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

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

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. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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I have vaginal discharge with no odor. I just treated myself for bacterial vaginosis, everything seemed fine until i noticed heave discharge.

I have vaginal discharge with no odor. I just treated myself for bacterial vaginosis, everything seemed fine until i noticed heave discharge.

See doctor: A few things come to mind. There are no approved otc meds for bv, no unless a doctor called something in for you, it might not have been a BV medication. Bacterial vaginosis (bv) tends to have a distinct odor, so if your discharge did not have one, may have been something else, such as yeast. Worth seeing your doc to determine cause- there is a new high quality test (affirm) which can help tell. ...Read more

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Heavy vaginal discharge for past 6 months. Tested negative for any STDs or yeast infection/bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes itchy, leaks through pants?

Heavy vaginal discharge for past 6 months. Tested negative for any STDs or yeast infection/bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes itchy, leaks through pants?

Pelvic congestion: Is a common cause of a discharge when infection is ruled out. It is best left alone. However i would get an ultrasound, pap smear to make sure all gyn pathology is ruled out. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis besides discharge?

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis besides discharge?

Odor: The classic symptoms are a "fishy" odor and a thin grayish-white vaginal discharge. It doesn't usually cause itching or irritation. Sometimes women can have BV and not be aware of any symptoms. ...Read more

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Is bacterial vaginosis discharge thick, white, and chunky?

Is bacterial vaginosis discharge thick, white, and chunky?

Likely yeast: A vaginal discharge that is thick, white and chunky - like cottage cheese - is usually a yeast infection. The vaginal discharge with bacterial vaginosis is usually more thin and grey, sometimes frothy. They are treated differently so it is important to know which it is a woman has. Both can have itching and irritation. ...Read more

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Is this bacterial vaginosis if you have a mild discharge but have odor?

Is this bacterial vaginosis if you have a mild discharge but have odor?

Probably: A "fishy" odor is the single most diagnostic symptom of bv, even if there is no discharge. But other things can cause odor as well, such as a retained tampon or yeast with it's "yeasty" odor. Your doctor can confirm if the odor is due to bv. ...Read more

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Is bacterial vaginosis an immune problem or a vaginal problem ?

Is bacterial vaginosis an immune problem or a vaginal problem ?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Kobasa
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