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Bacterial vaginosis

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The doctors at Dr.Dropin are experienced in treating symptoms in the genital areas, and it is recommended that you contact a doctor if you experience abnormal and/or smelly discharge, if you are pregnant, or if you experience that the treatment does not help.

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What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease. It is a vaginal imbalance caused by overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, and is characterized by a smelly vaginal discharge.

Symptoms

    • Grey discharge
    • Smelly vaginal discharge

Treatment for bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is not dangerous, but may cause disturbing symptoms. Therefore, many women seek medical help, however it is not necessary to treat unless the symptoms are disturbing. It is recommended to treat bacterial vaginosis if you are planning for pregnancy or if you already are pregnant. Bacterial vaginosis may increase the risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery. If you experience abnormal vaginal discharge, it is recommended to see a doctor and the doctor will perform a gynecological examination.

Tablets or cream

Bacterial vaginosis can be treated with tablets, vaginal tablets or cream. It is important not to clean the vagina as this may disturb the natural balance of bacteria and increase the risk of infection. Further, it is recommended not to use soap in the genital regions. It is not uncommon that the symptoms may come back, requiring additional treatment. Partner(s) do not need to get treatment, but it may help using condoms for a period, as it is believed that the sperm may affect the natural vaginal balance.

Written by: General Practitioner Anne Marte Ladim
Last updated: 20. March 2020
Est. reading time: 1-2 minutes

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