In the female’s vaginal area, good and bad bacteria both exist. When either one gets disrupted and upset, bacterial vaginosis can happen. This is a type of infection. Symptoms may be felt or not. If no symptoms exist, no treatment is needed.
Lactobacillus bacteria ensure that the vagina is slightly acidic in nature to disable to bad bacteria to live. When the level of lactobacillus decreases, bacterial vaginosis or BV can happen as more bad bacteria will thrive in there.
Risk factors to develop BV:
– Douching: The use of scented soaps, vaginal deodorants, and bubble baths can upset the natural balance of bacteria.
– Sexual contacts. The constant change of sex partners or contacts with more than one partners can increase the risk of BV.
Not all infected women show symptoms but when they do, it can be the following:
– Burning sensation during urination
– Discharge: Thin white, gray or greenish
– Fishy smell vagina that can be stronger after intercourse
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