Bacterial Vaginosis

Authored by Dr Mary Harding, 30 Sep 2014

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Dr Hannah Gronow, 30 Sep 2014

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of normal germs (bacteria) in the vagina, causing a characteristic smelly discharge.

Having a discharge from your vagina can be embarrassing. However, it's a very common symptom, and most of the time it doesn't mean you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). In women of menstruating age, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of a vaginal discharge.

Normally, we have a healthy and harmonious mix of germs (bacteria) in our bodies. In bacterial vaginosis (BV), the balance gets upset, and one type of bacteria in the vagina (called anaerobic bacteria) multiplies, whilst another type (called lactobacilli) dies off. This messes with the normal acid balance in the vagina. So generally speaking, you don't "catch" BV.

Further reading and references

So i postes earlier that a cough syrup (duro-tuss linctus) eliminated my bv. Ladies my bv came back...i have been taking coconut oil, one spoon twice a day and coconut vaginal douche twice a day...

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