Millions of Women
are affected by intimate infections
Intimate infections are associated with common symptoms as abnormal discharges, malodour, itching or pain.
Intimate infections impact quality of life and can cause women to feel socially stigmatized, making them withdraw from others. There’s also the risk of severe long-term effects, affecting fertility and pregnancies, resulting in pre-term births.
Today, intimate bacterial infections are mainly treated with prescribed antibiotics. Meanwhile, the lifetime of antibiotics is diminishing due to accelerating antimicrobial resistance, resulting in a medical need for novel and accessible medical solutions to avoid the risk of future multidrug resistant bacteria.
impacts one in three women
Impacting one in three women, bacterial vaginosis is the most common intimate infection, and cause of malodorous discharges in women of childbearing age.
Women with bacterial vaginosis are more susceptible to acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. For pregnant women, bacterial vaginosis may also be a risk factor for preterm birth.
The origin to bacterial vaginosis is not completely known. But risk factors seem to be sexual activity, use of intrauterine devices and excessive use of intimate hygiene products.
The symptoms arise when there’s an imbalance between pathogenic bacteria and protective lactobacteria. Some women perceive that their problems change over time, which is correlated to increase of pH e.g. after menstruation and unprotected sex (semen is alkaline).
Bacterial vaginosis is today mainly treated with prescribed antibiotics. However the risk for recurrence within a year is more than 50% (A. Jones, J.NURPA, 15, 420-3, (2019))
As of today, according to the Swedish Healthcare Guide 1177 joint services, there are no effective OTC (over-the-counter) product for treatment of bacterial vaginosis.
The Burden of Bacterial Vaginosis
”…it’s quite isolating, because women don’t talk about it, and there must be women in my life who, who have had it, and just don’t talk about it…” (participant, age 39)
”…obviously gives you less confidence, less confident, you feel insecure…” (participant, age 28)
”Well definitely, I keep a distance away from my friends. I didn’t want them to sit very close to me. Yeah, the smell it’s, is embarrassing” (participant, age 30)
Bilardi et al. Plos One,8, 1-11, (2013)
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