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Vaginitis Therapeutics Market - By Disease Type (Bacterial Vaginosis, Candidiasis), Drug Class (Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal), Route of Administration (Oral, Topical), Mode (OTC, Prescription), Distribution Channel (Hospital), Global Forecast (2023-2032)

  • Report ID: GMI7213
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Vaginal Therapeutics Market Size

Vaginitis Therapeutics Market size was around USD 3.6 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 7.3 billion by 2032 with a CAGR of 7.6%. High prevalence of vaginal infections, growing awareness pertaining to women’s health and the availability of effective treatments, and various government and private initiatives are driving the demand.

Vaginitis Therapeutics Market

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For instance, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funded scientists to develop a test for yeast infection to provide appropriate anti-fungal treatment in infected females. Thus, government-sponsored health programs often provide subsidized or free healthcare services, including diagnosis and treatment for vaginal infections, resulting to growing access for affected individuals. Further, the rising awareness about feminine hygiene, self-medication, easy of availability of over the counter drugs such as creams and gels is expected to foster the market trends.

Vaginitis therapeutics refer to the medical interventions and treatments used to manage and alleviate the symptoms of vaginitis, a common medical condition characterized by inflammation or irritation of the vagina. Vaginitis can be caused by various factors, including infections, hormonal imbalances, or irritants, and the choice of treatment depends on the underlying cause.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a slight positive impact on the vaginitis therapeutics market. The pandemic caused disruption in supply chain which resulted in a decrease in the availability and accessibility of some products for treating vaginitis and the related symptoms and caused a rise in the cost of therapy. However, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted an accelerated adoption of telemedicine and virtual healthcare consultations. While this shift was primarily driven by the need for social distancing and reduced in-person visits, it had some positive implications for patients with vaginitis. Virtual consultations allowed healthcare providers to offer remote diagnosis and treatment recommendations, making it more convenient for patients to access care, particularly for less severe cases of vaginitis.

Vaginitis Therapeutics Market Trends

  • The increasing cases of vaginitis is a significant driver for the growth of the market. For instance, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), vaginitis is one of the most common reasons for women to visit their primary care providers in the U.S., responsible for 10 million office visits annually. This larger patient pool creates a market need for various therapeutics, including prescription medications, over the counter drugs, and medical devices designed to treat or manage vaginitis.

Further, as the number of individuals diagnosed with vaginitis increases, the demand for treatments rises correspondingly. Therefore, the growing prevalence can lead to an increase in clinical trials and research studies. These studies explore new treatment options, contributing to the overall growth and advancement of the market.

  • While these therapeutics offer potential benefits, the associated antibiotic resistance possesses a challenge. With increase in resistance, the number of effective medications available for treating vaginitis diminishes. This limitation in treatment options can result in prolonged infections, more severe symptoms, and increased healthcare costs due to the need for alternative, often more expensive treatments, thereby hampering the market growth to certain extent.

Vaginitis Therapeutics Market Analysis

Vaginitis Therapeutics Market, By Disease Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on disease type, the market is classified into bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis, trichomoniasis, and other disease type. In the year 2022, bacterial vaginosis segment dominated the market with a substantial share of 43.6%.

  • Bacterial vaginosis is the most prevalent vaginal infection among women of reproductive age. Its widespread occurrence means a large patient population requiring treatment. The disease often recurs after treatment, necessitating repeated or extended courses of therapy. This recurrence leads to a consistent demand for therapeutics, both prescription and over the counter, to manage the condition.
Vaginitis Therapeutics Market Revenue Share, By Drug Class, (2022)

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Based on drug class, the vaginitis therapeutics market is divided into anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-protozoal, and other drug class. The anti-bacterial segment is expected to reach USD 3.5 billion by 2032.

  • Anti-bacterial drugs are effective in treating various cases of vaginitis, as they target the bacteria causing the infection. Metronidazole and clindamycin, the most prescribed antibiotics have been found to be effective in clinical studies, leading to their widespread use.
  • Moreover, healthcare providers often prescribe these drugs as the first line of treatment for suspected bacterial infections, as well as for trichomoniasis. Therefore, the established efficacy and safety of these drugs influence physician prescribing patterns, leading to a higher utilization rate in the market and is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period.

Based on route of administration, the vaginitis therapeutics market is segmented into oral and topical. The topical segment accounted for USD 2.5 billion in 2022.

  • The highest market share can be attributed to their targeted delivery, minimized systemic absorption, versatility, and effectiveness. Also, these products are available over the counter without a prescription. This accessibility encourages self-treatment and immediate use, especially for common conditions like yeast infections.
  • Furthermore, topical treatments often include soothing agents that provide immediate relief from symptoms such as itching, burning, and irritation. This relief and enhanced comfort contribute to patient satisfaction and drive the popularity of topical therapeutics and thus, is expected to boost the market progress.

Based on mode, the market is bifurcated into over the counter (OTC) and prescription mode. OTC segment dominated the market with a substantial share of 63.5%.

  • Many vaginal conditions, such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, are common and can often be self-diagnosed by patients based on recognizable symptoms. OTC products provide a convenient solution for individuals experiencing these common conditions without the need for a doctor's visit or prescription. Such benefits associated with OTC mode is expected to spur the growth of the segment.

Based on distribution channel, the vaginitis therapeutics market is classified into hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, and online pharmacy. Hospital pharmacy segment dominated the market with USD 1.6 billion in 2022.

  • Hospitals deal with a wide array of medical conditions, including severe or complex vaginal infections that require specialized prescription medications. Such specialized treatments are often dispensed and managed by hospital pharmacies.
  • Furthermore, patients undergoing gynecological surgeries or procedures, such as hysterectomies, may require specific vaginal therapeutics post-surgery. Therefore, hospital pharmacies provide these medications to patients during their recovery period.
North America Vaginitis Therapeutics Market Size, 2020 – 2032 (USD Million)

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The North America vaginitis therapeutics market is expected to grow at 7.3% during the analysis period.

  • North America has a significant aging population. The population are more susceptible to vaginal infections due to hormonal changes, making them a key demographic for vaginal therapeutics. The higher prevalence of menopausal and postmenopausal women in North America further increases the demand for treatments addressing vaginal health issues.
  • Additionally, the region leads in medical research and technological innovations, advanced diagnostic tools, research initiatives, and innovative therapies for vaginal health are more readily available, thereby contributing to the growth of the market.

 Vaginitis Therapeutics Market Share

The players operating in this market have established themselves through continuous research & development and ensuring high-quality products. Bayer AG, Pfizer, Inc, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc account for significant market share. These prominent players thrive through a combination of strategic approaches, product diversification, effective marketing strategies, market understanding, patient assistance programs, and regulatory compliance.

Market players operating in the vaginitis therapeutics is as mentioned below:

  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Merck & Co.
  • Novartis AG
  • Bayer AG
  • Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Sanofi SA
  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
  • Cipla Ltd
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Astellas Pharma

Vaginitis Therapeutics Industry News:

  • In March 2022, Pfizer launched Daivobet, a topical steroid-vitamin D combination cream, to treat vulvovaginal candidiasis. It is the first and only FDA-approved topical steroid-vitamin D combination cream for candidiasis. This product launch added value to its existing portfolio and expanded the revenue growth.
  • In June 2020, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc, collaborated with PlushCare for a virtual doctor’s appointment, consultancy and prescription for adult females suffering from bacterial vaginosis. This strategy expanded its business revenue and sales of the products.

The global vaginitis therapeutics market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Disease Type, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Candidiasis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Other disease type

By Drug Class, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-protozoal
  • Other drug class

By Route of Administration, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Oral
  • Topical

By Mode, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Over the counter (OTC)
  • Prescription

By Distribution Channel, 2018 – 2032 (USD Million)

  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Retail pharmacy
  • Online pharmacy

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy , Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Vaginitis therapeutics industry size was USD 3.6 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 7.3 billion by 2032 due to the rising prevalence of vaginal infections, growing awareness pertaining to women’s health and the increasing availability of effective treatments worldwide.

The bacterial vaginosis disease type segment held 43.6% share of the vaginitis therapeutics industry in 2022 and is expected to register a significant CAGR from 2023-2032 on account of it being the most prevalent vaginal infection among women of reproductive age.

North America vaginitis therapeutics industry is expected to grow at 7.3% CAGR from 2023-2032 owing to a high prevalence of menopausal and postmenopausal women in the region.

Pfizer, Inc., Merck & Co., Novartis AG, Bayer AG, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi SA, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Cipla Ltd, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, are some of the major market worldwide.

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