Bacterial Vaginosis


What is it?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection. It is identified through a change in the vaginal discharge, most noticeably where the discharge has a strong fishy smell.  

Causes

BV is not an sexually transmitted disease (STI) and is caused because the balance of bacteria inside the vagina becomes disrupted.  

Treatments

BV is not serious for the vast majority of women, although it may be a concern if symptoms of BV develop in pregnancy and you have a history of pregnancy-related complications. To confirm it is BV you should go and have this checked out by a GP or GUM clinic. Once diagnosed this can then be treated through antibiotics or cream.

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