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What is bacterial vaginosis

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Infection: It is a bacterial infection of the vagina that may need treatment when symptomatic
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: "Approximately 50 to 75 percent of women with BV have no symptoms. Those with symptoms often note an unpleasant, "fishy smelling" vaginal discharge th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Infection: Basically, it's an overgrowth of certain normal bacteria that inhabit the vaginal cavity. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Gyn doctor shoul... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Women only: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is characterized by disruption of the normal vaginal flora. Present in about 29% of us women of reproductive age, BV is one o... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacking
Family Medicine 19 years experience
BV: The bacteria which cause BV are always present in the vagina, they just overgrow. Antibiotic use or douching can cause them to overgrow. BV is not an ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Imbalance: All healthy women have a mix of bacteria & some yeast in the vagina. An imbalance in the vagina, such as change in ph, blood flow, amount of bacteria ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Malodorous: The most common symptom is a"fishy" malodorous vaginal discharge, and the gyn md can do testing to find out in the office during your exam.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Different causes: Bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacteria normally found in the vagina. Discharge is white to grey and often has a fishy odor. Yeast is caused by a fu... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
34 years experience
Chlamydia vs. BV: I would have to say this would be highly unlikely, providing that the doctor sent urine and/or vaginal swabs for lab analysis. If no testing was done... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Get from yourself: Bacterial vaginosis is a very common vaginal infection in women. It is from bacteria that live normally in the colon, but because the distance betwee... Read More