Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and What are The Symptoms of a BV Infection?

How Do I know If I Have Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms?

BV OdorMany women will experience several bouts of BV or bacterial vaginosis in their lifetime, it is actually quite common and oftentimes goes unnoticed. However when you have recurring ‘fishy’ smells and discharge from your ‘nether’ region then you can probably ascertain you have BV.

As with all medical conditions it is best to seek medical help for diagnosing problems or health issues.

Once you ‘know the routine’ and are familiar with the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis then it is time to take matters into your own hands and treat the problem as soon as it arises. Continual treatment for BV with antibiotics are more harmful for your body than the infection itself!

What are the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

As stated earlier, some women are fairly symptom free. Sometimes it takes your partner to point out the ‘fishy’ odor he can smell during sex. I don’t have to tell you this can be extremely embarrassing for the woman!

Many women who suffer with chronic bacterial vaginosis have become reluctant to have sex even with long-time partners or husbands. No longer are they able to enjoy spur of the moment romps they have to go to the bathroom and clean the vaginal area to help reduce the odor that comes with a BV infection. Talk about killing the mood!

Here are some other symptoms of a Bacterial Vaginosis infection:

You may have BV if you find you are having a yellow or greyish white discharge from the vagina.

BV is the most common reason for abnormal vaginal discharge.

The vaginal discharge may smell stronger after sex and is generally heavier  after your period.

The discharge does not normally cause itching around the vagina or vulva however some women are prone to itching with this condition.

Typically women of child-bearing age are most affected.

BV is not a sexually transmitted disease though women in a same sex relationship can pass BV to one another.

A yeast infection/candida infection also causes a discharge however the discharge is usually heavier and thicker and does cause itching and sometimes burning.

Bacterial Vaginosis is not caused by any one germ/bacterium in particular. For some reason an imbalance occurs in the vagina causing bacteria overgrowth to occur. A typical healthy vagina has lots of good bacteria that helps fight infections such as thrush and candida. For unknown reasons the bad bacteria begins thriving and takes over leading to a BV infection.

Whilst BV infections are more prominent in sexually active women, it is also a condition that women who are not and have never been sexually active to  acquire.

Even women in same sex partnerships can acquire a bacterial vaginosis infection.

There is nothing to be ashamed about if you have a BV infection!

It is quite common, does not reflect on sexual habits, cleansing or any other physical issue.

BV infections in themselves are completely harmless. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are annoying, embarrassing and frustrating and they can be eradicated with the right treatment.

 

Take the BV Quiz to see if you may have Bacterial Vaginosis

BV Quiz

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