Table of Contents
- Bacterial vaginosis definition and facts
- What is bacterial vaginosis?
- What are signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
- Can you get bacterial vaginosis from a sexual partner?
- How common is bacterial vaginosis?
- What causes bacterial vaginosis?
- Is bacterial vaginosis contagious?
- Is there a test to diagnose bacterial vaginosis?
- What is the treatment or cure for bacterial vaginosis?
- What is the whiff test for bacterial vaginosis?
- What home remedies help soothe and treat bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
- What medications cure bacterial vaginosis?
- What kind of doctor treats bacterial vaginosis?
- Can bacterial vaginosis be prevented?
- What are the complications of bacterial vaginosis?
- What is the prognosis for a person with bacterial vaginosis?
What are signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
Many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common include:
- An abnormal amount of vaginal discharge
- The vaginal discharge is thin and grayish white.
- Vaginal odor (foul-smelling or unpleasant fishy odor)
- The vaginal discharge and odor are often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
- Pain with sexual intercourse or urination (rare symptoms).
Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, if present, can occur any time in the menstrual cycle, including before, during, or after the menstrual period. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.
Can you get bacterial vaginosis from a sexual partner?
The term "vaginosis" refers to a vaginal abnormality; therefore a male cannot "get" bacterial vaginosis. However, female sex partners of women with bacterial vaginosis may want to consider being evaluated because it can spread to female partners.
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