Are there any self-help remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis, available without a prescription?

You can overcome Bacterial Vaginosis without resorting to antibiotics if you take steps to restore the natural acidity of vaginal secretions, replenish friendly Lactobacillus bacteria, and correct any vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can reduce immunity – especially low vitamin D levels which are associated with Bacterial Vaginosis. The first step is to restore the […]

What are the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Most women (50-75%) do not experience symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis, but when they do they typically have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray and it can be thin. Women with Bacterial Vaginosis may also have […]

How Common is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis affects at least 1 in 3 adult women at some point in their lives. Worldwide, between 10% and 50% of women are affected in different countries at any one time, making it the most frequently occurring vaginal condition in women. As well as affecting women of childbearing age, it is also common after […]

What is the difference between Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast infections?

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 […]

What Is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance in the bacteria normally found within the vagina so that levels of beneficial, lactic-acid producing probiotic bacteria (Lactobacilli) are reduced or absent, and there is an overgrowth of smelly bacteria (such as Gardnerella and Bacteroides) which are usually only present in small numbers. These ‘smelly’ anaerobic bacteria thrive in the […]

What are vaginal infections?

Vaginitis (or vaginal infections) is a medical term used to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain. The most common types of vaginitis are Yeast infections and Bacterial Vaginosis. Approximately 50% of all vaginal infections are classified as bacterial vaginosis, while only about […]

What causes unpleasant vaginal odor?

An unpleasant vaginal odor usually results from a pH imbalance which has allowed for the flourishing of odor-causing micro-organisms in the vagina. The optimal range of vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5 (acidic), and when imbalanced, the pH can increase and become more alkaline (less acidic), allowing unfriendly bacterial to proliferate. Vaginal odor may be […]

What is vaginal odor?

All women experience some degree of natural vaginal odor. This scent will vary by person and may be described as sweet or musky. It may also smell metallic near your period or bleach-like following sexual intercourse. These scents are normal and can vary depending on diet, exercise, and hormone fluctuations. There is no need to […]