What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
What Is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)? Treatment, Symptoms & Causes:- It’s a very common condition that is also called bacterial vaginosis. It’s when there’s an imbalance of normal bacteria in a healthy vagina.
This means that the acidity balance is upset so that there are more anaerobic bacteria there than there should be. Bacterial vaginosis is not an STD.
What Causes Bacterial Vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis can be caused by anything that upsets the balance of the normal bacteria in the vagina.
Such as new s*x partners or increased sexual activity. However, it can occur in women who have never had sexual intercourse before.
Excessive washing, particularly with scented soaps or perfume deodorants can cause BV.
Can Men Get Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
No, men cannot get BV, it’s unique to the vagina.
What Are The Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
The usual symptoms of BV are greyish-white, smelly vaginal discharge. Often women describe a fishy odor. The smell is often worse after intercourse or around period time.
When Should You Get Treatment For Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
If the BV is causing you symptoms, or the smell is noticeable, if you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or you’re about to undergo a gynecological procedure such as a termination of pregnancy, or vaginal hysterectomy. It’s recommended that you get treatment.
What Are The Treatments For Bacterial Vaginosis?
Well, oral antibiotics are a common treatment for bacterial vaginosis. I usually prescribe metronidazole one 400 milligram tablet, twice daily for a week.
This is safe to be used while pregnant. Other people can use Ornidazole 500 milligrams, one tablet, twice daily for five days.
This is not recommended to be used while pregnant. Some people swear by using live yogurt.
This is where you apply a thin layer of live yogurt to the outside of the vagina. You can also apply a small amount to a tampon to be used internally at night.
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The medical evidence for this is mixed. There are vaginal acetic acid gels. This lowers the pH, the acidity, of the vagina which encourages normal healthy bacteria to grow.
Again the medical evidence for this is mixed, but there’s no harm really in trying it. You can try probiotics for BV.
This is quite helpful but you need to take it once daily for at least two months.
What About Persistent BV? How Can You Stop It From Coming Back?
You can try a vaginal metronidazole 0.75% gel. You insert one applicator, twice weekly for at least six months and this is helpful.
The other option is, if you have a copper IUD, it is to have it taken out. Because these can be colonized by Gardnerella, which is a common cause of bacterial vaginosis.
How Do You Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
Often with BV, it happens for no apparent reason and there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it.
So don’t beat yourself up too much! I hope that you’ve found this video helpful and please remember to check out some of my other videos on women’s health, skin, and infections.