What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

March 18th, 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.

However, there are different ways to help prevent bacterial vaginosis. You can do things like: Wiping from front to back, no douching, keeping the vaginal area clean. Avoid wearing tight clothes, avoid scented or treated toilet paper that also includes scented feminine hygiene products and always remember to practice safe sex.

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