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Bacterial Vaginosis: Expert Explains Ways To Treat It

According to expert, bacterial vaginosis is not only transmitted through unprotected sex, regular douching can also raise your risk.

Sambhav Kumar
Written by: Sambhav KumarUpdated at: Dec 12, 2022 18:57 IST
Bacterial Vaginosis: Expert Explains Ways To Treat It

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Bacterial vaginosis is a kind of vaginal irritation caused by an overpopulation of normally occurring bacteria in the vagina, which disrupts the natural equilibrium. Bacterial vaginosis is most common in women during their reproductive years, but it can afflict women of any age. Lactobacilli bacteria should be present in the vagina. They create lactic acid, which causes the vagina to become slightly acidic. This keeps potentially hazardous bacteria from growing there.

Lower Lactobacilli levels can cause the vagina to become less acidic. Harmful bacteria can grow and thrive in the vagina if it is not acidic enough.

Talking to OnlyMyHealth, Dr Niti Kautish, Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis Escorts, Faridabad, explains that Bacterial vaginosis is not only transmitted through unprotected sex. Regular douching can also raise your risk.

Causes Of Bacterial Vaginosis

These variables can enhance your chances of getting it:

  • Employing feminine hygiene products like vaginal deodorants and douching
  • Employing scented soaps and a perfumed bubble bath
  • Swimming with antiseptic liquid-laced water
  • Using a strong detergent to wash underwear
  • Smoking 
  • Having several sex partners
  • Symptoms
  • Following are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. 
  • Yellowish or white vaginal discharge which is thin in texture.
  • Fishy vaginal odour that is distressing
  • Itching sensation in the vagina
  • Burning while urinating
  • Discharge is not excessive

When Should You Go to The Doctor?

Schedule a visit with your doctor if you have 

  • New vaginal discharge that is accompanied by a distressing ‘fishy’ odour or temperature. 
  • If you've previously had vaginal infections, but the colour and nature of your discharge appear to be different this time.
  • You have a new partner or have been with multiple sex partners. 

There are situations when bacterial vaginosis symptoms and indications are mistaken for those of a sexually transmitted disease.


You use an over-the-counter medicine to treat a yeast infection on your own, but your symptoms continue. According to expert, vagina has healthy flora, so bacteria can easily wash away. Washing the vagina with vaginal hygiene products can further increase the risk. You can wash your vagina only with plain water.

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"Vaginal pessary and antibiotics can be used to treat vaginosis within a period of seven days," says the expert. 


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