Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Published on, 12 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I have been dealing with recurrent bacterial vaginosis. What can I do to prevent it from coming back?



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Bacterial Vaginosis: Understanding the Condition

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection resulting from an imbalance of normal vaginal bacteria.

Causes: BV occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted, allowing harmful bacteria to grow.

Symptoms: Common symptoms include vaginal discharge, often with a fishy odor, and sometimes itching or burning during urination.


Treatment and Prevention of Bacterial Vaginosis:

Antibiotics: Treatment typically involves antibiotics, such as metronidazole or clindamycin, to restore the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

Hygiene Practices: Maintaining good hygiene, including avoiding douching and using gentle, unscented soaps, can help prevent BV.

Breathable Underwear: Wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight-fitting clothing can help prevent the recurrence of BV.

Regular Check-ups: Regular gynecological check-ups can help detect and treat BV early, reducing the risk of recurrence.




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