Hello every one i am looking for solution of bacterial vaginosis,any body can explain in detail and what is reason behind that?
Answered by: Maria/MD Health Forum.com Team
Bacterial vaginosis a common condition in women which is thought to be caused by overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina. This may occur throughout the menstrual cycle. Predominant symptoms include grey to yellowish white vaginal discharge and foul-smelling ‘fishy’ vaginal odor particularly noticeable after sexual intercourse. Some women may also experience vaginal itching or irritation, discomfort during urination, pain during intercourse, and light vaginal bleeding. In most cases, women with bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms.
The factors that are known to increase a woman’s risk of have developing bacterial vaginosis include: multiple sexual partners, use of intrauterine devices for contraception, recent antibiotic use, vaginal douching, and lack of lactobacilli bacteria which help prevent overgrowth of harmful organisms in the vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis has been linked to a number of other health problems. It is thought contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease, damage to the fallopian tubes which can cause infertility, and increased risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases. Pregnant women who have bacterial vaginosis may be at a higher risk of pregnancy compiications such as miscarriage, pre-term labor and post partum endometriosis-irritation or inflammation of the uterus after giving birth.
Bacterial vaginosis may gradually resolve without treatment particularly if the symptoms are mild, but to avoid complications, drug treatment is recommended. Bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotics such as metronidazole or clindamycin. They are available as pills, vaginal suppositories and creams. Medications should be used as prescribed by the doctor. Poor compliance with the antibiotic treatment such as discontinuing too early may increase the likelihood of recurrence.
The doctor will let you know about any restrictions needed while on medication. With metronidazole, for example, patients are advised against taking alcohol. Other medications may weaken condoms and diaphragms.
Tis blog entry is for your general information only. I recommend that you discuss your concerns with your doctor.
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