Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an extremely common bacterial infection that affects women only. Also known as gardnerella vaginosis, BV can be a discomforting condition caused by a combination of bacteria that occurs in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is not technically considered to be an STI, however it is more common in women who are sexually active and can increase the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted infections, as well as uterus infections if it is left untreated.

Bacterial vaginosis is treated with the antibiotics Metronidazole, which you can order at euroClinix. This course of bacterial vaginosis treatment comes in 400mg tablets taken twice daily for one week. You can also be prescribed a 2,000mg one-off dosage, which means you will take five tablets.

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What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection located in the vagina. It can also be referred to as gardnerella vaginosis. BV is an extremely common infection as the balance of bacteria in the vagina is so subtle. I tis also possible to get recurrent bouts, just like other yeast-based infections such as thrush, and can have similar symptoms too.

The most common trigger of BV is sexual intercourse, however the infection isn't classed as an STI on many credible sources such as the NHS for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is female-only condition, and isn't transferred between men and women through sexual contact, but rather caused by a change in bacteria in the vagina. Cases of BV can be transferred through same-sex relationships, meaning the bacterial infection is gender based and not sex based.

An episode of BV is not dangerous for the vast majority of women, and it can be treated quickly and effectively. This infection should always be treated as it can cause long-term health problems if left. Not only will complications arise if it is left untreated, but your susceptibility to other STIs will increase. Untreated BV can lead to complications during pregnancy as well as an increased risk of PID after an abortion or a hysterectomy.

What causes bacterial vaginosis?

An overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina leads to BV. This overgrowth disrupts the natural balance of the vagina, which can result in an unpleasant smell and an increase in discharge. There is no equivalent of BV in men and the infection cannot be passed on through sexual contact like STIs and even yeast infections such as thrush.

The bacteria in the vagina is largely harmless, but there is a delicate balance of bacteria so it comes as no surprise that BV is extremely common as a slight chance in this balance can cause symptoms. This means there are numerous triggers that could be prompting the condition for you, especially if you are prone to recurrent bouts. These can include:

  • Sex
  • Using the intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Other foreign objects
  • Using scented soaps to clean the vagina
  • Cleaning the vagina excessively (douching)
  • Use of perfumed bath products
  • Vaginal deodorants
  • Washing your underwear with a strong detergent
  • Personal hygiene

It is not advised to douche or use scented products in and around the vagina. In fact, the vagina is self-cleaning so even products designed to clean the vagina should never to used. On the other spectrum, you may find not changing your underwear or wiping from back to front after using the toilet could trigger BV.

Certain groups of women will be more at risk of contracting this infection. These groups include women who:

  • Smoke
  • Are in same-sex relationships
  • Frequently change sexual partners

Bacterial vaginosis symptoms

As bacterial vaginosis symptoms are not uncomfortable and painful, they may not be as immediately apparent, especially compared to the symptoms of other STIs and yeast infections. This is because the infection occurs internally, coating the walls of your vagina. In fact, BV can be mistaken for both these conditions as well. Symptoms of BV include the following:

  • Discharge that is white or grey and watery in texture
  • Unusual smell (unpleasantly fishy and often strong)
  • You may also notice that your menstrual blood carries a distinct odour and has a different consistency

Sometimes there are no symptoms to BV, however regardless if you do experience any; it is fully treatable with the correct antibiotics.

How to prevent bacterial vaginosis

Preventing BV is possible depending on the causes or triggers for you. Many women experience recurrent bouts after the initial outbreak, and over time realise the triggers to avoid.

  • Using condoms and limiting sexual partners
  • Changing your contraceptive method if you currently use a intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Don't use products to clean your vagina
  • Or use products with natural ingredients
  • Limit or exclude douching
  • Changing detergent
  • Wearing loose cotton underwear
  • Wiping from front to back
  • Quit smoking

Bacterial vaginosis treatment

Bacterial infections such as BV are best treated with a course of antibiotics, which should be fully completed to cure the infection. Whilst there are recurrent bouts of BV, it is not a viral infection, so each bout can be cured completely and quickly with effective medication. For BV, this is Metronidazole available in various dosages depending on what infection you are treating. Even if the symptoms have cleared part of the way through the course, you must finish all the tablets completely for the infection to clear.

You can buy Metronidazole online at euroClinix by completing a quick online consultation and get your dosage delivered to you tomorrow if ordered before 4.30pm. For more information regarding the antibiotics, please visit our product page.

Can I buy bacterial vaginosis treatment online?

You can buy your bacterial vaginosis cure from euroClinix quickly and easily. You simply need to complete a short online consultation, which is completely free, to make sure that the bacterial vaginosis treatment that you choose is suitable for you. One of our registered doctors will assess your consultation and prescribe you the treatment if it is deemed appropriate for you. This prescription will then be dispensed by our pharmacy and dispatched straight to you with free overnight delivery.

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