WHAT IS BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS?
Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common vaginal infections. It is caused by an overgrowth of one or more types of bacteria. The exact cause of this overgrowth is unknown.
- The most common complaint is a strong foul or “fishy” smelling vaginal odor.
- Excessive white or gray discharge with milk-like consistency that can stain undergarments.
- Nearly half of all women with bacterial vaginosis will experience no symptoms.
- Metronidazole is the most widely used medication. This comes in pill form or as a vaginal cream. Other medicines are also used. The one best suited for you will be discussed by your health care provider.
- Over the counter products like douches or sprays should not be used. These products may hide important clues that assist your health provider in diagnosing and possibly make the condition worse. Medications to treat Bacterial Vaginosis are available only by prescription.
- There is no scientific evidence that this is sexually transmitted. Most health care providers will not treat your sexual partner.
- Avoid douching or using irritating agents such as harsh soaps or feminine hygiene sprays. These products can disrupt the normal balances of vaginal organisms.
- Avoid spreading bacterial from the rectum to the vagina. Always wipe from front to back away from the vagina.
- Avoid tight jeans, underwear without cotton lining or other clothing that can trap moisture.