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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.

Reviewed on 10/25/2016
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