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Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a common type of bacterial overgrowth that leads to vaginal discharge and odor. Up to 1/3 of all women will develop bacterial vaginosis at some point. Bacterial vaginosis is often asymptomatic in many women. Left untreated, bacterial vaginosis has been associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, premature birth and miscarriage, and increased HIV risk.

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What is bacterial vaginosis?

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Bacterial vaginosis is a common type of bacterial overgrowth that leads to vaginal discharge and odor. Up to 1/3 of all women will develop bacterial vaginosis at some point. Bacterial vaginosis is...

What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

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Approximately 50% of women have no symptoms from bacterial vaginosis. For women with symptoms, the leading symptom is vaginal discharge that can be clear, ...

What are the causes of bacterial vaginosis?

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Normal bacteria that are found in the vagina grow in a low pH (acidic) environment. When the vaginal pH level is disrupted, other harmful types of bacteria ...

What are risks factors for bacterial vaginosis?

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Several risk factors for bacterial vaginosis have been identified...

Diagnosing bacterial vaginosis

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A physical examination is often an unreliable method of diagnosis because most women with bacterial vaginosis are asymptomatic. Laboratory testing is the...

What are the treatments for bacterial vaginosis?

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The recommended treatment for bacterial vaginosis involves prescription antibiotics, metronidazole or clindamycin. These medications can be taken orally or b...

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