What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection of the vagina caused by bacteria.

“Good”bateria occurs naturally in the vagina and controls the spread of “bad” bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis causes an overgrowth of bad bacterial in the vagina.

Bacterial vaginosis is usually a mild infection but left untreated it can lead to more serious problems.

How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis?

Some women have no symptoms when they have this infection but others have a grayish white or yellow fishy smelling vaginal discharge.

This symptom is not definitive of bacterial vaginosis because it is similar to  symptoms of some sexually transmitted infections. If you suspect that you have this infection then it is best that you go to your Doctor’s office to get a diagnosis.

Who is at risk of contracting bacterial vaginosis?

Any woman is at risk for contracting this infection but there are increased risks for women with their immune systems compromised by conditions such as diabetes.

Women with multiple sexual partners and those who smoke are also at an increased risk. The risks of  contracting bacterial vaginosis are also higher for women who use scented soaps, intrauterine device (IUD) and douches.

Is bacterial vaginosis harmful?

Bacterial vaginosis is usually not harmful but it can lead to complications especially in pregnant women. It can increase the risk of miscarriages, early delivery, and uterine infections. It can also increase the woman’s risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

It is important that you get the right treatment for this infection because it is usually misdiagnosed as yeast infections so it is important that you go to the Doctor’s if you suspect that you have bacterial vaginosis.

Photo by marin. Published on 08 November 2012
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