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Bacterial vaginosis (BV)

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV), formerly known as non-specific vaginitis, is the most common cause of vaginitis. It is caused by overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina, including Gardnerella Vaginalis and Mycoplasma Hominis etc  which replace the normal vaginal Lactobacilli and this in turn can often cause a malodorous vaginal discharge though about 50% of infections are silent.

 

Bacterial vaginosis  is the most prevalent cause of vaginal discharge or malodour; however, more than 50% of women with BV are asymptomatic.  Although BV is not strictly considered a sexually transmitted disease, sexual activity has been linked to development of this infection. The incidence of BV increases with the number of recent and lifetime sexual partners or new sexual partners.

 

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