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What Cause Bacterial Vaginosis
Unknown, complicated: BV is overgrowth of some vaginal bacteria and undergrowth of others. Most or all the bacteria are entirely normal in the vagina -- it's the change in numbers that's important. Why it happens isn't clear. In some ways, BV behaves like an STD -- uncommon in virgins, more frequent with new or multiple partners. But no known germ comes from male partners, and treating partners doesn't prevent it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Unlikely: BV may be caused by alterations in the acid content of the vagina and the growth of bacteria in the vagina because of these changes, although there is debate about this, and experts are not sure why bacteria in the vagina get out of balance. Scented pads are not likely to be causing this. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Unlikely: Bacterial vaginosis is a disease of the vagina caused by bacteria. Risks for BV include douching and having new or multiple sex partners, although it is not clear what role sexual activity plays. Bv is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora and is often confused with yeast infection or with trichomoniasis. ...Read more
Not usually: Bacterial vaginosis usually causes a thin, grey-white discharge and a characteristic bad smell, which could be described as "musty" or "fishy." unlike a cervicitis, where the cervix is the source of discharge due an infection or other irritation, with bacterial vaginosis the discharge comes from the vagina due to a shift away from the good bacteria that usually live there. ...Read more
Vaginal odor: Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection It is due to an overgrowth of a normal vaginal bacteria named Gardnarella . It causes vaginal irritation, dischare and a fishy odor. It does not cause you to be tired You must be tested in a doctor's office and treated with antibiotics to cure. It can be a repetitive infection. ...Read more
Alternatives: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial vaginosis.: Often presents with white, gray, or yellowish cloudy discharge with a fishy odor. Brown discharge often contains older, deoxygenated blood ; may be seen after the period. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation. ...Read more
No cancer risk: Bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria, is not known to cause cancer or increase the risk of cancer. No worries there. However, it increases the risk of fallopian tube infection and premature delivery, if pregnant. If you have BV, there is no reason you should leave it untreated. Even recurrent BV usually can be prevented with proper care. Good luck! ...Read more
Unlikely: Generalized reaction or itching happens very rarely. ...Read more
It could contribute : To it but it is not an std, if u do not want to get preg i rec seeing a gyn or going to a clinic to get on birth control, and you can potentially catch a lot of bad diseases from unprotected sex like gon, chly, herpes, hiv, so you should be using at least a condom if you are not married and u may have a great boyfriend but many guys your age only are thinking of 1 thing and dont care ifugeta dise. ...Read more
Generally not: Bacterial vaginosis most often causes a thin, grey-white discharge and a distinctive odor, which some people describe as "musty" or "fishy." burning and irritation around the clitoris and the opening to the vagina could be caused by an infection (like an std or a yeast infection) or irritation from another source (like an allergic reaction to a soap). You should see a healthcare provider! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BV: This is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease, but there is data showing that the bacteria colonizing the skin of the penis can be those obtained from a sexual partner and transmitted back to them after treatment. If you have a partner with multiple contacts BV is the least of concerns. Make sure you are tested for all STDs. ...Read more
Dx'ed with bacterial vaginosis. Not sure how long i've had it. How likely is it to cause infertility?
Unlikely: While theoretically possible, i've never heard of bacterial vaginosis causing infertility. It's very common, so if it did cause infertility, that would be a lot of women affected. Sometimes it can go undiagnosed for a long time. So long as you've treated it now, though, you should be fine. ...Read more
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