#1 – What is Bacterial Vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis is an ailment in which there is an excessive growth of bacteria in vagina disrupting its balance of bacteria. There is a vaginal discharge with a strong stench. The infection is most common in women aged between 15-44 years. Contrary to the notion, it is not a sexually transmitted infection. Bacterial vaginosis is not at all dangerous but can cause alarming symptoms.
#2 – What causes Bacterial Vaginosis?
When there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria which are usually found in a woman’s vagina, it results in bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial Vaginosis is not caused by poor hygiene. In fact, excessive washing of the vaginal area may transmute the normal balance of bacteria leading to the bacterial vaginosis. Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners and using douche as a method of contraception certainly disrupts the vaginal balance exposing women to develop higher risk of Bacterial Vaginosis.
#3 – What are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?
The main symptom of bacterial vaginosis is vaginal discharge. The discharge is usually grayish-white in color and emanates stinky smell. The smell could be more eminent during sexual intercourse. The discharge tends to be heavier after menses are over or post sex. The vaginal discharge, generally, does not cause itchiness or soreness around the vagina or vulva. Half of the women suffering from Bacterial vaginosis do not show any symptoms at all.
#4 – Is Bacterial Vaginosis Contagious?
Most of the women wonder if their partners could also get affected by the infection former bear, that is, whether vaginosis contagious or not. As aforementioned, there’s not even an iota of doubt that bacterial vaginosis is not a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). The infection, however, can be transmitted from one sexual partner to other while having intercourse. It has not been proven by medical science till date that if men succumb to Bacterial Vaginosis as well. Bacterial Vaginosis is, indeed, contagious and can be spread from one person to another during sex. It can also be said that sexually inactive women who have never had sex or abstain from it rarely get infected by this condition.
#5 – What is the Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis?
The infection sometimes does not show any symptoms, which is why there’s a high chance that Bacterial Vaginosis can be cleared without requiring any treatment. Disruption in vaginal balance can be remedied naturally. In fact, natural treatments are found to be more effective. Several women, after trying antibiotics have resorted to natural cures.