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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do i know if i've contracted bacterial vaginosis?

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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.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to know what is bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 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 should be able to do basic office testing (e.g. Wet mount) or there are other "send out" tests that can be done. Of course, a thorough history (e.g. Malodorous vaginal discharge, itching, irritation, etc...) and physical exam are the basics in diagnosing.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you have bacterial vaginosis and does it spread?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Discharge and odor: Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a thin, somtimes gyayish discharge, that is mildly irritationg or itchy, and most often a "foul" or "fishy" odor. It is usually treated with oral antibiotics (metronidazole and sometimes . There is also a Metronidazole vaginal gel as well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis or something else?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 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 that is more noticeable after sexual intercourse. Vaginal discharge that is off-white and thin may also be present. Some patients have itching. Pain during urination or sex, redness, and swelling are not typical." See dr to know.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
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May 11, 2015
A 33-year-old member asked:

I need help! How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Jane Eason
35 years experience
Bacterial Vaginosis: Many women with BV have no symptoms. If you are having a vaginal discharge that is whitish in color with a fishy odor, you may have BV. The only way to know for sure is to see your physician to have a sample of the discharge sent to the lab for diagnosis. BV is simple to diagnose by analyzying the discharge.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have bacterial vaginosis, it doesn't smell?

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Dr. Jane Eason
35 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: BV can cause an off-white vaginal discharge with a fishy odor. Alternatively, it can cause a discharge without much odor, or it can cause no symptoms whatsoever. To know whether you have it, you would need to see your doctor for a vaginal swab of the discharge for lab analysis.
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