In many cases, women looking to battle the organisms that cause bacterial vaginosis will contact their doctor for a prescription cream or oral remedy. However, for individuals that wish to bypass a trip to their physician and reach for something readily available (and without the need for a prescription), Aci-jel vaginal cream proves a decent choice. Working to restore and maintain normal levels of acidity in the vagina, Aci-jel helps prevent the multiplying of bacteria.
Aci-jel contains acetic acid – a fancy way of referring to vinegar. The addition of oxyquinoline and ricinoleic acid in the cream helps acetic acid reach its peak effectiveness. Together, the ingredients of Aci-jel work to destroy and slow the growth of the organisms responsible for your bacterial vaginosis symptoms.
Before using Aci-jel, thoroughly wash your hands. Follow the directions listed on the package and fill the provided applicator with cream. Lie on your back with your knees drawn up. Carefully insert the applicator about 3/4 of an inch (or 2 centimeters) into the vagina. To release the cream, press the plunger. Remove the applicator from your vagina. After using the cream, don’t forget to clean and rinse the applicator with warm water.
It is not uncommon for Aci-jel to leak out of the vagina. In order to protect clothing and bed sheets, wear a panty liner or sanitary pad during the course of your treatment. However, do not use tampons with Aci-jel, as the material has a tendency to soak up the medicine and weaken results.
When storing Aci-jel, place the product in a location at room temperature (between 59 and 86 degrees F). Do not store in the bathroom and keep the cream away from light and moisture, as these conditions can decrease the effectiveness of ingredients.
Do not use Aci-jel if you are allergic to acetic acid, oxyquinoline acid, ricinoleic acid, or eggs. Also, keep in mind that the ingredients in Aci-jel may weaken the effectiveness of certain methods of birth control (like latex condoms and cervical caps). The cream may also make spermicides less effective. Using alternate methods of birth control or abstaining from sexual intercourse during and five days after treatment is recommended.
Possible Side Effects
Common side effects associated with Aci-jel include mild irritation, itching, and burning of the vagina.