:An overview of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections with everything you need to know about both conditions

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Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are very common infections women tend to have, especially those around 14-49 years old. The symptoms are very similar and range from itchiness and pain to a change in the thickness and color of your vaginal discharge.

If you suspect you’re suffering from bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection, or are simply curious about them, take a look at the following article where we break down both conditions to help you understand them better.

What Is Bacterial Vaginosis & What Causes It?

Bacterial vaginosis is a very common cause of unusual vaginal discharge, and although it is not cataloged as a sexually transmitted infection (STI) it can still increase the chances of getting an STI like chlamydia and HIV (1).

This occurs when bacteria overgrowth present in the vagina, upsets the balance of bacteria (harmful and “good”) that live in it. Bacterial vaginosis recurrence is common but it can signify infection if not treated properly.

The natural balance of bacteria in your vagina can fluctuate for various reasons. Some include having penile-vaginal intercourse with a new partner, doing too many cleansing methods (remember that the vagina cleans itself, so there’s really no need to do it yourself) as well as hormonal changes like menopause, pregnancy, and menstruation.

About Recurrent Yeast Infections

Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are two similar conditions that have alike symptoms and that can cause vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina). 

Unlike bacterial vaginosis, recurrent yeast infections are caused by a disruption in the balance of vaginal flora (bacteria that lives in the vagina) but rather a type of yeast or fungus called Candida. Recurrent yeast infections are caused due to different factors such as pregnancy, birth control pills, antibiotics as well as high blood sugar. 

Symptoms Of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast Infection

As stated above, both infections have similar symptoms. To begin, bacterial vaginosis can be distinguished by paying attention to some signs such as a strong odor (like fish) that gets stronger after intercourse or while menstruating, burning during urination, vaginal itching, and changes in the color and thickness of your vaginal discharge (green, yellow and thin gray for example). 

As for yeast infections, some symptoms include burning during sex and urination, redness and swelling around the vaginal opening, itching, pain, and soreness of the vulva as well as thick and white vaginal discharge.

What To Do If You Spot Any Of The Symptoms

If you notice one or several signs of either bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, make an appointment with your doctor. At Her Down There we offer patient tests for properly diagnosing yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis as well as other conditions.

With an easy, fast and convenient service, we strive for making healthcare accessible and understandable for all women. Here you can book an appointment with one of our providers and clear all your doubts as well as receive the necessary treatment your body needs.