how to use vaginal gel

A vaginal gel is only for use in the vagina. Do not take by mouth or apply to other areas of the body. Follow the directions on the product package insert. 1,2

Hygiene 2

To ensure maximum hygiene, always

  • Wash your hands before opening the tube or touching the applicators
  • Use a new applicator for each dose
  • Immediately throw away the used applicator in the waste bin

Opening the tube Before using a vaginal gel you will need to puncture the metal seal on the tube. To do this, simply unscrew the cap from the tube and pierce the seal using the pointed tip of the cap.

Filling the applicator Remove an applicator from the wrapper. Unscrew the cap from the tube and screw the open end of the applicator onto the tube. Squeeze the tube slowly from the bottom to fill the applicator with gel: the plunger will move as the applicator fills and will stop moving when the applicator contains the correct amount of gel. Unscrew the applicator and replace the cap on the tube.

Inserting the applicator Hold the filled applicator by its barrel and gently insert it into your vagina as far as it will comfortably go. You may find it easier to do this whilst lying on your back with your knees bent; alternatively, choose any position you find comfortable.

Applying the gel Slowly press the plunger to deposit the gel into your vagina; continue pressing until the plunger stops (this will ensure you have released the correct amount of gel). Remove the applicator from the vagina and throw it in the waste bin immediately.

What if I miss a dose? 1

In general, if you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Complete the full course prescribed by your health care provider, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on the advice of your health care professional. 1

This article is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about your vaginal medicine speak to your health care professional.

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  1. Cleveland Clinic. Metronidazole vaginal gel. [online] July 2014 [cited April 2019]; Available from URL:
  2. Approved product package insert. October 2000