Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis, otherwise called vaginal bacteriosis, is an infection that causes vaginal inflammation due to the overgrowth of bacteria that are naturally found in the vagina. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are thin and white vaginal discharge, fishy vaginal odor, burning while urination, and vaginal itching.

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Please suggest some home remedies for BV.

Query: Hi..I am 19 years old. I have become sexually active within the 6 months for the first time, and have come in contact with the use of douches and different sexual partners. Unfortunately I think I have given myself BV and not realized it. I have a strong odor down there a little bit of itching, but ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, How are you doing? Hope you & your loved ones are safe and healthy. Bacterial vaginosis is due to the imbalance between the healthy and unhealthy bacteria/ organisms in vagina. This balance between good & bad bacteria is needed to protect vagina from new infections. Use of too many ant...  Read Full »

What harm will yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis cause during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 40 years old and I am 22 weeks pregnant. I went to the doctor yesterday because I felt like I may have a yeast infection. He confirmed it was a yeast infection and they did a swab and sent it to the lab. Today they called me with the results and it came back as yeast infection an...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for trusting us about your healthcare. I have gone through your history and understood your concern. It could be due to vaginitis caused by a fungal and bacterial infection and you can take antibiotics and antifungal medicine for the same. Keep the area dry...  Read Full »

Will birth control pills cause smelly vaginal discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, For over four months, I have been experiencing vaginal discharge that has an offensive smell. I am in the military. I have been to the doctor and they continue to tell me it is just a symptom from my birth control but have not sent me to a gynecologist. The discharge has an offensive ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Philip

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com The bad smell and the discoloration of your vaginal discharge could be due to either a candida (fungal ) or bacterial vaginosis (BV) (bacterial infection). Trichomonas usually has a fishy smell which you do not have. Candida infections usually have something like a c...  Read Full »

Please answer my questions regarding IUD, HPV, and BV.

Query: Hello! I am a 20 year old female. I have a few questions regarding my IUD,HPV, and BV. The itch around the genital area I had first last year, and it went away and came back three days ago. The OB said I was spotting (I recently got my IUD when I visited the OB) 1. I got my copper IUD last year, an...  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Philip

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, I understand that your IUD and the vaginal infection is troubling you. Regarding the IUD,it's normal to have spotting after putting it in for some time.I assume you are having regular periods .If so wait for a month as your bleeding is not heavy.If it does not normalise,then it's wise to see a ...  Read Full »

Can vaginal infection cause fishy vaginal discharge and itching for two years?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two years, I've been getting a smelly vaginal discharge, more like a fishy odor. I've never had any sexual intercourse. During those two years, my vagina was itching and sometimes it was unsupportable. I never went to a doctor as I don't know ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, How are you doing? Hope you & your loved ones are safe and healthy. For a young lady of 18yrs , not sexually active, diagnosis are 1. If you use vaginal wash or douching frequently. Use too many antibiotics frequently for any other reason. This could be Bacterial vaginosis. It's not an ...  Read Full »

Why do I have bad smell in my vagina?

Query: Hello doctor, I am super embarrassed but I have been having trouble with being positive about this situation. I have been having issues with my downstairs area about smells. To me it is very unpleasant and I am very uncomfortable.  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Hope you and your dear ones are safe and healthy. For a young lady of your age, following are the possibilities and solutions: 1. If using antibiotics frequently, bacterial vaginosis. Caused by imbalance in healthy and unhealthy bacteria and vaginal...  Read Full »

What are the safe recommendations for bacterial vaginosis during early stage of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am four weeks pregnant and I have BV (vaginosis) and some candida hyphae. My gynecologist prescribed me to apply internally Zidoval gel for five nights and then take two days break and apply Canesten soft gel pessary the following night. I already asked her if it is safe to take durin...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As such local application is somewhat safe and if you have diagnosed infection then it is always a query whether to take or not. If the infection is not much severe then you can wait for 12 weeks of pregnancy and then take the medicines. In early pregnancy there are ma...  Read Full »

Will yeast and BV infection further increase when underwear contacts with dirty things?

Query: Hello doctor, I apologize if this is an odd question but I am very concerned as I have been in treatment for recurrent yeast, and BV infections for over a year. Several dollar bills were accidentally washed (cold cycle, no disinfectant detergent) along with a pair of pants and a load of underwear...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. But to me, the probability of contracting infection is very less. Firstly, you are not immunocompromised. Vagina is home to millions of bacteria and whether one will contract infection or not depends on immunity, which I guess is intact i...  Read Full »

I notice a few tiny bumps in my vaginal area after intercourse. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a question about some pain and bumps that I have noticed on my vagina. I had rough sex with my fiance a few days ago, and he is fairly large, and it always hurts, but this time more than the others. I noticed a few bumps on my vaginal area, they are not itchy but pink and have a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It may be bacterial vaginosis. Or other vaginal infection or some cyst may be. For that, I have to examine you first. So for that consult nearby. Doctor will see the type and nature of the discharge and bump around the vagina and will send discharge for examination if ...  Read Full »

I have a green vaginal discharge with a very bad fishy smell inspite of having medications. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I find myself in front of a very uncomfortable situation. I do not know what is going on with me, but I would like to find a cure. When I was younger, I was sexually assaulted and abused for three years. I believe then I contracted an STD, but I never got it treated because I was too ...  Read Full »


Dr. C Elanchezhian

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need not worry, as per your complaints and from your photos, you have bacterial and fungal infections. Do these investigations. 1) CBC (complete blood count). 2) Smear study from vaginal discharge. 3) Vaginal discharge culture and sensitivity. 4) Urine analys...  Read Full »

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