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Hypothyroid Bacterial Vaginosis
Chlamydia vs. BV: I would have to say this would be highly unlikely, providing that the doctor sent urine and/or vaginal swabs for lab analysis. If no testing was done, it's possible that the doctor could misdiagnose.
Multiple: Std's or sexually transmitted diseases, are diseases transmitted through sexual contact. Examples are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hiv, hepatitis c, genital warts, and genital herpes. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by an overabundance of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms can include a watery, foul or fishy smelling discharge and/or vaginal irritation.
History and exam: Bv is a vaginal infection related to 'anaerobic bacteria'. It is associated with a vaginal discharge, possible burning and an odor. Your doctor can easily diagnose this with an exam, measurement of vaginal ph (which is elevated) and culture. This is easily treated!
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.
A pH change: Bv is caused when the normal vaginal ph is disturbed, outside of its normal range. (can happen due to menstrual bleeding, dietary changes, stress, antibiotic use). Too high of an increase in the ph can results in bv., which is an overproliferation of one form of normal vaginal bacteria, but too many causes odor, irritation, frothy discharge, and sometimes pain with intercourse.
Vaginosis: As the name implies, vaginosis is caused by bacteria. Symptoms include a discharge, pain and foul odor
No, unless chronic.: Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. That means if you have bacterial vaginosis, you will not pass it to your sexual partner. However, recurrent bacterial vaginosis infections may require that you be cultured for chlamydia and if positive your boyfirend may also need treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Transmission of BV: Excellent question -- without a clear answer. BV acts like an STD (more common in people with STDs or at risk) but treating male sex partners doesn't prevent recurrence. However, condoms may help prevent new episodes. BV is definitely transmitted sexually in lesbians who share vaginal fluids via fingers, sex toys, etc. It definitely is not contagious by nonsexual contact, e.g. shared bathroom.
Yes: Bv does not usually cause a miscarriage, I have treated many pts for it in teh first trimenster and non of them had a mis.
Alternative Trtx: Intravaginal boric acid, a 600 mg capsule once nightly for 14 days may be able to help with your problem. This medication is not FDA-approved for this purpose and must be made by a compounding pharmacy. Boric acid can be fatal if swallowed rather than used intravaginally, so be careful around children. Still it's a worthwhile option when all the antibiotics don't work.See 1 more doctor answer
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