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Bacterial Vaginosis By Tiffany Lease Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning. The exact cause of BV is unknown. There are many bacteria that live in a normal vagina. When you have BV, there are not enough “good” bacteria. This causes harmful bacteria to grow in the vagina, causing the vaginal environment to be out of balance. Bacterial Vaginosis is usually not serious. However, it can cause infections in the uterus and fallopian tubes and it can spread between female sex partners. To find out if you have BV, the health care provider will look at the vaginal discharge under the microscope for bacteria and checking the acid level of the vagina. Women with BV may have an abnormal
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Unformatted text preview: vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. The discharge is usually milky or gray and can be thin. Women also have burning during urination or itching and burning in or around the outside of the vagina. Some women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all. The health care provider can prescribe two different antibiotics, taken by mouth, called metronidazole or clindamycin. Either can be used with non-pregnant or pregnant women. There are also antibiotic vaginal creams or gels. The side effects are less with vaginal antibiotics. This medicine can cause nausea or a metal aftertaste in the mouth for some people. BV can recur after treatment. It is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. In the United States, as many as 16 percent of pregnant women have BV....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENG 1113 taught by Professor Garriga during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

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