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Vaginal Infections

Also known as gardnerella, bacterial vaginitis, or “B.V.,” is an infection caused by rod-shaped bacteria. IT IS NOT A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION. But we get a lot of questions about it. These bacteria normally live in the vagina in small numbers, but can increase and cause symptoms if the normal balance of the vagina is upset. It is not a sexually transmitted disease, although it may be more likely to occur after intercourse. It can also occur in people who have never had sex.

How Does It Affect My Body?

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can vary. But the most frequent one is increased vaginal discharge with a strong smell. This discharge is usually thin and may be white, yellow, gray or frothy in appearance. It may also cause some itching or burning.

How Do You Test for B.V.?

To diagnose bacterial vaginosis, a sample of the vaginal discharge is examined under the microscope to identify the bacteria.

What is the Treatment?

Bacterial vaginosis can be treated several ways. Treatment varies from a vaginal cream to oral antibiotics. It is very important to finish all of the medication so the infection does not recur. Partners do not need to be treated.

Ways to Prevent Vaginal Infections