Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina, causing symptoms. Reviewed by a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist.
Bacterial vaginosis is treated with prescription antibiotics taken orally or with topical creams or gels. There are even home remedies that can help.
While bacterial vaginosis is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, sexual practices contribute to your risk as do genetics and your general health.
Bacterial vaginosis can be diagnosed with tests that check for vaginal infection, including microscopic tests, gram stains, pH tests, and home test kits.
Find out about bacterial infections, the different types that exist, and how they can affect you.
Bacterial vaginosis affects millions of women each year but can be avoided by not douching and using condoms, plus other prevention tips.
Vaginal itching, discharge, and discomfort can be caused by bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. Learn the difference between the two.
The most common vaginal infections are yeast infections, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis, but the causes and treatments vary for each.
From chlamydia to gonorrhea to diseases that aren't as well-known, learn about the most common sexually transmitted diseases and how to ID them.
Learn about bacterial and viral infections, such as chlamydia and parvovirus B19, that have been linked to pregnancy loss.