Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance.
Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women of any age. The cause isn't completely understood, but certain activities, such as unprotected sex or frequent douching, increase your risk.
Thin, gray, white or green vaginal discharge
Foul-smelling "fishy" vaginal odor
Burning during urination
Many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms.
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PELVIC EXAMINATION. During a pelvic exam, your doctor visually examines your vagina for signs of infection, and inserts two fingers into your vagina while pressing on your abdomen with the other hand to check your pelvic organs for signs that may indicate disease.
TAKE A SAMPLE OF VAGINAL SECRETION. This may be done to check for an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in your vaginal flora. Your doctor may examine the vaginal secretions under a microscope, looking for "clue cells," vaginal cells covered with bacteria that are a sign of bacterial vaginosis. green color selections for cocktail
TEST VAGINAL pH. Your doctor may check the acidity of your vagina by placing a pH test strip in your vagina. A vaginal pH of higher than 4.5 is a sign of bacterial vaginosis.