Bacterial vaginosis is an extremely common vaginal infection that is in found in women during the childbearing age. It generally refers to a mild bacterial infection that occurs within the vagina. The increased growth of anaerobe bacteria inside the vagina leads to bacterial vaginosis. However, the exact cause of this enhanced growth of anaerobe bacteria is yet to be known.
The early symptom of Bacterial vaginosis is unusual vaginal discharge that is either clear or colored. The discharge is found to heavy in some women, where as in some others it is light. The fishy smell of the discharge is the most distinguishing characteristic feature of this disease. The smelly discharge usually occurs immediately after sexual intercourse. Women with bacterial vaginosis are also likely to experience a strong burning sensation during urination. Itching in and around the vaginal area is also found in some women.
An analysis of the discharge helps in the diagnosis of this disorder. However, in some women infected with this disorder, no symptoms are seen at all.
Bacterial vaginosis is not strictly a sexually transmitted disease as it is caused by the overgrowth of vaginal bacteria and not through sexual intercourse. But, this disease is found to be more common among sexually active women. Since this is not a sexually transmitted infection, it is not necessary to treat the sex partner of a person infected with bacterial vaginosis.
However, it is extremely important to provide timely treatment as lack of medication will lead to the spread of bacteria into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This condition is found to be more hazardous. Right treatment is extremely essential if a pregnant woman is affected. As you consult the doctor, make sure that you tell him about all sorts of other medication and addictions that you are currently exposed to. This is because even the slight presence of alcohol in the body while taking medication against bacterial vaginosis is likely to lead to nausea and vomiting.