Some facts about Bacterial Vaginosis
- Unpleasant fishy odour
- Bad odour after sex
- Urination can be painful
- Pain during intercourse
- Can be itchy and sore
- Watery greyish-white discharge
- pH higher than 5
It is estimated that as many as 70% of women suffer from BV (Bacterial Vaginosis), although many don’t know what it is or how to treat it.
BV is most common in sexually active women, between the ages of 20 to 30, although it is not considered an STD.
The triggers for BV are not known, although it is affected by high pH levels (above 5) and an imbalanced vaginal flora.
Lactobacillus creates lactic acid, which keeps pH levels of the vagina between 4 and 4.5. This creates an unfriendly environment for bad bacteria, which prevents them from flourishing.
It is important to treat BV, as this infection can cause more serious conditions, such as: infections of the upper genital tract, spontaneous abortion, premature birth and increasing the risks of STDs.
BV is often confused with trichomoniasis as they symptoms are very similar, although BV is far more common. Trich is a sexually transmitted disease and is not bacterial, and needs prescription medication. The main defining symptom of trich is a greenish frothy discharge and pain in the lower abdomen.
BV is treated by regulating the pH levels within the vagina to be more acidic. This creates an unfavourable environment for bacteria, so that it cannot thrive.