What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection of the vagina caused by bacteria where the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria is upset. It is the most common vaginal infection in females ages 15-44.

You cannot get BV from toilet seats, bedding, or swimming pools, however it is unknown as how sex contributes to BV. Medical studies show that having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk for getting BV.

Experts are not sure what causes the bacteria in the vagina to get out of balance but certain things like having a new sex partner or more than one sex partner makes it more likely to happen. It has been shown that BV is more common in women who are sexually active but there is debate around whether or not a person can catch it from another person. Not using a condom increases risk. If you believe you are at risk for this infection, make sure it is not an STD. The only way to eliminate an STD is by testing. Click here now for fast STD testing.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

The most common symptoms are:

~ A discharge that may look white, milky, grey, or yellow that is foamy or watery

~ A discharge that has a "fishy" smell which can become stronger after sex

~ Pain during urination

~ Vaginal itching

~ Vaginal redness

~ Vaginal irritation and soreness

This infection can be very uncomfortable. However, many women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms.

Whether there are symptoms or not, it is smart to get screened for this and other infections. There are many things can cause discomfort or abnormal vaginal discharge, including pregnancy and certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The only way to tell whether or not you are pregnant, have BV, or have an STD is by testing. Guesswork is not smart. Getting an FDA approved screening is.

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How Bacterial Vaginosis is Treated

BV is treated with antibiotics that must be prescribed by a physician. Generally male sex partners of women with BV don't need to be treated. However, BV can be spread to female partners from the male. If your current partner is female, talk to her about treatment. It is possible to contract it again even after being treated.

Some problems can arise if it is left untreated. For example:

* BV can cause premature delivery and low birth weight babies (less than five pounds).

* A pelvic inflammatory disease (or PID) may arise. This is an infection that can affect a woman's uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

* A higher risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can occur. Having BV can raise your risk of contracting HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

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