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Bacterial Vaginosis – A Common Cause Of Vaginal Smell

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Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of healthy bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women of any age. The cause isn’t completely understood, but certain activities, such as unprotected sex or frequent douching, increase your risk.
Bacterial vaginosis is not dangerous, but it can cause disturbing symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis is not the same thing as an STD or yeast infection. But having sex with a new partner, or multiple partners may increase your risk for Bacterial vaginosis. And sex sometimes leads to Bacterial vaginosis if your partner’s natural genital chemistry changes the balance in your vagina and causes bacteria to grow. Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment
The reason why isn’t clear, but women who have female partners are most at risk. You can also get Bacterial vaginosis from oral and anal sex.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU MAY HAVE BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS?
Around half of all women with Bacterial vaginosis show no symptoms. But if you do, you could notice :
·         Thin white, gray, or green discharge
·         Burning feeling when you pee
·         Fishy smell that gets stronger after sex
·         itching around the outside of the vagina
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T TREAT BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS?
Bacterial vaginosis alone is not considered harmful, but complications can arise. Complications that have been linked to Bacterial vaginosis include a higher risk of:
·         HIV infection, as Bacterial vaginosis increases susceptibility to the virus (HIV Testing is available in our clinic)
·         Sexually Transmitted Infections, such as the herpes simplex virus, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and human papillomavirus (HPV)
·         post-surgical infection, for example, after a termination or a hysterectomy
Possible complications of Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy include:
·         early, or preterm, delivery
·         loss of pregnancy
·         the amniotic sac breaking open too early
·         postpartum endometritis, an irritation or inflammation of the lining of the uterus after delivery
·         tubal factor infertility, caused by damage to the fallopian tubes, which connect the ovaries to the uterus
·         chorioamnionitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the fetus, known as the chorion and the amnion.
Chorioamnionitis significantly increases the chance of an early delivery. If the newborn survives, they have a higher risk of cerebral palsy. Best health screening package in Malaysia
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be less likely to succeed if a woman has Bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis also increases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection and inflammation of the upper female genital tract that can have severe consequences, including infertility.
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