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Bacterial vaginosis

What is it?


Signs and Symptoms:

You may have a thin white, gray, or yellow-colored vaginal discharge with a "fishy" smell. You may notice the smell more after having sexual intercourse (sex). Other signs and symptoms may include itching and burning around the outside of the vagina. Some women may not have any symptoms at all.

Wellness Recommendations :

Medical Care:

Antibiotic medicine may be used to treat this infection. Your sex partner(s) may also need to be treated.

Dietary Measures:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.



Other ways of treating your symptoms:

Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:

Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.


1. Parent D, Bossens M, Bayot D et al: Therapy of bacterial vaginosis using exogenously-applied Lactobacilli acidophili and a low dose of estriol. Arzneimittelforschung 1996; 46(1):68-73.

2. Shalev E, Battino S, Weiner E et al: Ingestion of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus compared with pasteurized yogurt as prophylaxis for recurrent candidal vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis. Arch Fam Med 1996; 5(10):593-596.

Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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