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Sexually Transmitted Diseases  >  Bacterial Vaginosis
Any woman can get BV, but you're at higher risk of getting it if:
  • You have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners.
  • You use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control.
  • You douche.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. In the United States, BV is common in pregnant women.   ...More...




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