2. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) also referred to as nonspecific vaginitis is the most common cause of vaginal infection for women of childbearing age. It is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina. In the past, the condition was called Gardnerella vaginitis, after the bacteria that were thought to cause the condition. It is not a true bacterial infection but rather an imbalance of the bacteria that are normally present in the vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis is not dangerous, but it can cause disturbing symptoms.
An infection in the vagina which causes: foul-smelling which is usually described as something “fishy”; unusual vaginal discharge which is watery and thin, maybe gray or white in color; itching in and around the vagina; and; burning sensation during urination. Between 50 and 75 percent of women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis alone is not considered harmful but complications may arise.