Table of Contents
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV) facts
- What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
- What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)? (Continued)
- What causes bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
- Is bacterial vaginosis (BV) contagious?
- Can you get bacterial vaginosis (BV) from a sexual partner?
- What are symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
- What kind of doctor treats bacterial vaginosis?
- How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
- What is the whiff test for bacterial vaginosis?
- What is the treatment or cure for bacterial vaginosis?
- What medications cure bacterial vaginosis?
- What home remedies help soothe and treat bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
- Can bacterial vaginosis be prevented?
- What are the complications of bacterial vaginosis?
- What is the prognosis for a person with bacterial vaginosis?
What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) also is referred to as nonspecific vaginitis, is a vaginal condition that can produce vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of certain kinds of bacteria in the vagina. In the past, the condition was called Gardnerella vaginitis, after the bacteria that were thought to cause the condition. However, the newer name, bacterial vaginosis, reflects the fact that there are a number of species of bacteria that naturally live in the vaginal area and may grow to excess, rather than a true infection with foreign bacteria, such as occurs with many sexually-transmitted disease (STDs). The Gardnerella organism is not the sole type of bacteria causing the symptoms. Other kinds of bacteria that can be involved in bacterial vaginosis are Lactobacillus, Bacteroides, Peptostreptococcus, Fusobacterium, Eubacterium, as well as a number of other types. When these multiple species of bacteria that normally reside in the vagina become unbalanced, a woman can have a vaginal discharge with a foul odor.