Bacterial Vaginosis

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Definition

Bacterial Vaginosis Is a type of vaginitis resulting to overgrowth of organisms present in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginitis can be present in many pregnant women without even knowing that they have it. Sometimes bacterial vaginitis in early stages is often asymptomatic.

Diagnosis

Review and assessment of any history of vaginal infections or sexually transmitted diseases. Pelvic examination can be vital in initial diagnosis. A sample of a cervical or vaginal discharge for laboratory analysis is essential to confirm the kind of vaginosis and the severity of the infection.

Treatment

Medications prescribed for bacterial vaginosis include Metronidazole such as Flagyl and MetroGel or Clindamycin. They can either be in tablet form or vaginal creams or gels.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals infected with bacterial vaginosis will notice a grayish-white discharge with a foul fish-like odor; usually obvious after sexual intercourse. Vaginal itching will occur in addition to painful urination. In some cases, light vaginal bleeding may occur in between menstrual periods.

Causes

Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina upsetting the balance of the bacteria. This often occurs on women with multiple sex partners, who douche, and women who use intrauterine device for birth control.

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