Bacterial vaginosis is vaginal condition that can produce vaginal dischargeand results from an overgrowth of normal bacteria in the vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis is vaginal condition that can produce vaginal dischargeand results from an overgrowth of normal bacteria in the vagina. There are a number of species of bacteria that naturally live in the vaginal area and may grow to excess. When these multiple species of bacteria become imbalanced, a woman can have a vaginal discharge with a foul odor.
• Bacterial vaginosis is not dangerous, but it can cause disturbing symptoms. Any woman with an unusual discharge should be evaluated so that more serious infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be excluded. Symptoms may also mimic those found in yeast infections of the vagina and trichomoniasis (a sexually-transmitted infection), and these conditions must also be excluded in women with vaginal symptoms.
• Treatment for bacterial vaginosis consists of antibiotics.
• Recurrence of bacterial vaginosis is possible even after successful treatment. More than half of those treated experience recurrent symptoms within 12 months. It is unclear why so many recurrent infections develop. With recurrent symptoms, a second course of antibiotics is generally prescribed.