Bacterial Vaginosis

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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) affects women by disrupting the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. An overgrowth of harmful bacteria replaces this normal balance and this is accompanied by pain, odor, and discharge, burning, or itching.

Bacterial Vaginosis Signs and Symptoms

Possible symptoms of BV is vaginal discharge that is abnormal which is accompanied by an unpleasant odor. A strong fish-like odor is reported by some women when they have intercourse. There is usually a whitish or gray thin discharge. Women experience burning and itching sensations outside the vagina during urination. It is also possible that women with BV do not show any signs or symptoms.

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment

There are some instances when women with BV will recover without treatment. Men with BV do not necessarily require treatments, yet women must be treated to avoid future complications.

Pregnant women should definitely be treated. A BV examination is required for all pregnant women who had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby.

Health care providers prescribe antibiotics to treat BV. Metronidazole or clindamycin are the recommended antibiotics for treatment. There are different dosages required to treat pregnant or non-pregnant women. HIV positive and HIV negative tested women with BV should be subjected to the same treatment.

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