Bacterial Vaginosis

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How do I treat bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV or gardnerella) can be treated with antibiotic tablets or vaginal creams. To assess the best course of treatment, visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic for a sexual health check. Male partners do not need to be treated.

What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV or gardnerella) symptoms include an unpleasant odour which will be worse after sex or after periods, and/or white/greyish discharge. However some people may not present with any symptoms, so to be sure it is important to have regular sexual health checks at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.

What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV or gardnerella) only affects women and is not sexually transmitted. It is caused by changes in the balance of bacteria in the vagina which can be caused by new sex partners or increased sexual activity, but can also occur in women who are not sexually active.
Bacterial Vaginosis belongs to a group of conditions that are often incorrectly considered sexually transmitted infections. As a general rule, not everything that happens in or around your genitals is sexually transmitted. If you experience discomfort in that area seek medical attention. Getting the treatment you need is the fastest way to get back on track, and back to enjoying time with you partner(s).