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Treating bacterial vaginosis

Vaginal infection
Bacterial vaginosis is experienced by 10 per cent of women and is a common cause of acute vaginitis. Karen Powell discusses diagnosis and treatment options

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of abnormal discharge in sexually active women between the ages of 15-45 years.1 It is experienced by 10 per cent of women over a lifetime and is a common cause of acute vaginitis.2

It has a significant effect on quality of life and can negatively impact on personal, professional and intimate relationships. Women report feelings of shame or embarrassment, and implement excessive hygiene regimes that can exacerbate the condition.3


Epidemiological studies indicate that the risk of BV is increased in women of African ethnicity.4 In pregnant women, iron deficiency (anaemia) could be a strong predictor of BV.5

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