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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Lab Tests For Bacterial Vaginosis (Overview)

Bacterial Vaginosis is a risk factor for delivering a premature baby. It is important that women who previously delivered a premature baby be screened for Bacterial Vaginosis to treat any recurrence and reduce the risk of premature delivery. The vaginitis wet mount test is a test to detect bacterial vaginosis -- bacteria that normally live in the vagina overgrow, causing a heavy, white, fishy-smelling discharge and possibly a rash, painful intercourse, or odor after intercourse.


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Lab Tests For Bacterial Vaginosis (Overview)

Bacterial Vaginosis is a risk factor for delivering a premature baby. It is important that women who previously delivered a premature baby be screened for Bacterial Vaginosis to treat any recurrence and reduce the risk of premature delivery. The vaginitis wet mount test is a test to detect bacterial vaginosis -- bacteria that normally live in the vagina overgrow, causing a heavy, white, fishy-smelling discharge and possibly a rash, painful intercourse, or odor after intercourse.


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Can the nurse test for bacterial vaginosis?

Can the nurse test for bacterial vaginosis?

No: Your ob/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 cornerstones of any diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had an irregular pap test, i suspected i had bacterial vaginosis prior to my pap, could that throw it off? If not what could it all be?

I had an irregular pap test, i suspected i had bacterial vaginosis prior to my pap, could that throw it off? If not what could it all be?

Depends: Depends upon the irregularity. Some irregularity is really nothing to worry about and other irregularities are something to pay attention to. You will need to ask this question of your doc who has the specifics. ...Read more

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I just recently had bacterial vaginosis how does one get that? Also I have painful red bumps that come and go but herpes tests are negative?

I just recently had bacterial vaginosis how does one get that? Also I have painful red bumps that come and go but herpes tests are negative?

Abnormal bacteria: Bv is a result of abnormal growth of a bacteria that is normally present in lower concentrations in the vagina. It is associated with increased sexual partners (but its not a std!), steroid use, etc. Painful red bumps can be many things. See your ob-gyn to get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a pelvic ultrasound and many other tests done yesterday at the hospital.. The doctors examined me and said it's Severe Bacterial Vaginosis. ?

I had a pelvic ultrasound and many other tests done yesterday at the hospital.. The doctors examined me and said it's Severe Bacterial Vaginosis. ?

Vaginal Infection: Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is basically an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina--it can usually have a 'fishy ' odor and possibly a milky discharge. Antibiotics are the treatment. BV is not diagnosed with ultrasound so I am not sure why that was done. ...Read more

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Postcoital bleeding over a yr and becoming more frequent, pelvic exam, STD tests, and pap smear all normal, only have bacterial vaginosis, wats wrong?

Postcoital bleeding over a yr and becoming more frequent, pelvic exam, STD tests, and pap smear all normal, only have bacterial vaginosis, wats wrong?

Cervicitis?: Spotting after sex often means inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) or cervical ectopy, a common condition on birth control pills or other hormone contraception. It can be gonorrhea or chlamydia, but these would show up on standard STD tests. Sometimes a uterine problem. Keep working with your doctor; it should be possible to find an explanation and perhaps treatment, e.g. cervical cautery. ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis and then 5 days the lab calls me and tells me I have chlamydia, what to do?

I have bacterial vaginosis and then 5 days the lab calls me and tells me I have chlamydia, what to do?

Contact: your physician or STD clinic for treatment of the Chlamydia. Your partner should also be treated. ...Read more

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What are std`s and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

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. ...Read more

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How do I fully treat bacterial vaginosis?

How do I fully treat bacterial vaginosis?

Antibiotics: Usually we use Flagyl 500mg twice daily for 5 days. http://www.cascadewomenshealth.org/download/pdfs/healtheducation/management%20of%20vaginal%20and%20vulvar%20infections%20and%20discomfort/bacterial%20vaginosis.pdf. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bacterial vaginosis?

What can I do to treat bacterial vaginosis?

See your doctor: Bv is highly treatable with certain prescription antibiotics. There is not much to do over the counter. ...Read more

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How can I treat bacterial vaginosis at home?

How can I treat bacterial vaginosis at home?

Check up: Bv usually needs to be treated by prescription antibiotics. If you have frequent recurrences, talk to your doctor about possible ways to balance your pH and keep the vaginal bacteria in better balance. Some people used over the counter products such as rephresh or luvena. Some physicians use vaginal suppositories containing boric acid, but these need to be made by a compounding pharmacist. ...Read more

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Will bacterial vaginosis go away on it's own?

Will bacterial vaginosis go away on it's own?

Rarely: Most women seek treatment asap because of the "foul odor" eminating from the vagina. ...Read more

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Plz tell me how do you treat bacterial vaginosis?

Plz tell me how do you treat bacterial vaginosis?

I use Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) vag : Supp or cream, you can also use Metrogel or Metronidazole pills, Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) usually works the best, you should get a culture because there are many differnet bact that can cause bv, see your gyn. ...Read more

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What can you take to treat a bacterial vaginosis?

What can you take to treat a bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis: You can do nothing and the vaginosis will clear up or you can consult your doctor and he can take a culture and give you a specific antibiotic for the cause. ...Read more

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Can you get bacterial vaginosis from your partner?

Can you get bacterial vaginosis from your partner?

Yes...maybe: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is usually caused by an imbalance in the bacterial population of the vagina, with more "bad" present than "good." we are not really sure the cause, one seems to be having a new sex partner, or having multiple partners. In general, having a monogamous relationship than has been ongoing for a while makes it less likely that the sex caused the bv. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes bacterial vaginosis?

Can anyone tell me what causes bacterial vaginosis?

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

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Would bacterial vaginosis clear without medication?

May happen: However, if you are symptomatic, good idea to get it treated. ...Read more

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