Bacterial Vaginosis

Infection, Women's Health and Childbirth

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection (bacterial) that has affected 21.2 million women in the United States alone at least once in their lifetime. Your vagina has high numbers of healthy bacteria known as, lactobacilli. There is also a small number of anaerobic bacteria. When the natural balance between these bacteria is disturbed, BV may result. The overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria causes vaginal inflammation and uncomfortable symptoms, including itching and burning when urinating. BV is not a sexually transmitted disease; however, since bacterial infections can be passed from one partner to the next, you should refrain from having sex while infected.

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