Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common vagina inflammation that occurs due to the overpopulation of bacterias that naturally resides in the vagina. Every female of any age group has a chance of getting Bacterial vaginosis in their reproductive years (mostly from the ages of 15-44) through sexual or non-sexual ways like douching.
Now, what could possibly cause Bacteria Vaginosis?, BV is caused by an increase in the amount of “bad” bacteria that is naturally found in the vagina. Normally, the good bacteria (lactobacilli) should be more than the bad bacteria (anaerobic bacteria like peptostreptococcus, fusobacterium, atopobium vaginae etc), but if an increase in the anaerobic bacteria occurs, this will cause an upset in the natural balance of microorganism in your vagina and cause Bacteria Vaginosis.
What are some risk factors that can trigger Bacteria Vaginosis? Well there are quite a few like,
- Having Multiple sex partner or the recent acquisition of a new sex partner
- Wearing of an Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Natural insufficiency of the “good” bacteria (lactobacilli) which occurs when the vaginal environment doesn’t produce enough lactobacilli
What could be the common symptoms associated with this infection? Let’s talk about those for a second.
- Itchy vagina
- Burning sensations during urination
- The presence of thin gray, white or green vaginal discharge
- Foul smelling Vagina odor most accurately described as the “fishy” odor
When Should You see your doctor? You should pay a visit to your doctor, if:
- You notice a new vaginal discharge accompanied by a foul odor or a fever
- You’ve had a vaginal infection before
- You’ve had multiple sex partners in the past or just recently have a new sex partner
Your gynecologist will then perform some vital analysis such as a pelvic examination, vaginal/microscopic examination and performing a vaginal PH test to confirm the diagnosis of the infection. And then the prescription of antibiotics will then be given to you either in an oral form (tablets) or as a cream and gel which you apply directly to your vagina.
Prevention is better than cure is the common saying we all know, How then can you successfully prevent this infection from happening?
- Avoid douching!
- Have protected sex with condoms.
- Have fewer sex partners and also make sure to get tested for STIs regularly.
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