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Bacterial Vaginosis The Other Vaginitis

Sep 6, 2008
Women assume yeast infections are the most common vaginial infection. Yeast infection is also called thrush, candida, or monilial infection. It is the second most common type of vaginitis.

Bacteria is the cause of 45% of all vaginal infections. The name of this type of vaginitis is bacterial vaginosis.

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina caused by bacteria. Now a woman's vagina normally has bacteria in it. The normal bacteria protect the vagina from yeast and bacterial infection. The helpful bacteria are called lactobacillus. The lactobacillus helps as part of its job to maintain the pH of the vagina.

Sometimes the lactobacillus is overwhelmed. When this happens the harmful bacteria takes over and grows. No one knows exactly why or how the happens.

The vaginal discharge in bacterial vaginosis is said to have a 'fishy' odor. The color varies from woman to woman but can be clear, grey or milky. The vaginal dischage can be thick or thin.

Why Be Concerned About Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy can cause:

Babies whose birth weight is less than 5 pounds

Early delivery

'Water breaking' earlier

Medical studies have shown bacterial vaginosis in the first trimester can double the incidence of miscarriage in the second trimester

According to medical studies bacterial vaginosis in the first trimester of pregnancy can double the rate of miscarriages in the second trimester.

Tests and Treatment Of Bacterial Vaginosis

The healthcare provider will look at a slide of the discharge under the microscope. A drop of saline is placed on the slide. The discharge clumps up revealing clue cells. Clue cells get their name in providing a clue to the health care provider. This type of test is called a wet smear.

Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for bacterial vaginosis. OTC products cannot claim at this time to providing treatment for active bacterial vaginosis. So call your health care provider for treatment.

Unfortunately bacterial vaginosis reoccurs frequently. To make it occur less frequent you may want to consider a natural plan of treatment combined with medical treatment.
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