Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in the world – it is twice as common as yeast infections. It is caused by an imbalance of the vagina’s natural flora and characterized by a disturbing “fishy” odor. Typical western medicine uses antibiotics to treat BV, but as you may or may not know, antibiotics have an 80% failure rate for treating bacterial vaginosis.
What is a Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection of the vagina caused by bacteria. Normally, there are a lot of “good” bacteria and some “bad” bacteria in the vagina. The good types help control the growth of the bad types. In women with BV, the balance is upset. There are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria.
Bacterial vaginosis is usually a mild problem that may go away on its own in a few days. But it can lead to more serious problems. So it’s a good idea to see your doctor and get treatment.
Experts are not sure what causes the bacteria in the vagina to get out of balance. But certain things make it more likely to happen. Your risk of getting BV is higher if you:
- Have more than one sex partner or have a new sex partner.
You may be able to avoid BV if you limit your number of sex partners and don’t douche or smoke.
Bacterial vaginosis is more common in women who are sexually active. But it can occur if you are not sexually active as well.
The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a “fishy” smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have BV do not notice any symptoms.
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