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A 16-year-old female asked:

is bacterial vaginosis an immune problem or a vaginal problem ?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
BV: Although autoimmune conditions may alter the acidity levels within the vagina that would be a rare manner to develop this condition which is primarily a vaginal disorder with growth of unwanted organisms in the vaginal vault.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
More vaginal but...: Great question! All infections are related to the balance between immune function and microbes. There is a longstanding debate about the importance of microbes vs. the terrain. But those with healthy immune systems can get BV, so I consider it more of a local vaginal problem rather than a systemic issue. See http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/bacterial_vaginosis.html for info on home remedies.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned if I have green vaginal discharge?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Women know their bodies and might be familiar with many types of vaginal discharge. However, an unusual one or a new one should be evaluated by a professional. If yellowish green, it could be trichomonas, which an obgyn provider should diagnose and treat. If the woman is pregnant and the discharge is darker green, it could be meconium-stained amniotic fluid, and that could become an OB emergency.
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Should I speak to a doctor about odd smelling vaginal discharge?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated. The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get pregnant if his penis does not enter my vagina?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: The only requirement to achieve pregnancy is for sperm to reach the ovulated egg. Genital contact can still lead to pregnancy even in the absence of penetration if ejaculation occurs near the vaginal opening.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Are their any other causes for painless vaginal sores besides syphilis?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Bechet's disease, trauma or cuts, lichen sclerosis, or cancer can all cause painless sores.
A member asked:

Im having more then normal discharge from my vagina no color but a fishy discharge smell

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Get checked: This could represent a vaginal infection. You need to get checked out and get it treated as necessary.

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