Things To Know About Bacterial Vaginosis


An excessive amount of a type of bacteria in your vagina can lead to the common vaginal illness known as bacterial vaginosis (BV). It can increase your risk for many other health issues if left untreated. Experts in our free womens clinic share the things that you should know about bacterial vaginosis. 

Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis 

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis may not always be present. However, if it does, they can consist of:

  • Vaginal ache, burning, or itching
  • White or gray vaginal discharge  
  • A burning feeling while urinating
  • Abdominal pain

Similar symptoms can be seen in other conditions. In order to confirm that this is the cause of your symptoms, visit your doctor and get tested for BV.

Treatment Of Bacterial Vaginosis 

If you have any symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, you should visit an affordable health clinic in your area. To treat the infection, your doctor will probably advise you to take an antibiotic (a tablet, gel, or lotion). These could consist of:

Clindamycin: A lotion called clindamycin is applied to the vagina. Cleocin and Clindesse are the brand names used for its sales.

Metronidazole: It is a medication that can be taken either orally or applied vaginally as a gel. This drug is offered for sale under the trade names Flagyl and Metrogel-Vaginal.

Secnidazole: This is a medication that you can buy and only take once. It is offered for sale under the Solosec brand. 

Tinidazole: This is a medication that you take by pill. Tindamax is the trade name used to market it.

It’s critical to take your medication for the whole recommended duration by your doctor. If you stop taking it too soon, there’s a chance that your BV will return.

What If The Infection Returns? 

It is common for bacterial vaginosis to return within a year. If that occurs, discuss possible therapies with your doctor. They could suggest metronidazole for prolonged use.

Can Probiotics Be Used To Treat Bacterial Vaginosis? 

You may have thought of taking these beneficial bacteria as a means of preserving a balanced population of bacteria in your vagina. At least seven different species of bacteria grow in the vagina. One of them is lactobacillus. Lactobacillus, which is present in yogurt and acidophilus milk, is associated with BV. Consuming foods containing lactobacillus may be advantageous, according to certain studies, although more analysis is required.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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