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Bacterial Vaginosis is not an STI

The Sensitivity of Sexual Issues

It is extremely difficult to open up about sexual issues for human beings as they are sensitive topics with people often not being open about them even with doctors because they find it strange and uncomfortable to talk about the issues related to their ‘privates’. However, there is no shame in talking about sexual problems that you face or the problems that arise with your sexual organs because at the end of the day, there has to be a medical explanation for the problem and once the medical reason for the issue is found out, treatment can be given in order to eradicate the problem. 

Women generally go through more issues as far as their sexual organs are concerned with complicated issues related to their vagina being the most common. It’s not just periods during which women are disturbed with vaginal discharge. Even during the non-period days, women can experience discharge from their vagina. It’s always important that when you experience such an event that you contact your doctor immediately as it can be an indication of a condition like bacterial vaginosis.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition that causes discharge from the vagina with the discharge often having an unusual odor to it. The process of discharge is though mostly not painful at all. The reason behind vaginal discharge as a result of bacterial vaginosis is the increased population of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina. The vagina is already home to a number of different bacterium but the growth in anaerobic bacteria leads to an imbalance and results in vaginal discharge. 

Is it an STI?

People usually think that bacterial vaginosis is a sexually transmitted infection. However, there is no evidence that proves bacterial vaginosis to be an STI or an STD. There is simply no proof which suggests that bacterial vaginosis is a result of sexual intercourse with an infected individual. However, it should be understood that many researchers have found that bacterial vaginosis is more common in women who are sexually more active as compared to women who are comparably less active. So, what this means is that while Bacterial Vaginosis is definitely not a sexually transmitted infection, women who have more sex are more susceptible to this infection. 

Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis

There can be many causes of bacterial vaginosis apart from increased sexual activity (particularly when you change partners or when you have a partner who shares your sex). These include:


Excessive use of medicated soaps 


Use of antiseptic liquids while taking baths


Use of powerful detergents for cleaning underwear


Continuous use of vaginal deodorant


Continuous bubble baths


Regular smoking

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is more often than not asymptomatic which means that you might as well not see any signs of the infection at all. However, ladies who do see signs of bacterial vaginosis say that they find changes in their vaginal discharge. This means that the color, the smell or simply the texture of the vaginal discharge changes from that of the regular vaginal discharge. Usually, a foul smell comes from the discharge of patients who suffer from bacterial vaginosis.  

Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis

Nursing in Practice says that doctors often conduct a simple pH test in order to determine whether bacterial vaginosis is responsible for the change in your vaginal discharge or not. The test is actually named vaginal smear where a cotton swab is used to take samples from your vagina and then tests are performed on the samples in order to confirm or deny the presence of bacterial vaginosis. You can always find more information on the topic from websites like FPA. 

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment

There are different treatments available for the condition while doctors also recommend some lifestyle changes in order to ensure that condition doesn’t come back to haunt the patient again. The treatments include:


Metrozindale is the oral medication often prescribed in such cases with the length of course varying from case to case. You can find information on Metronidazole here. 


Clindamycin gel is also prescribed in some cases.

There are a few lifestyle changes advised as well in order to ensure that not only do you stay away from conditions like bacterial vaginosis but also stay safe from STDs and STIs. These include:


Protected sex by using condoms in order to ensure safety. 


End to vaginal douching.


End to smoking. 

The Online Clinic is a great place for getting online prescriptions for the medications usually needed to fend off Bacterial Vaginosis. The Online Clinic is actually a great place in general for getting your hands on prescriptions for a number of products. So, try it out whenever you need an online prescription.

Bacterial Vaginosis Is Not An STI

Bacterial Vaginosis Is Not An STI


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