How to Avoid Bacterial Vaginosis

March 24th, 2008 by Jason Katzenback

Bacterial vaginosis is an inflammation in the vagina caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. There are several different types of natural bacteria that grow in the vagina, and when one of these bacteria begins to overgrow, it can cause symptoms such as a vaginal discharge that has a fish like odor and maybe milky white in color. Other symptoms can also include itching and burning in or near the vagina. Although it is known that majority of women can have this infection with no symptoms at all. This type of infection can affect 10%-64% of women at any given time in their life, but is most likely to occur during the child bearing age.

This type of infection is actually an inflammation of the vagina. It’s usually happens when the natural bacteria that lives in the vagina begins to over grow. There are a few different symptoms that can occur, such as a fish like odor which is more powerful after sexual intercourse, vaginal discharge that maybe milky white, yellow or even a gray color. Other symptoms can also include itchiness, burning when you urinate as well as the area in or around the vagina may also be tender to the touch. Often confused with a yeast infection as well as trichomoniasis, and it is most common in women during their child bearing age and is likely to affect 10%-64% of women in their lifetime.
It was noted that women who have this infection are pregnant and have a higher risk of delivering a premature baby, an infection of the amniotic fluid and infection of the uterus after childbirth. Screening and treatment is recommended for women who have a history of premature birth.

Learn more about bacterial vaginosis.

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