Fishy odour? Discharge? Itching? You might have bacterial vaginosis

What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition that affects women of reproductive age. It is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina, leading to an imbalance in the natural bacterial flora. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

Symptoms

The symptoms of BV can vary from woman to woman. Some women may not experience any symptoms at all, while others may experience the following:

– A thin, white or grey vaginal discharge

– A strong, fishy odour, especially after sexual intercourse

– Burning or itching around the vagina

– Pain during urination

– Vaginal irritation or redness

Causes

The exact cause of BV is not known, but it is believed to be related to an imbalance in the vaginal microbiome. The vagina normally contains a balance of different types of bacteria, including lactobacilli, which help to keep the pH of the vagina acidic and prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. When the balance of bacteria is disrupted, harmful bacteria can overgrow and cause BV.

There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing BV, including:

– Douching: Douching can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and increase the risk of BV.

– Sexual activity: Women who are sexually active are more likely to develop BV, although the condition is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection.

– Antibiotics: Taking antibiotics can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina and increase the risk of BV.

– Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause can increase the risk of BV.

Treatment

The treatment for BV usually involves antibiotics, which can be taken orally or applied topically to the vagina. In addition to antibiotics, there are several steps that women can take to help prevent BV from recurring, including:

– Avoiding douching

– Using condoms during sexual activity

– Practicing good hygiene, including washing the genital area with mild soap and water

– Eating a healthy diet and avoiding excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates

– Take high concentration probiotics and eat foods rich in probiotics such as kefir

In conclusion, bacterial vaginosis is a common condition that affects many women.  The symptoms of BV can vary from woman to woman, but treatment typically involves antibiotics and lifestyle changes. If you are experiencing any symptoms of BV, it is important to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Call us today and speak to our professional team.

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Alya Shakir

Alya Shakir

Alya has been responsible for the growth of the clinics, overseeing their expansion and development and creating policies and procedures to ensure optimum patient care and experience. Alya is the registered manager with the Care Quality Commission.

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