Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
September 23, 2011
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial vaginal infection that is common during pregnancy.
It occurs when there is an increase in harmful bacteria in the vagina.
Douching and having multiple sex partners increases the risk of BV.
What are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) causes abnormal vaginal discharge which has a foul odor. Some women complain of a fishy odor. Discharge is generally white or gray, and may be accompanied by burning during urination and/or itching around the vagina.
Many women with BV have no symptoms at all.
Is Bacterial Vaginosis Dangerous?
BV can cause pregnant women to have babies which are born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
BV can also spread to the uterus or fallopian tubes. When this occurs, it is known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
How is Bacterial Vaginosis Diagnosed and Treated?
BV can be diagnosed through your healthcare provider by taking a culture of vaginal fluid.
It can be treated with the antibiotics metronidazole or clindamycin.