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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection and can cause pregnancy complications such as infection in the Amniotic fluid or premature rupture of the Membranes. It is thought around 1 in 3 women will be affected in their lifetime.

This infection affects around 20% of women in their childbearing years. This occurs when the balance of bacteria is changed. Your Vagina contains a balance of healthy Bacteria and dangerous Bacteria. The good Bacteria are called lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Supplements are available to increase these friendly bacteria in the gut.

We are still not able to determine the exact causes of Bacterial Vaginosis but the following are thought to be factors:

  • Having an STD
  • Douching
  • Multiple Sex Partners

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Unpleasant Odour
  • Itching
  • Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
  • Burning Sensations
To make a diagnosis a Speculum examination and then swabs should be taken from high in the vigina.

Untreated this Bacterial Vaginosis can lead to increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted which includes HIV.

What treatments are available for Bacterial Vaginosis?

Antibiotics are used either orally or vaginally. Either Metronidazole or Clindamycin can be used, with Metronidazole the most common. Treatment for your sexual partner is not necessary. Reoccurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis is common even after Antibiotics are used.

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