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Bacterial Vaginosis Infection

Amongst women, bacterial vaginosis infection is the most common disease of the vagina, and is usually identified with a very unpleasant, odor, which is sometimes described a fishy odor, unfortunately also the subject of many jokes, probably because the incidence of infection can be a high as 60% of all women.

Bacterial vaginosis infections are caused by an imbalance or excess of anaerobic bacteria of the lactobacillus family in combination with abnormal vaginal yeasts, the Gardnerella vaginalis and Candida albicans. In a healthy woman all of these organisms are present and cause no harm, they are actually quite beneficial, but when an imbalance occurs the effects can be quite unpleasant.

Bacterial Vaginosis

There is some debate about whether bacterial vaginosis infections are a form of sexually transmitted disease, given that an imbalance is evident in all cases, many medical experts believe bacterial vaginosis should not be considered an STD, especially given the social stigma of being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.

The arguments for describing bacterial vaginosis as an STD hinge on anecdotal evidence that suggests women who have three or more males sexual partners in the previous twelve months are more susceptible, and so too are women whose partners do not use condoms. A higher percentage of women have been diagnosed with this infection after starting a new relationship and without using adequate protection giving ammunition to the argument.

In contrast, many bacterial infection researchers believe that vaginosis is not an STD because the bacteria and yeasts that cause the illness are in fact always present, and whilst some of the yeasts (Gardnerella) are also present in the male reproductive organs this is not sufficiently good evidence. Also, in laboratory inspired tests, healthy women given the Gardnerella yeast from a woman with Vaginosis do not automatically contract the illness. Women who are virgins, and proveably so, have also been known to contract the infection.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis infection include excessive vaginal discharge that can be gray or white in color, and is described as sticky, often with an unpleasant fishy or very musty odor, and is often noticed more proceeding intercourse or masturbation. Related symptoms include intense vaginal itching and some women may experience abdominal pain as well.

Due to it’s similarity with other vaginal illnesses such as thrush or Trichomoniasis proper diagnosis is required, which involves taking a swab sample from deep inside the vagina, and sending it away for analysis, and with all bacterial infections an improper diagnosis and subsequent incorrect treatment can lead to complications. Many women incorrectly assume thrush or gonorrhea and will self-medicate with over the counter ointments or creams without first seeking medical advice.

The treatments for bacterial vaginosis infection essentially operate to reduce the numbers of bacteria and flush out excess yeasts from the vagina. Most women will be prescribed a topical ointment to be used over several days, probably at night or when the patient is sleeping, and when the least amount of urination would be expected. In more serious cases doctors may prescribe antibiotic medication.

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