March 1, 2017

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis

How common is bacterial vaginosis?

  • Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition.
  • It is the most common vaginal complaint in women of childbearing age.
  • Studies have shown that approximately 29% of women in the U.S. are affected.
  • Bacterial vaginosis is found in about 25% of pregnant women in the U.S. and approximately 60% of women who have an STD.

Is bacterial vaginosis an STD or yeast infection?

  • Bacterial vaginosis is not the same thing as an STD or yeast infection.
  • Bacterial vaginosis is not dangerous, but it can cause disturbing symptoms.
  • Any woman with an unusual discharge should be evaluated so that more serious infections such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be excluded.
  • Symptoms may also mimic those found in yeast infections of the vagina and trichomoniasis (an STD), and these conditions must also be excluded in women with vaginal symptoms.

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Reviewed on 10/25/2016
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