How to get treated for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about BV or Bacterial Vaginosis

Do you have signs and symptoms of vaginal discharge that is thin, greyish and smells like fish? Telemedicine can be a good place to check your signs and symptoms for possible treatment.

How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis?

Some women with BV do not have symptoms, but many do have symptoms like:

  • Thin whitish or gray vaginal discharge
  • Itching, or burning discomfort in or around the vagina
  • Fish-like odor, especially after sex
  • Pain or burning with urinating

What is a Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition that happens when there is too much of certain bacteria in the vagina. This changes the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.

Is BV common?

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal condition in sexually active women ages 15-44.

When to Seek Medical Care

Can BV be treated or cured?

If you have symptoms of BV you should be checked to confirm the diagnosis at least the first time it occurs.  Your Doctor can treat BV with antibiotic creams or pills. It is common for BV to return even after treatment. Once you become familiar with the symptoms, you will know when it reoccurs. Some women get BV once or twice a year and it can be appropriate to treat recurrent BV by telemedicine.

Does my partner need to be treated?

Male sex partners generally do not need to be treated. BV may be transferred between female sex partners.


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