Bacterial vaginosis is an uncomfortable condition that is unfortunately quite common. The symptoms are unpleasant and they can feel a little scary at times. We’ve answered the top eight most frequently asked questions about bacterial vaginosis for you, including questions about antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis.
Hopefully, these FAQ’s will help to ease your mind and help you to find some relief from the uncomfortable symptoms:
What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is a certain type of inflammation in the vagina that is caused by an imbalance in the natural vaginal bacteria. It is commonly treated with specific antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis.
##Is it normal that it is itchy and burning?
Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include burning while you pee, vaginal itching, an unpleasant odor (people describe it as smelling ‘fishy’), and an unusual discharge that can be gray, white, or green. So yes, unfortunately an itchy and burning vagina is normal if you have bacterial vaginosis.
This is awful! How can I get rid of bacterial vaginosis as fast as possible?
The fastest treatment for bacterial vaginosis is a specific antibiotic for bacterial vaginosis. These medications come in either oral pills or creams/gels that are inserted into the vagina. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and finish the entire prescribed course of treatment in order to avoid recurring problems.
How can I prevent getting bacterial vaginosis in the future?
There are a few things that you can do that may reduce your chances of getting bacterial vaginosis again.
- Reduce or stop vaginal douching
- Use a condom during sex
- Take showers instead of baths
- Talk to your healthcare provider about using boric acid suppositories to help maintain a healthy pH in your vagina.
What happens if I get bacterial vaginosis when I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant and suspect that you have bacterial vaginosis, it is important that you consult with your doctor as soon as possible. If left untreated, pregnant women who have bacterial vaginosis are more likely to have babies born prematurely or with a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds.
What if I don’t treat bacterial vaginosis?
Leaving bacterial vaginosis is not only uncomfortable and a bit embarrassing, but it can also cause some more severe health issues. Untreated, it can increase your chance of contracting HIV and STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Fortunately, specific antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis are affordable and easy to get a prescription for from a Wisp doctor.
If I’ve never had sex, can I still get bacterial vaginosis?
Yes! It’s extremely uncommon to get bacterial vaginosis if you haven’t had sex, but it’s not impossible. It is best to speak with your healthcare provider or Wisp doctor if you are experiencing symptoms.
Do antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis really work?
Yes, antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis work and they work fast! Most antibiotic treatments last for a week, but you should start to feel relief before then. It is still important to finish your prescribed treatment even if you are feeling better.
Find out more about antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis and other treatments by consulting with your healthcare provider or a Wisp doctor. Take control of your health with doctors who get it.
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