As one can imagine, abnormal vaginal discharge in combo with a side of itch can be met with a varied number of emotions… panic, confusion, paranoia. None of them are good. The aim of today’s blog is to educate you on one of the most common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge, Bacterial Vaginosis or BV for short!
BV is a mild infection of the vagina caused by an imbalance of bacteria. Essentially, living in your vagina is both “good” and “bad” bacteria. The “good” bacteria in your vagina goes by the name of lactobacillus. The “bad” bacteria in your vagina goes by the name of Gardnerella vaginalis. Lactobacillus is considered as being the “good” bacteria because it keeps your vagina slightly acidic. The acidic environment kills the bad bacteria, where cases of BV are caused when the pH balance is thrown out of whack.
So, what are the typical symptoms of BV?
Although these symptoms can all point to a case of BV, the can also be indicative of another sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea.
What are the risk factors for BV?
If you do happen to test positive for BV, you'll most likely be prescribed a seven-day course of metronidazole. Metronidazole is an antibiotic which will kill off the “bad” bacteria.
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