Antifungal therapies rank in the top 10 best-selling over-the-counter (OTC) therapies in the United States (approximately $160 million in sales). Surprised? Maybe not. A recent study finds that when it comes to vaginal infections, women prefer to self-diagnose — almost 70% of women, actually.1
However, a separate study also found that of 643 women, only 11% could accurately recognize the classic symptoms for yeast infection, and only 3% could accurately identify bacterial vaginosis—the most common of the vaginal infections.2
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is traditionally characterized by a relatively low abundance of vaginal Lactobacillus sp. accompanied by polymicrobial anaerobic overgrowth.3 BV affects nearly one-third of the female population—approximately 21 million women in the U.S.—a year.4
Most women will have a vaginal infection during their lifetime.6 There is little denying the social stigma that revolves around vaginal infections. We should keep in mind, though, that stigma is a result of society's response to a condition vs something inherent in the condition itself.7
The stigma of having BV can greatly impact women's social and sexual lives. Symptoms of malodor (a 'fishy' smell) or abnormal discharge are usually associated with being "unclean, sexually promiscuous, or morally unsound."7
Vaginal microbiota can play a major role in women's reproductive health. BV can also lead to late fetal loss during pregnancy, and 10% to 30% of pregnant women with BV give birth prematurely.3 BV is repeatedly linked to a higher chance of contracting STIs, HIV, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and can increase the risk of HIV transmission to male sex partners.3,6
Survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC, a Lupin Company and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) within the United States between September 14 and 29, 2017 among 304 US women aged 18-49 who have been diagnosed by a healthcare professional with bacterial vaginosis (BV) within the past 2 years ("women with bacterial vaginosis"). Figures for age, income, race/ethnicity, region, education, and size of household were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.8
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