What is the difference between Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast infections?

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Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal infections and is about twice as common as Yeast infections. Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, such as Gardnerella or Prevotella bivia, whereas, Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida.

As the symptoms of both Yeast infections and Bacterial Vaginosis 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 a Yeast infection is the bothersome unpleasant “fishy” odor associated with Bacterial Vaginosis, especially after having sex.