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What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection caused by too much of a certain type of bacteria in your vagina. Left untreated, it can raise your risk for several serious health problems.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Bacterial Vaginosis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

US Office of Women’s Health: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “TINDAMAX- Tinidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “METRONIDAZOLE 250 MG- Metronidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “CLINDAMAX- ClindamycinPhosphate Gel.”

National Health Service (UK): “Will Antibiotics Stop my Contraception Working?”

Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Science: “Bacterial Vaginosis: Etiology and Modalities of Treatment -- A Brief Note.”

Archives of AIDS Research: “Alternative Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Patients; Restoration of Vaginal Acidity and Flora.”

Biomed Central Infectious Disease: “Association Between Cigarette Smoking and the Vaginal Microbiota: a Pilot Study.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 21, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Bacterial Vaginosis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

US Office of Women’s Health: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “TINDAMAX- Tinidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “METRONIDAZOLE 250 MG- Metronidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “CLINDAMAX- ClindamycinPhosphate Gel.”

National Health Service (UK): “Will Antibiotics Stop my Contraception Working?”

Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Science: “Bacterial Vaginosis: Etiology and Modalities of Treatment -- A Brief Note.”

Archives of AIDS Research: “Alternative Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Patients; Restoration of Vaginal Acidity and Flora.”

Biomed Central Infectious Disease: “Association Between Cigarette Smoking and the Vaginal Microbiota: a Pilot Study.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 21, 2017

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