5 Tested Treatments For Bacterial Vaginosis

   

Dr. Sam Bailey

 

Published on Jun 23, 2019

What causes bacterial vaginosis (BV), what are the symptoms and best Bacterial Vaginosis treatments?

WHAT IS BV?
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of normal bacteria that live in the vagina. By and large, BV is caused by an overgrowth of Gardnerella bacteria. It is a common problem affecting one in three women in their lifetime.

WHAT CAUSES BV?
You are more likely to get BV:
• If you are sexually active.
• If you have recently changed your sexual partner.
• If you have a past history of STDs.
• If you smoke.
• If you have a copper IUD.
• If you use bubble bath.
• If you have prolonged or heavy periods.
• Following hormonal changes eg puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
• After antibiotics.
Other conditions which increase the risk of BV include:
• Use of sex toys.
• Vaginal douching
• Use of perfumed lubricants during intercourse.
• Wearing thongs or nylon tights for long periods.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BV?
• Excessive grey/white vaginal discharge
• Fishy smelling discharge, which is worse during sex
• Half of women with BV have no symptoms

TREATMENTS:
BV is treated with oral antibiotics in pregnant women, or women who have symptoms or are undergoing gynaecological procedures.
A doctor can prescribe antibiotics such as Metronidazole or Ornidazole tablets.

PREVENTING BV:
- Do not push water into your vagina to clean it (douching).
- Do not add bath oils, antiseptics, scented soaps, perfumed bubble bath, shampoos, etc, to bath water.
- Do not use strong detergents to wash your underwear.
- Wash around your vagina and vulva once daily using gentle soaps and water.
- Don't use perfumed 'intimate hygiene' products.
- Using a condom and/or a water-based lubricant during intercourse may help.
- Avoid using sex toys inside the vagina.
- Avoid thongs and tight nylon tights.
- Have showers rather than baths.

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