Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal infection caused by the overgrowth of bacteria normally present in the vagina. 

Symptoms of vaginosis include:

  • Thin, discolored vaginal discharge
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Burning with urination

Factors that increase the risk of vaginosis include:

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • A new sexual partner
  • Douching
  • Natural lack of lactobacilli bacteria

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You can try the following to prevent vaginosis:

  • Use unscented products – soaps, tampons, pads
  • Don’t douche
  • Avoid getting an STI by using a condom

A pelvic exam and evaluation of vaginal discharge will be done to diagnose vaginitis. Antibiotics to treat vaginitis may be given in a vaginal cream or gel or orally. Male partners of females with vaginitis do not require treatment. However, vaginosis can spread between female partners. Female partners should also receive treatment for vaginosis.  

If you have vaginosis symptoms, our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and recommend the best treatment option.