Bacterial Vaginosis: 4 Extremely Disturbing Symptoms Of Unpleasant Condition

Date June 25, 2018

Although women are more likely to get bacterial vaginosis (BV) in their reproductive years, the condition can affect women of any age. Therefore, it is important to know the symptoms of the disease and ways to prevent this.

The condition itself is not really dangerous, yet it is considered highly unpleasant, as it can bring huge discomfort and a bunch of unwanted or disturbing symptoms to its owner. Moreover, if not treated, it can lead to far more serious complications.

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What is bacterial vaginosis and how can one get it?

Bacterial vaginosis is not STD, but it is rare for women to get the disease without having sexual intercourse. The disease occurs as a result of an overgrowth of some bacteria in the vagina, which means that it is just an imbalance of the bacteria that make up the microflora in a woman’s vagina rather than a true infection. Typically, “good” bacteria called lactobacilli are outnumbered by “bad” anaerobic bacteria.

Studies show that BV affects more than 29% of women in the U.S. and is found in around 60% of women with STDs. Moreover, it is estimated that BV affects nearly 25% of pregnant women, making the condition the most common vaginal abnormality in women of reproductive age.

What are the risk factors?

Scientists aren’t sure what exactly causes bacterial vaginosis. However, the most apparent risk factors have been determined:

  • new sexual partners (or multiple);
  • IUDs for birth control (intrauterine devices);
  • use of antibiotics;
  • vaginal douching;
  • smoking.

Bacterial vaginosis is believed not to be contagious. Therefore, you cannot contract the disease from touching contaminated objects, from toilets seat, swimming pools, etc.

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What are the common symptoms?

Many women with bacterial vaginosis don’t experience any symptoms. However, the disease may cause very disturbing manifestations, including the following:

  • excess vaginal discharge of gray, white or green color;
  • unpleasant “fishy” vaginal odor;
  • vaginal itching;
  • burning sensation when urinating.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit your doctor, as these signs can indicate other far more serious conditions.

What are the possible complications?

Complications from bacterial vaginosis are rare. However, the condition is linked to preterm birth in pregnant women. Bacterial vaginosis is also known to make women more susceptible to STDs. Furthermore, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease.

To prevent it, it is recommended to minimize vaginal irritation and avoid any STDs. Studies also show that douching disrupts the bacterial balance in your vagina, thus increasing chances of getting bacterial vaginosis.

Take care and stay healthy!

Source: Mayo Clinic, Medicine Net, Medical News Today

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