Bacterial Vaginosis – Smelly Vaginal Discharge

What exactly is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is a moderate infection of the vagina brought on by bacteria. Generally, there are plenty of “beneficial” bacteria plus some “bad” bacterias within the vagina. Good types help manage the development of the undesirable types. In women with bacterial vaginosis infection, the harmony is no longer present. There are way too many bad bacterias compared to amount of good ones.

Bacterial vaginosis is usually a minor problem that may vanish or heal by itself within several days. However, it  has potential to cause far more threatening problems. That’s why it’s always preferred to see a doctor for certainty.

Causes of bacterial vaginosis:

Health professionals are unsure on what causes the bacteria in the vagina to become unbalanced. Several key factors may determine the higher chance of getting bacterial vaginosis:

1) Smoking
2) Having several sexual partners
3) Frequent vaginal irrigation with unclean water

Therefore, limiting or preventing such factors may prevent or minimize the chance of getting bacterial vaginosis.

Bacterial vaginosis occurs frequently in women with active sexual lifestyle but in most cases this is not something one can get transferred from a partner.

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis:

One of the common symptoms can be smelly vaginal discharge. Its color is usually yellow or white-gray.  Positive sign of bacterial vaginosis is a nasty smell similar to rotten fish, and is more pronounced after intercourse. 50% of women do not notice any symptoms at all.

However,  vaginal discharge can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STD), so it’s always recommended to visit a health professional who will diagnose the exact cause of the problem.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis

What problems can bacterial vaginosis cause?

Bacterial vaginosis, for the most part, does not cause major health problems by itself, however, it may lead or become precursor  to several major health risks:

For pregnant women it may increase the chance of miscarriage, provoke early labor, and worsen uterus infection after giving birth.

The chance of getting pelvic infection is increased.

Risk of getting HIV and other similar STDs is increased as well.

It is of utmost importance to address the issue of bacterial infections asap.


Health professionals generally treat the bacterial vaginosis with antibiotics. Such antibiotics usually are in the forms of pill, capsules, or a cream that is inserted into vagina. Pregnant women take pills.

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