Minor vaginal infections have major impact on women

Two-thirds of all women who suffer recurrent bacterial vaginosis (BV), an infection caused by an imbalance in vaginal flora, bear more than the accompanying physical discomfort.

Often regarded as minor, this common vaginal infection have symptoms that include an abnormal “fishy” odour and increased vaginal discharge that force sufferers to avoid sex and other social activities out of embarrassment and frustration.

Longer term BV has been associated with increased risks of miscarriage and preterm delivery, as well as susceptibility to HIV and other STDs.

Unfortunately for many, even after treatment with antibiotics, BV often comes back within 12 months.

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