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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Why do I have soreness, swelling, and itching in my private part after having intercourse with my husband?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a nursing mother. I have been experiencing severe itching in my private part for five days. The itching started a few hours after having intercourse with my husband. Also, my private part is sore and swollen. I had a similar complaint about ten years ago. I have recently used m...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The itching can be due to bacterial vaginosis that got aggravated after intercourse. You will need antibiotics, analgesics, antihistamines, douching of the vagina with an antiseptic solution, and vaginal pessary ...  Read Full »

I have a foul smell from my vagina. Is it due to STD or cervical cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I always get a foul smell from my vagina. I do not know what the issue is, but my vagina smells like a rotten fish. I do not have any itching or infection. Can this be some STD or cervical cancer? I do not have any bumps or warts in that area. I am sexually active with my partner. And we ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have been suffering from foul-smelling vaginal discharge that indicates that you have mixed vaginosis or combined bacterial and fungal infection. This can be treated with a course of antibiotics for a week and a course of vaginal pessaries, which are antifungal for th...  Read Full »

I am suffering from bacterial vaginosis and want to know if I can use insertion pills to cure it.

Query: Hi doctor,I had symptoms of bacterial vaginosis three days back. The next day I felt micro tears with which I decided to have unprotected sex with my new partner. The next day, micro teras worsened and had white marks on them. Today I went to the hospital because the tears were swollen, painful, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello,Welcome to vagina with a vaginal wash. Please use a cream at present as insertion pills will irritate the tears. I suggest you use (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) cream Ocuvir If it is herpes. Drink plenty of wate...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my vaginal burning, uncomfortable pain, bad smell?

Query: Hello doctor,My vagina is burning and physically just hurting. I have vaginal burning, an irrational lousy smell, and uncomfortable pain. I have a lot of symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, but I want to get a clarification. I have a history of yeast infections and UTIs.  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems like you have some vaginal infection which is causing the problem. Please check yourself by a gynecologist and get a vaginal swab test done. Avoid having sex till then. Wear cotton panties and loose lowers. Maintain personal hygiene and take plenty of fluids. W...  Read Full »

I am a 27-year-old female with fishy odor in my vaginal discharge. Is it bacterial vaginosis?

Query: Hi,I am a 27-year-old female with a height of about 5 feet and a weight of about 73 kg. I have noticed that my vaginal discharge has had a fishy odor for the past few months. It is my first time experiencing this. It started about four months ago. I also experienced pain in my pelvic area during and...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Yes, your symptoms suggest that you have bacterial vaginosis and mixed yeast infection. I suggest you do the following tests- 1) Pap smear (Papanicolaou test) of vaginal discharge for microbiology. 2) Urine routine and cul...  Read Full »

I have recurrent bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I keep contracting BV and yeast infections. My husband and I are both clean people. I am very health-conscious, and my diet is close to the federal recommended dietary requirements. My husband, however, is a heavy smoker (smokes half a pack of cigarettes a day). I believe this is the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I want to tell you that smoking will not cause BV (bacterial vaginosis) whether you smoke or your partner smokes. There is some other cause. It would be best if you found out what the reason is. Maybe incomplete treatment leads to recurrent infection, or perhaps ...  Read Full »

I have a fishy odor discharge from my vagina. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a fishy odor discharge. I am consulting for myself to know how I can cure this. What should I take? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I request you to please share the following information to understand why you have developed this problem. 1. Since when are you having this problem? 2. When was your last menstrual period, and when are you expecting your next one? 3. Are ...  Read Full »

I have recurrent bacterial vaginosis and I am pregnant. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. And I am having recurrent bacterial vaginosis after using Metronidazole oral tablets and Terconazole vaginal cream for ten days. Kindly help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the details and the reports presented by you (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You have already taken the medicines needed. Please tell me if you still have the problem then we can decide on the medication based upon the wa...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my thick and foul-smelling discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old, and my husband is 30 years old, and I have PCOS from the past 11 years. We are married for a year and a half. My periods are irregular, and sometimes I do not get periods for 8 to 9 months. I used to get periods after taking Meprate. With Clomifene, I got two cycles...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), you should plan the treatment first and then plan a pregnancy. This involves weight reduction, oral contraceptive pills for three months, the ones with Cyproterone acetate to reduce testosterone levels and also most import...  Read Full »

Having vaginal infection, Is it safe to use metronidazole cream during breastfeeding?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am 38 years old and I am breastfeeding my 1 year old child. I have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginal infection and prescribed metronidazole vaginal cream daily at bedtime for 5 days. Is it safe for me to continue nursing while using that medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (bacterial vaginal infection). Metronidazole cream has to be applied vaginally for cure of the infection. Vaginal application leads to absorption of metronidazole, but it is only 2% of the oral dose. Only...  Read Full »

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