What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) ?

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Strong vaginal odors are frequently a sign of Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infections and results from an imbalance in the natural flora of your vagina and a change in its pH. More specifically, Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition that occurs when the protective peroxide-producing lactobacilli (good bacteria) of the vagina is eliminated, permitting an overgrowth of anaerobes (unfriendly bacteria) and other “un-friendly” pathogens, such as Gardnerella vaginalis and Mycoplasma hominis.

“Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginitis with approximately 50% of all vaginal infections classified as bacterial vaginosis, while only 25% are classified as yeast infections.”

BV symptoms include an abnormal vaginal discharge which can be thin, white or grey in appearance and has a distinct, unpleasant fishy odor. This discharge may sometimes be confused with other vaginal infections such as yeast infections. In fact, as the symptoms of both yeast infections and Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) can be very similar, 2 out of 3 women frequently misdiagnose their symptoms and use the wrong treatment. One major recognizable difference between Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast infections is the bothersome unpleasant “fishy” odor associated with BV, especially after having sex.
Bacterial Vaginosis usually isn’t dangerous, and at least half of women who develop BV don’t even experience noticeable symptoms. But when the symptoms do become noticeable, they can be really unpleasant. A few of the signature symptoms include:

  • A “fishy” odor that becomes stronger during your period or after sex
  • Thin yellow, white, gray or even greenish discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Burning sensation with urination
  • Vaginal Discomfort

“Covering up the problem with sprays, gels, washes, or perfumed soaps won’t help and may actually make things worse. The only real solution to vaginal odor is to restore and maintain your body’s delicate balance.”