FAQ - Vagisan sept

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Vagisan sept contains the active ingredient povidone-iodine (PVP-iodine) with a broad spectrum of activity and a very fast antiseptic effect. The complex compound of iodine with the carrier povidone is better tolerated than, for example, alcoholic iodine solutions. Due to its disinfecting effect, iodine is mainly used for surgery preparation or wound disinfection.

Insert 1 vaginal pessary as deeply as possible into the vagina once a day. You should preferably do this in the evening, as the vaginal pessary can then work while you sleep. As the vaginal pessary melts in the vagina, it is advisable to wear a panty liner to avoid stains in your underwear. If a stain does occur, it can usually be removed with warm water and soap.

The treatment should not be carried out during menstruation. You should not use tampons during the treatment.

If necessary, especially with vaginal fungal infections you can also use 2 vaginal pessaries daily, one in the morning and one in the evening. The duration of treatment depends on the improvement of your symptoms. However, it should not be more than 10 days. However, if there is no improvement in symptoms within 10 days, consult your doctor.


The chocolate-brown colour is caused by the active ingredient povidone-iodine and is typical of iodine preparations. You may already be familiar with this property from wound disinfection with iodine-containing solutions or ointments. Incidentally, povidone-iodine is also one of the most widely used active ingredients in gynaecological operations worldwide. So, the colour is only due to the iodine and does not affect the quality of the medicine.

Vagisan sept is available over the counter at your local pharmacy.

Vagisan sept vaginal suppositories must not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you suspect you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.

You should not use the vaginal pessaries during your period. Wait for the bleeding to stop before inserting the suppository.

No, there are no antibiotic resistances to worry about because Vagisan sept is an antiseptic and not an antibiotic. As the development of resistance is not known, it can also be used repeatedly.

Both refer to the same chemical element, iodine being the technically correct spelling and iodine an older spelling. The element symbol in the periodic table is now also I.