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Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) occurs when normal vaginal bacteria increases due to a number of reasons that include douching, antibiotics, or a pH imbalance. In many cases, the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis can get easily mistaken for a yeast infection. Once diagnosed, BV should be treated correctly or it can become a recurring problem that could lead to complications especially in pregnant women. To learn more about Bacterial Vaginosis and how to treat this condition, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis and is it curable?

While certain medical professionals consider Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) to be an infection, others simply look at it as an imbalance of a woman's vaginal bacteria. Whichever way you look at the condition, it is important to get a good gynecologist to diagnose BV correctly by doing the right tests. One of these include testing for a grey tinted discharge with a fishy smell. While BV has many causes, in most cases, it is brought about by sexual intercourse. For this reason, it is important for both parties to seek medical treatment in order to end the recurrence of this condition. Although BV can be a difficult condition to eliminate, it can generally be cured after a few doses of the antibiotic called Flagyl.

How can you get rid of recurring Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) typically occurs when vaginal bacteria called Gardnerella starts growing in excess within the body. In many cases, women have recurring bouts of BV due to a change in the vaginal pH levels that is brought about by a period, intercourse or sometimes, without a specific cause. Many women use AZO Yeast to prevent bouts of BV. AZO prevents BV by replacing the bacteria that is generally found in the vagina to regulate pH levels. This generally prevents the overgrowth of Gardnerella. Another option to help BV is RepHresh which is designed to maintain vaginal pH levels. These products are available in most pharmacies and, when used on a regular basis, can assist in the prevention of BV.

What damage can Bacterial Vaginosis cause if left untreated?

Bacterial Vaginosis has the potential of leading to certain problems as described below. 1) In some cases, pregnant women who have Bacterial Vaginosis have been known to experience premature birth and/or deliver babies who have low birth weight. 2) Bacterial Vaginosis has been known to increase a woman's chances of getting sexually transmitted infections/diseases like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and HIV. Furthermore, women who have BV have an increased risk of passing this virus onto their sex partner. 3) A woman who has Bacterial Vaginosis has an increased rate of getting post-surgical infections after gynecologic surgery such as a hysterectomy or a D&C.

Can a man transfer Bacterial Vaginosis if he is sleeping with two women and one woman has BV?

Bacterial Vaginosis occurs when certain bacteria which is found in the vagina increases. All women have various levels of bacteria in the vagina which means BV isn't transmitted through sexual intercourse from women who happen to have sex with the same man. The usual cause for reoccurring bacterial vaginosis is a change in vaginal pH levels which encourages the over growth of bacteria. Many times women who have reoccurrences of bacterial vaginosis can treat the issue by using RepHresh gel. Generally the woman will use this product is every 3 days until symptoms are no longer present, after sexual intercourse, and after her period.

Is it possible for Bacterial Vaginosis to be unresponsive to antibiotics?

This doesn’t necessarily indicate that it is unresponsive but that the pH levels need to be balanced in the vagina. This could sometimes take months or even years. Generally, the best approach to treatment is to use a pH balancer to maintain a normal pH level. Probiotics such as RepHresh PRO B usually work well when used daily. Bacterial Vaginosis affects many women and while this vaginal pH imbalance doesn't always create serious issues, it can be an uncomfortable experience. However, it should be treated on time to avoid complications later on. If you have any questions or concerns about BV, ask an Expert now for medical insight and suggestions on treatment based on your specific case.

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