courses of metronidazole topical gel are prescribed for 5 days, after which time your infection should have cleared up. If it doesn’t, consult your GP to discuss the next steps.
Metronidazole can react badly with alcohol, certainly when taken orally. When used in gel form, the effect of the interaction is likely to be less extreme compared to the tablets, but there can still be side effects, so it’s worth avoiding alcohol while using this treatment and for 24 hours after finishing.
It’s recommended to use metronidazole gel at bedtime, giving it time to work while you’re lying down and movement is minimal. This also helps to keep the timing consistent.
No – you should not use tampons while using Zidoval gel. If you are on your period and your doctor has recommended metronidazole topical gel, choose an external sanitary product, such as pads or absorbent underwear.
BV is not contagious – it’s an infection caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. However, having BV does increase a woman’s susceptibility to STIs.
Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina. In fact, half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms. Your risk of getting BV is higher if you have multiple sexual partners or douche regularly, since douching removes some of the normal bacteria in the vagina. Lower your risk by using mild, non-deodorant soaps, unscented sanitary products, and practising safe sex.
Around 10-30% of pregnant women will experience BV during their pregnancy. There is some evidence to suggest that bacterial vaginosis is associated with preterm labor, as well as miscarriages and low birth weight. Therefore, treatment is highly recommended. Consult your GP or midwife to determine whether treatment for BV will be suitable for you.