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is it true that heavy vaginal discharge the same as bacterial vaginosis?

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Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Not necessarily: Bacterial vaginosis is a specific type of vaginal infection that women get, and is quite common. A heavy vaginal discharge simply means there is a lot of discharge from the vagina, but that doesn't say why the discharge is heavy. It could be heavy due to a vaginal infection such as yeast or bacterial vaginosis, but from something irritating them, or from using a vaginal medication for instance.

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