Bacterial Vaginosis - Symptoms

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Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Nov 30, 2019
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Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms (In particular)

The main symptom of Bacterial Vaginosis is an abnormal, foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

  • Some women describe it as a fish-like or a musty odour that is most noticeable after having sex.
  • Itching in and around the vagina.
  • Majority of the women with signs of bacterial vaginosis, however, have no symptoms.
Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

Other symptoms may include:

  1. A homogenous, greyish white, sticky discharge from the vagina
  2. Pain during urination
  3. There is an increased risk of premature labor in pregnant women.
  4. There is an increased risk of bacterial vaginosis after menopause as there is associated diabetes.(2)

References:

  1. The Etiology of Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3072448/)
  2. What is Bacterial Vaginosis? - (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184622.php)
  3. Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.ijcmas.com/vol-4-6/Anahita%20Bhesania%20Hodiwala%20and%20Anuradha%20Koli.pdf)
  4. Bacterial Vaginosis - CDC Fact Sheet - (https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm)
  5. Bacterial Vaginosis as a Mixed Infection - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2495/)
  6. Overview of Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352279)
  7. What You Need To Know About Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) - (https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/what-is-bacterial-vaginosis#2)

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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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