Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms And Treatment Options
There aren’t too many bacterial vaginosis symptoms to make you worry something bad might have happened to you. In fact, bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection caused by bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. It may go away without treatment in a matter of days, but some women feel bothered by the vaginal discharge, so they schedule a consultation with their doctor.
There aren’t any known causes of bacterial vaginosis, but a few risk factors have been determined. You have an increased risk of getting the infection if you have multiple sex partners, if you smoke and if you douche. The infection is a matter of the bacteria in the vagina getting out of balance. It cannot be taken from another person.
Since a smelly discharge is one of the main bacterial vaginosis symptoms, it is not a bad idea to see a doctor if you have this discharge. This is important in order to rule out some sexually transmitted diseases which share this symptom and which require correct treatment in order to avoid becoming really severe. It is possible that bacterial vaginosis is discovered during a Pap test, but that’s rather unusual and it shouldn’t be a test for this infection per se.
Another possible symptom is vaginal irritation or pain, but only a very small percentage of women get these symptoms.
The diagnosis is done by asking about the symptoms, by doing a pelvic exam and by analyzing a sample of the discharge. This vaginal discharge is usually grayish white in case of bacterial vaginosis, but there are situations in which it is rather yellowish.
Another characteristic that help in diagnosing the infection is the strong fishy odor of this discharge. The smell intensifies after intercourse, thus making the woman consider asking for medical advice.
If you go to get tested, you should keep in mind that the accuracy of the test will be ruined if you have intercourse or use douche or vaginal medication for 24 hours before the test. If you forget, it’s better to postpone the test rather than lie to the doctors, as you are not going to get a correct diagnosis of your affection. You risk of getting treated for something you don’t suffer from.
It’s good to know that in case of pregnant women, bacterial vaginosis increases chances of miscarriage, early delivery or post delivery infections. This is why it is very important to get tested if you are pregnant and you notice the abnormal discharge smelling like fish.
It is a common practice for the doctors to prescribe antibiotics in order to eliminate bacterial vaginosis symptoms and heal the infection. These antibiotics can be in the form of pills you need to swallow or capsules you need to insert in your vagina. If you went to the doctor and you got treatment, it’s necessary to follow it for as long as the doctor said, even if the symptoms fade away and disappear within two or three days.
You can also try some all natural home remedies at home, such as those you will find inside the 3 Days To Permanent Bacterial Vaginosis Relief guide or the Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom book, instead of going to a doctor since these remedies are 100% natural, safe and proven to be effective.
I hope that you learned something new about the different bacterial vaginosis symptoms in this post. For more info about known symptoms and different treatments you can check the video below…
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