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will bv(bacterial vaginosis), go away on its own?

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Dr. Maurizio Galasso
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Usually no: An antibiotic treatment w metrodinazole or Clindamycin usually necessary.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is bacterial vaginosis sexually transmitted?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
No.: It is normal to have bacteria living in your vagina that do not cause any symptoms or problems. Bacterial vaginosis develops when the bacterial composition of the vagina changes, causing a foul smelling discharge. Though it is not a sexually transmitted disease, risk factors for acquiring bacterial vaginosis include multiple or new sexual partners, douching, and cigarette smoking.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Whats a natural way to keep bacterial vaginosis gone?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Several: Avoid tampons, avoid douches and in certain cases keeping your weight under control. Do not use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Try using condoms even if you are on birth control.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Discharge: Vaginal discharge, occasionally malodorus, itching or discomfort in the vagina are the most frequent symptoms. Oftentimes, it goes unnoticed for a woman, though.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a home remedy for bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not really: Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. The only real way to fix it is with antibiotics. There is an over the counter product called rephresh which can help normalize the pH of the vagina. It is better at preventing BV after treatment than using it for actual treatment.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get tested for bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Wet mount: Your ob/gyn could do this basic test 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 cornerstones of any diagnosis.

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