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What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

What causes it and how can you get rid of it for good? I treat it and it goes away for a month and then comes right back. I don't know how to get rid of it for good. Anyone have any ideas?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infection (vaginitis). The commonest symptom of Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell. However, half of all women with Bacterial vaginosis don鈥檛 notice any symptoms.

Most cases of bacterial vaginosis occur in sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 44, especially after contact with a new partner.

Condoms do not appear to provide protection, but use of spermicides increases Bacterial vaginosis risk somewhat.

Bacterial vaginosis does not usually affect women after menopause.

Bacterial vaginosis can be cured by antibiotics.
How do People get Bacterial Vaginosis?
The cause of BV is not fully understood. BV is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer "harmful" bacteria. BV develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.

Not much is known about how women get BV. There are many unanswered questions about the role that harmful bacteria play in causing BV. Any woman can get BV. However, some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including:

Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners,
Douching, and
Using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception.
It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women that have never had sexual intercourse are rarely affected.
Flagyl will take of the problem... You can get this from your sexual partner...it is considered an STD but really isnt..... Go to the doc and ask for some flagyl....good luck...Oh yeah increase your h20 intake as well
it is a bacterial infection of the vagina.
Its god's punishment for sleeping around. You have to see a doctor about it.
This is a common problem for some women. It is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria that are not naturally occurring in the vagina. They can be introduced by sexual activity, unsanitary personal hygiene habits, and wiping from back to front. You should go to the doctor and get cultured to make sure it is bacterial and not fungal. Your MD will prescribe either an antibiotic or anti fungal medication. If it is bacterial and you are having unprotected sex your partner could be reinfecting you, and he should be treated as well. You want to wipe and wash from front to back so as to prevent fecal material from entering the vagina. You may also need to acidify your body by eating yogurt and drinking more H2O and cranberry juice. Do not douche. This can move the infection further up into your pelvis and cause more problems. You should also avoid using tampons until you have had a few clear months as they may contribute to the problem. Birth control pills can also contribute. If you are using latex condoms switch to non latex vinyl. Some women are sensitive to latex. If you are using spermicide stop until the infection is gone. You can reintroduce these things later and see if they were the cause of the problem. For now wear cotton undies and not so tight pants, and see the Doctor as soon as possible.
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