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About Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a disorder characterized by an offensive vaginal discharge.

► Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal discharge among women of childbearing age.

► Though the cause of this condition is not clear, it is thought to occur when there is a disturbance in the growth of the normal vaginal bacterial flora resulting in replacement of normal 'good bacteria' by 'harmful bacteria'.

► Normally the 'good bacteria' is called "Lactobacilli".

► These in vaginosis is replaced by a variety of bacteria like
1. Gardnerella vaginalis
2. Bacteroides, Mobiluncus
3. Mycoplasma hominis

► Infection can spread from the rectum lining to colic lining into vagina.

► These harmful organisms produce amines (poly & trimethyl) that are responsible for the fishy smell.

► This condition is called vaginosis rather than vaginitis as there is no vaginal inflammation.

1. The vaginal pH is raised (from 4.5 to levels above 6-7)

► As it is not a sexually transmitted infection there is no benefit from treating the male partners.

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Upon entering the Menopause stage, I found myself with reoccuring Bacterial Vaginosis. I took antibotics for over a years off and on and it still came back. Then I remembered that years ago a doctor recommended Betidine douche for a bacterial infection. I HIGHLY recommend you try it.

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