In our last topic, we talked about how urinary tract infections and vaginal thrush have overlapping symptoms. Today, lets explore another condition called bacterial vaginosis, which can sometimes also be confused with vaginal thrush due to similar symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, whereby the cause of acquiring it is not yet fully understood. Take a look at the table below to differentiate the symptoms between bacterial vaginosis and vaginal thrush1, 2:
Some other important information2:
- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) can sometimes go away by itself but if you have symptoms, you need to checked and treated
- BV typically occurs in sexually active women; however it is still unknown how sex contributes to BV.
- Having BV increases your chances of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases
- Treatment is very important for pregnant women with BV because of the increased likelihood of delivering prematurely, resulting in babies with low birth weight
- Male sex partners of women diagnosed with BV do not need to be treated
- You cannot get BV from swimming pools
I hope this helps to clarify the differences between these two conditions. If you are ever unsure, please contact your healthcare provider. Thanks again for reading and your continuous support.
Created by KW
- Medline Plus. Vaginal Yeast Infection [Internet]. Medline Plus [updated 2015 Nov 5; cited 2017 March 24]. Available from: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001511.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bacterial Vaginosis-CDC Fact Sheet [Internet]. CDC [updated 2017 Feb 16; cited 2016 March 24]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/std/BV/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm
- Zafar, J. Picture of Woman in Underwear [Image on Internet]. Homeremediesweb [updated 2014 Apr 29; cited 2017 March 24]. Available from: http://www.homeremediesweb.com/yeast_infection_home_remedy.php