BV is the most common vaginal infection in childbearing women in the United States. It affects one of every five women of childbearing age. Women should get tested for the vaginal infection at some point during pregnancy. Your doctor will take several vaginal swabs for tests and examine one under a microscope. A normal vaginal swab contains clear, well-defined cells from the vaginal lining and the abundant large rod cells of Lacidophilus. In bacterial vaginosis, the cells have irregular borders and a dotted appearance. The pH level of your vagina may also be measured to detect bacterial vaginosis.
Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. It can easily recognized by a fish vaginal discharge. The odor results from the presence of amines, a byproduct of the anaerobic bacteria, and worsens with higher pH, such as after sexual intercourse. Some women with BV also reports no signs or symptoms at all.
Bacterial vaginosis is not considered as an STI sexually transmitted infection.
Antibiotic treatment plan for BV include metronidazole given orally or intravaginally for 7 days or clindamycin cream is used intravaginally at bedtime for 7 days. The drug of choice for non pregnant women would have to be metronidazole through the oral route. The pregnant women on the other hand should not be given metronidazole orally. Instead, they are given topical vaginal cream late in pregnancy. The most common mistake that people have is that they stop taking the medications when the signs and symptoms have subsided. This is a very terrible practice and should not be done by anyone on antibiotic therapy.
These days natural treatment for bacterial vaginosis are also very high in demand. Natural cures don’t have any side effects and they treat bacterial vaginosis permanently. BV reoccurs 65 percent of times when treated by antibiotics. It is because these antibiotics disturbs the natural proportion of bacteria present in vagina.
Following are the some tips for Bacterial Vaginosis Sufferers
- Use cotton panties instead of synthetic panties.
- Decrease the consumption of food that is rich in Yeast like bread, mushroom etc.
- Stop douching and excess washing of vagina. It disturbs the ph balance.
BV should be cured as soon as possible. Pregnant women should take extra care. Women who have experienced BV whilst pregnant, more often give birth to babies of lower birth weight or prematurely. There can be complications. BV also increases the susceptibilities to STD.