Bacterial Vaginosis Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is bacterial vaginosis?

The human vagina in a healthy state contains several types of bacteria. When the balance of bacteria is disrupted, some types can overgrow and cause symptoms. Common triggers are vaginal washing, sexual intercourse, or use of an Intrauterine Device

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis

  • Increased vaginal discharge that is smelly

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bacterial vaginosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose bacterial vaginosis

  • Does the vaginal discharge smell worse recently?

Treatment for bacterial vaginosis

Antibiotics cream or tablets may be given to treat the bacterial overgrowth.

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