Excess of bacteria that is found naturally in the vagina can cause bacterial vaginosis (BV). An excess of these bacteria creates an imbalance. BV is more likely to affect women during their reproductive years, but it is not limited to just those women. The reason that BV occurs is not totally understood but there are certain activities that increase your risk. If you suspect that you have BV, contact us for bacterial vaginosis treatment Los Angeles.
It is not uncommon for you to have no symptoms, but those that do exhibit symptoms may experience:
- Unpleasant smelling odor from the vagina
- Burning during urination
- Thin white, green, or gray discharge
The vagina has a naturally balanced amount of good and bad bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis results when one or more of the several natural bacteria in your vagina start to grow in excess.
Some of the risk factors that can lead to bacterial vaginosis include douching, having multiple sex partners, or if you have a lack of natural lactobacilli bacteria.
Bacterial vaginosis treatment Los Angeles may include one of the following prescribed medications:
- Metronidazole – This pill is taken orally, but is also available as a topical gel that is inserted into your vagina.
- Clindamycin – A cream that is inserted into your vagina. However, this cream can weaken condoms for up to three days after you’ve used it.
- Tinidazole – An oral medication.
It is not necessary for a male partner to seek treatment, but a female sexual partner should. Woman to woman sexual contact can spread BV.
If you are pregnant, it is important to seek bacterial vaginosis treatment Los Angeles to decrease the risk of your child being born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
It is also important that the gel, cream, or oral medication is taken for the entire duration recommended, even if symptoms disappear. Ending treatment early can increase the chance of reoccurrence.
Please call us at (213) 386-2511 or schedule an appointment online if you need bacterial vaginosis treatment Los Angeles.