Contrary to what many people think, bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, it is a very uncomfortable condition that occurs in sexually active women. In fact, bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal complaint. This has much to do with the acidity of the vagina. The so-called yeast infection is quite treatable. For the treatment of bacterial vaginosis you need a doctor's prescription. If the test is positive, we recommend that you go to your GP, to discuss the treatment together. There is a possibility that bacterial vaginosis returns after treatment. Recurring bacterial vaginosis has the same symptoms.
These vaginal symptoms are caused by an acidic imbalance in the vagina. When the acidity in the vagina is off-balance, the bacteria that naturally occur only minimally in the vagina can increase in number. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, which can be very intense and varies from woman to woman. The infection can also cause burning pain. Read more about bacterial vaginosis.
It was previously thought that bacterial vaginosis was mostly very uncomfortable. But now we know that bacterial vaginosis can certainly cause serious problems, such as an unpleasant odour that can smell even stronger when it comes into contact with semen, uncomfortable itching combined with a reddish rash, discomfort and pain during sex. Pain during sex can be very annoying, especially when you’re unsure whether you have a yeast infection.
Do you recognise these symptoms? Then it's time for a bacterial vaginosis home test.
- Imbalance of vaginal acidity
- Vaginal bacteria
- Abdominal pain (stomach ache woman)
- Fungal infection
- Painful sex
- Burning pain
- Candida infection/yeast infection (Candida is a type of yeast that we all have in our bodies. It’s balanced by friendly bacteria, who feed on Candida. However, Candida has the property of being able to turn into a fungus. This can happen when the balance in the vagina is disrupted by the death of the good bacteria).
- Recurring bacterial vaginosis
Unsure if you have bacterial vaginosis? Take an anonymous bacterial vaginosis test.