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Can You Tell Me The Signs Of Bv
Fishy odor: Bacterial vaginosis is a very common non sexually transmitted infection caused by an overgrowth of bacterial normally present in the vagina in small numbers. It causes a fishy odor especially if there is blood or semen present. It causes vaginal discharge and an elevated ph. ...Read more
Here are some ...: While always trying to track down what may cause or be related with a disease condition, it's not always possible. But, one can say for sure is what you are represents what you have been. As to trich & BV, it has been known many men / women may get such along their life and many of them may have no symptom but just carriers. So, at times, symptoms may flare up while personal immune ability is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms gone?: The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, such as a fishy vaginal odor and increased discharge, should disappear after proper treatment to the infection. Be sure you have completed all of your antibiotics as prescribed. If you are still experiencing symptoms, you might consider seeing your doctor where you can be retested for cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the signs that show BV has progressed to pid? How long do you have to have it for it to progress? Does my partner need medicine also?
This is fine: Bacterial vaginosis, correct? Not a problem unless it is very uncomfortable. ...Read more
Why don't doctors test a patient's pH levels or tell patients about dietary changes (that affect ph) that can reduce the recurrence of bv?
Many doctors do: U shouldn't stereotype, I have my pts taking acidolphilus or probiotics daily to try to prevent bact and yeast infections, the more hot and humid it is the more chance for infection, and many cases of BV are not adequately treated because all the different types of bact, ( there are at least 6) are not adequately diagnosed by some labs and cultures. ...Read more
Vaginal flora: Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection of the vagina caused by native bacteria. Normally, there are a lot of "good" bacteria and some "bad" bacteria in the vagina. The good types help control the growth of the bad types. In women with BV, the balance is upset. There are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria.A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a "fishy" smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms. ...Read more
Irritation & odor: Bacterial vaginosis symptoms usually include vaginal irritation, sometimes itching, grey discharge and a fishy odor. It is diagnosed by a wet mount in which your provider looks at the vaginal discharge under a microscope, a dna test or a culture. It is treated with an antibiotic taken vaginally or by mouth. Douching can increase the chance of getting this infection. ...Read more
Chlamydia: No. Drs diagnose chlamydia from laboratory tests not by visual inspection alone. I will assume that for a dr. To be that specific they may have had a lab test and if positive for chlamydia then it is chlamydia. False negative tests are usually not common and even if you think so it is better to be treated than not. Chlamydia can occur in conjunction with other organisms i.E bacterial vaginosis etc. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Can a gyne diagnose you w/ bv correctly just by vag exam and seeing the discharges in your cervix? Could she tell if theres something else not right?
BV & yeast infection: Typically, BV gives you a thin, gray vaginal discharge with a bad fishy odor. Candidiasis or yeast infection gives you a thick, white cottage cheese- like vaginal discharge. You should get tested for them to find out what you have as the appearance of your vaginal discharge does not confirm the diagnosis and you could have both or more (trichomonas, chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc.). ...Read more
See your HCP: The symptoms can frequently be similar for both, but, typically, BV is associated with a foul fishy ordor, a watery discharge that comes and goes, and itching. A yeast infection generally does not have a distinct odor, but may have a thick discharge and itching associated with it. Many times, vaginal dryness is the first indication of a yeast infection. ...Read more
Different symptoms: The symptoms usually are quite different. Yeast is itchy, sometimes with redness of the labia and vaginal opening, with little or no thick, white discharge. There is no odor. BV usually causes strong odor (often perceived as "fishy") and a thin, white or gray discharge, and no itching. It is possible to have both infections at the same time. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment advice. ...Read more
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