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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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 »

How do boric acid suppositories work for bacterial vaginosis?

Query: Hello doctor, How do boric acid suppositories work for bacterial vaginosis? 1. What do boric acid suppositories do? 2. Do you recommend them to your patients? 3. At what point do you advise your patients to use them? 4. What are the certain brands you recommend?   Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Boric acid is cheap medicine, which was used before as vaginal suppository for 10 to 14 days for chronic candidiasis. 2. Mostly it is given along with antibiotics or over the treatment can increase resistance or damage normal flora that increases risk of infection m...  Read Full »

I have yellow thick foul smelling vaginal discharge. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a yellow thick foul smelling discharge. It has been a while but it seems to be a problem. My partner also mentioned that I have extra smell compared to his previous partners. Why is this?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from bacterial vaginosis which is a bacterial infection. This can be confirmed with a high vaginal swab culture and shall require a course of antibiotics for a week with avoidance of intercourse during treatment. Try using alkaline vaginal washes to...  Read Full »

Am I having recurrent BV because of unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I have recurring BV and I do not know why. I have stopped taking baths, I do not douche, I never use any scented products. I am in a monogamous relationship. I just realized that my fiance washes his penis with shampoo, and we have unprotected sex. Could this be why I cannot seem to get...  Read Full »


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. BV (bacterial vaginosis) is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is just an abnormal change in your normal bacterial flora. I would recommend using tablet Metronidazole 2000 mg once or you can use Clindamycin 5 % vaginal creams once for five days. That is available ov...  Read Full »

Is there any way to treat BV while being 34 weeks pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,Is there any way that I can treat BV while being 34 weeks pregnant? I had Metronidazole gel and suppositories and they did not work. The smell is pretty uncomfortable plus I have HPV. So, I do not know if that is associated with the smell too. BTW is BV contagious?  Read Full »


Dr. Tara Devi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. BV (bacterial vaginosis) is not a sexually transmitted infection. You must be having associated fungal infections causing itching. Take tablet Metronidazole 400 mg three times daily for one week. Take capsule Clotrimazole vaginal pessary at bedtime for a week. Drink ple...  Read Full »

Does bacterial vaginosis cause fishy odor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a fishy odor down there since I was in elementary school. I was not sexually active at all either. Just a couple years ago I realized I might have something called bacterial vaginosis. I went to the doctor for it a couple years ago and got prescribed Metronidazole and it di...  Read Full »


Dr. Nadia Khan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you have heard right that if vaginal infections are left untreated they may lead to PID and infertility. It is a serious issue which must be dealt with promptly and appropriately. Bacterial vaginosis leads to change in vaginal flora and pH which results in fishy...  Read Full »

Can bacterial vaginosis be cured naturally?

Query: Hello doctor, I met a gynecologist, and the doctor diagnosed that I have bacterial vaginosis. The doctor recommended antibiotics for a week or taking a dose of Solosec. For a minor infection, both of these options seem rather extreme for me, and I am wondering if there is a way to eliminate the dis...  Read Full »


Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hello, welcome to icliniq.com. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a general issue in women. It does not cause any serious problem, but it is irritating with abnormal vaginal discharges, itching, and odor. If you do not get treated in an early stage, then infections may spread to the uterus, fallopian tub...  Read Full »

Why am I having white watery discharge with red swollen vagina?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past week, I had been having extra discharge down there. It is white and watery and has a bad smell. Also, my vagina has been red and looks swollen. Is it from douching or from sex? I have been with the same partner for a year now. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it a fishy smell? Is the discharge thin and milky or cottage cheese like? If yes, you seem to be suffering from bacterial vaginosis along with yeast infection. Does your partner have some symptoms too? Please stop douching, it tends to wash away the good protective b...  Read Full »

Why am I having fishy vaginal discharge with irregular bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I went last night to get tested for STD for fishy discharge smell and 20 minutes ago I went to the bathroom and noticed I was bleeding down there, which is weird for me since I just finished a none-day period a week ago. So I am worried if I need to get checked out right away or wait.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A fishy smell is indicative of bacterial vaginosis and not yeast infection alone. If not accompanied by curdy white vaginal discharge, pathognomic of vaginal candidiasis. Also bleeding per vaginum on nonmenstrual days can be due to cervical erosions which can be confir...  Read Full »

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