Light is a known antimicrobial agent that was commonly used in medical practice prior to the development of antibiotic medications. The basic principle is that certain microbes are greatly impacted by the natural radiation that we, as humans, are adapted to being exposed to each day through sunlight. Light easily breaks down the membrane of these microbes and eliminates them without causing damage to human tissue.
The light will reduce the number of good bacteria but will not wipe them out entirely. It will actually reduce the number of most of the microbes contained in the vagina, including the fungus/yeast species. This will allow the good bacteria, which is the naturally dominant species, to repopulate and consequently cure the imbalance that leads to symptoms of infection. We also recommend using a probiotic supplement following the light treatment to speed up this process.
We are currently in the process of gaining medical device certification as a Class IIa device according to the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which includes rigorous safety testing and clinical trials. We can be certain that upon obtaining this classification that the device is completely safe for the described use.
Uvisa are relatively early in the process of gaining approval as a certified medical device, which dictates when the device can go to market. We anticipate that the first products will launch some time after 2025. In the meantime, we are working towards setting up clinical trials. If you are interested in taking part in these click here.
In comparison to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies which cost 200-500 DKK (£15 - £40) each time, we will offer our solution at a higher initial price because it will function as a superior, long-lasting solution that you can keep at home for years, for whenever the symptoms reappear. It will quickly become more cost effective than current OTC remedies for people suffering with symptoms of a vaginal infection 3+ times per year.
Although the exact price is yet to be determined, it will likely be in the region of 1200 DKK (£138).