7 tips for managing bacterial vaginosis

Avoid stat or single-dose treatments as they are ineffective

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) — not thrush — is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of childbearing age.

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But research shows that many mistake BV for thrush, resulting in mistreatment with over-the-counter medication.

While the cause is not fully understood, sexual health experts say BV is characterised by a substantial reduction or loss in the usual protective vaginal lactobacillus species, an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria,