Bacterial Vaginosis

There are two problems with BV: (1) all the misinformation that’s out there and (2) the stigma, which is a result of all that misinformation - Melissa Ramos

Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis

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We need a cure for bacterial vaginosis, one of the great enigmas in women’s health

Few have heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV) although it’s a relatively common condition. It affects at least 12% of Australian women, 30% of American women and up to 50% in parts of Africa.

Symptoms include a watery, milky discharge and fishy odour coming from the vagina.

Women with BV are more likely to get sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and herpes – and to transmit or acquire HIV. They are more likely to develop pelvic inflammatory disease, a painful condition that can result in infertility.

Pregnant women with BV are more likely to suffer miscarriages and deliver premature and low birth-weight babies.


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 We need a cure for bacterial vaginosis, one of the great enigmas in women’s health

There are few conditions where doctors know that more than 50% of patients will be back with symptoms within six months. This characteristic of BV highlights the importance of finding the cause of high reinfection rates.

Fight Against Bacterial Vaginosis

Are you suffering from occasional or chronic vaginal infections that are interfering with your ability to live a full, normal and active life? Are you frustrated by the lack of information and support available for these types of conditions? If so, you are certainly not alone.

Fighting BV

I hope you find this blog useful in your fight against BV or Bacterial Vagenosis. I have just discovered that I have been batteling this for a few years now after being misdiagnosed by doctors. After searching the internet and talking to doctors I have decided to help others with what I guess is an unspoken diseas of sorts. I want to try to help all those who suffer from it with any information I have found free of charge.


BV is a polymicrobial clinical syndrome resulting from replacement of the normal hydrogen peroxide producing Lactobacillus sp. in the vagina with high concentrations of anaerobic bacteria (e.g., Prevotella sp. and Mobiluncus sp.), G. vaginalis, Ureaplasma, Mycoplasma, and numerous fastidious or uncultivated anaerobes. Some women experience transient vaginal microbial changes, whereas others experience them for longer intervals of time. Among women presenting for care, BV is the most prevalent cause of vaginal discharge or malodor.


Women in their reproductive years are most commonly affected by bacterial vaginosis, but any woman can experience the condition. Doctors don't know exactly why bacterial vaginosis develops, but certain activities, such as unprotected sexual intercourse or frequent douching, put you at higher risk of the condition.


Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal condition that can produce vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of certain kinds of bacteria in the vagina. In the past, the condition was called Gardnerella vaginitis, after the bacteria that were thought to cause the condition. However, the newer name, bacterial vaginosis, reflects the fact that there are a number of species of bacteria that naturally live in the vaginal area and may grow to excess.


Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common yet poorly understood condition in which the balance of bacteria inside the vagina becomes disrupted. BV does not usually cause any vaginal soreness or itching, but it often causes unusual vaginal discharge. If you have the condition, your discharge may: •develop a strong fishy smell, particularly after sexual intercourse •become a white or grey colour •become thin and watery


BV is a common condition of the vagina caused by an overgrowth of various germs (bacteria). It is not just one simple infection caused by one type of germ (bacterium). The vagina normally has a mix of bacteria, but in BV the balance changes. It is not clear why this happens. As a result, certain bacteria multiply and thrive much more than usual. Some bacteria become much more prominent than they normally are.

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