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 have untreated bacterial vaginosis, is it okay to use a copper IUD as a method of emergency contraception?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I get the copper IUD inserted as a method of emergency contraception if I have untreated bacterial vaginosis? I had intercourse with a condom that contained sperms three days ago and I am afraid it may have leaked I am afraid to take the emergency contraceptive pills. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. At present your main concern is emergency contraceptives actually that cause prevention of conception. Hormones affect locally actually. Your other choice could be emergency hormonal oral contraceptive (within 72 hours of sex) to avoid an I...  Read Full »

I had recently replaced my Copper coil with a Mirena coil which increased the vaginal discharge, and I noticed white bits in the vaginal discharge. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old, weigh around 63 kg, and have a height of measure 5 feet 3 inches. I am currently on Mirena coil (Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device). I recently had my copper coil (Paragard) removed and replaced with the Mirena coil for lighter periods. Right before my per...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The white vaginal discharge could be due to candidiasis, or for some reason like ovulation, excitement, or fertilization can cause an increase in vaginal discharge. In normal vaginal secretions, there is normal vaginal flora balancing the pH of the vaginal secretions...  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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

My bacterial vaginosis got resolved after taking medications. Why do I suddenly have pain in the lower abdomen after two months?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a LEEP two months ago. I am 26 years old. I had a BV infection after both the colposcopy and LEEP. Medicine cleared those up. However, two months post-procedure, I still have sharp pains in my lower abdomen that radiate through my vagina randomly. I notice this when starting to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest vaginitis; it is mainly due to a fungal infection. Keep the area dry and clean, drink a lot of warm water and a soft diet, and use antifungal medicine and cream for application. I would suggest the following: Wear...  Read Full »

I have a fishy-smelling watery discharge from my vagina. Should I be concerned about it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a discharge smell for over a year. It is something a little fishy. The discharge can be watery. Sometimes the smell is not strong, and sometimes it is. Is it a concern? During sexual intercourse, the smell can be strong, but sometimes there is no smell.  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to what you have described, you have bacterial vaginosis. This is not an infection, but there is an alteration in the normal vaginal flora due to which the normal protective bacteria are reduced in number, and pathogenic bacteria increase, leading to abnorm...  Read Full »

Please suggest some home remedies for BV.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I have become sexually active within the six 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 bacterial vaginosis and not realized it. I have a strong odor down there,...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bacterial vaginosis is due to the imbalance between the healthy and unhealthy bacteria or organisms in the vagina. This balance between good and bad bacteria is needed to protect the vagina from new infections. The use of too many antibiotics and douches will kill both...  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 »

Have taken Flagyl for Bacterial Vaginosis, Still have some itching. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I had vaginal discharge. When I took Flagyl for BV, it cleared. So, I do not think it as an STI. Am I right?  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bacterial vaginosis can occur with or without intercourse and is not considered as STI (sexually transmitted infection). As your bacterial vaginosis got cleared with Flagyl (Metronidazole), you are fine.   Read Full »

Despite taking treatment, I have had bacterial vaginosis for four months. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have chronic bacterial vaginosis (BV). My primary care doctor has given me antibiotics, but it was not resolved even after taking antibiotics and vaginal anti-fungal creams. I went to see another doctor, and she prescribed me antibiotics, and nothing changed. I do not know if it is pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Let me give you a few basic facts about the condition. If you take a second look at the name, it is bacterial vaginosis, not vaginitis. So by using antibiotics, you are causing more harm. It is not a bacterial infection (antibiotics act against bacteria). Every lady ...  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 a small amount...  Read Full »

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