Vagina Dialogue: Bacterial Vaginosis

Updated: Jan 16, 2018

Soooooo, I have received multiple questions from women asking for information about Bacterial Vaginosis aka “BV.” I also often hear complaints from women who repeatedly get BV or can’t get rid of it at all According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention , “Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common cause of discharge and odor in women age 15-44.” There is no known cause but it is linked to an imbalance in good and bad bacteria in the vagina. It is also more common in African Americans and Mexican Americans. BV is known to produce a watery, grayish discharge and has a foul fishy odor. The degree of symptoms vary from person to person and can be highly individual.

Furthermore, some women experience no symptoms at all. It is not considered a sexually transmitted infection because sexual encounters are not the only risk factors associated with getting BV. However, having BV does increase your risk of getting other STI’s and can even cause premature delivery in pregnant women.For women with repeat BV, you should be sure to rule out all other possible causes of discharge such as STIs because chlamydia could be the cause. If results are negative, you may want to look at other possible risk factors that may be contributing to your symptoms. RISK FACTORS:· Douching· New Sex Partner· Multiple Sex Partners· Sensitivity to fragranced bath/ laundry soap· Sensitivity to certain condoms PREVENTION MEASURES:· No Douching!· Safe Sex· Monogamous Relationship· Clean sexual toys before and after use· Probiotics help maintain “good” vaginal bacteriaSee what the CDC has to say about BV!

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Originally Written: June 2, 2016

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