If you've searched the internet for private medical insurance that covers bacterial vaginosis then you are most likely for looking for established UK based health insurance providers that can cover bacterial vaginosis.
Our advice when shopping around for private medical insurance that covers bacterial vaginosis is to speak to a insurance broker. Health insurance is very complicated and if you want absolute certainty that bacterial vaginosis is covered you should consult with a health insurance broker who can explain which providers will cover this medical condition and which will exclude it.
There are many advantages to using a insurance broker but the biggest by far is that you're using their industry experience at no cost. They are paid by the insurer (Aviva or Bupa etc) rather than you so it costs you no extra to use their services.
- Do you live in many different areas? Some will give you a cheaper premium than offers. A insurance broker will be able to advise whats best.
- Do you have a hobby that may invalidate your insurance claim? A broker will know this critical information.
- If you are a couple and one of you has claimed on your insurance policy this year would it be cheaper to separate you both onto two different policies?
- You've lean't you're at risk of developing a certain condition and want to know which policy provider offers the biggest amount of cover for it. A broker will know this instantly saving you so much time and effort.
You can call around every health insurance provider on the market and ask if they cover bacterial vaginosis, however this will be a very time consuming process. Each insurer will ask for your medical history because its not normally a simple yes or not if a medical condition is covered or not.
Its much quicker to speak to one medical insurance broker which will know which providers on the market cover bacterial vaginosis and under what conditions they do or don't cover it.
Bacterial Vaginosis Information
Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. It's an imbalance of the usual bacteria found in the vagina, and can cause an abnormal vaginal discharge which can smell fishy and unpleasant.
Bacteria called lactobacilli naturally live in your vagina and stop other bacteria from growing there.
It’s not fully understood why, but sometimes the balance of these bacteria changes. If this happens you can develop bacterial vaginosis.
Bacteria other than lactobacilli overgrow in the vagina and usually cause symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis can’t be passed from person to person but it's more common in people who are sexually active.
Other things that may increase your risk of getting it include:
Often there are no symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, but some women may notice a change in the normal discharge from the vagina.
This discharge will usually be white or grey, thin or watery and have a strong, unpleasant fishy smell. This can be more noticeable during and after sex, and during periods.
Bacterial vaginosis does not usually cause itching or irritation.
If you think you have bacterial vaginosis you can make an appointment with your GP or local Sexual Health Services.
Your nurse or doctor may use a swab to collect a sample of the discharge from your vagina.
A swab looks a bit like a cotton bud and collecting a sample only takes a few minutes. Although not painful, it may be a little uncomfortable for a moment.
A specially coated paper may be used to test the pH (alkaline/acid balance) of your vagina.
Sometimes a diagnosis can be made straightaway because of the distinctive appearance of the discharge or sometimes the sample will be sent to a lab for testing.
Bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotics. An antibiotic cream or gel to use in the vagina may be given instead of antibiotic tablets by mouth.