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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is a disbalance in vaginal bacteria. BV is linked to an imbalance of “good” and
“harmful” bacteria that are normally found in a woman’s vagina. It is a very common condition in
women of reproductive age. It is not sexually transmitted.

We do not know the exact reason why some women develop BV, but we know that it is more common in sexually active women; Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners; vaginal douching; having a female sexual partner.
We also do not know how sex contributes to BV. There is no research to show that treating a sex partner affects whether or not a woman gets BV. Having BV can increase your chances of getting other STDs. BV rarely affects women who have never had sex. You cannot get BV from toilet seats, bedding, or swimming pools

The following basic prevention steps may help lower your risk of developing BV:
● Not having sex;
● Limiting your number of sex partners;
● Not douching; and
● Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.

Many women with BV do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may notice:
● A thin white or grey vaginal discharge;
● Pain, itching, or burning in the vagina;
● A strong fish-like odour, especially after sex;
● Burning when urinating;
● Itching around the outside of the vagina.

Usually, BV can preliminarily be diagnosed during clinical examination by inspection of vaginal discharge and confirmed with laboratory tests.

BV is treated with Metrogel or Dalacin cream (vaginal antibacterial gel or cream) and metronidazole (Flagyl) or clindamycin tablets. Treatment is effective. However, BV may recur and repeated courses of treatment may be prescribed to clear the infection and recurrences.

  • BV can be associated with pelvic inflammatory disease
  • it increases the risk of getting STI
  • it leads to complications during pregnancy such as preterm birth