Bacterial vaginosis, or BV for short, is aninfection of the vagina that develops when the normal balance of vaginal bacteria isdisrupted. BV is the most common vaginal infectionwomen of childbearing age. Examples of activities that change the normalbacterial balance include douching, taking antibiotics, wearing an intrauterine deviceor IUD, and having unprotected sexual activity. BV is more commonsexually active womenthannonsexually active women, but it is not considered a sexually transmitted diseaseor STD. The main symptom of BV is a thin vaginal dischargethat appears grayish white and smells of fish,
especially after sexual activity. Other symptomsmay include burning when urinating, itching around the outside of the vagina, and irritation.These symptoms may also be caused by another type of infection, so it is important to seea . Many women with BV have no symptoms at all. BV is often diagnosed based on a pelvic examand symptoms, however certain tests can help confirm the diagnosis. BV will sometimes go away without treatment.Your healthcare provider may choose to treat it with antibiotics if your symptoms persist.
Vagina Warning Signs that Your Vagina is Unhealthy
Warning Signs that Your Vagina is Unhealthy1. Itching Burning A constant itching and burning sensation indiesthe onset of a number of vaginal infections. When the harmful bacteria outnumber the goodbacteriathe vagina, the imbalance manifests itself through the physical symptom of itchingand burning. A certain amount of yeast is essential toward off harmful bacteriathe vaginal area. However, an overproduction of yeast can resultin a yeast infection, causing symptoms that include itching and burning.
An inflammatory sensation and itching withoutany foul odor emanating from the vagina are signs of a yeast infection, according to a2004 study publishedThe Journal of the American Medical Association. Itching can also be a reaction to chemicalsor ingredientssoaps, creams, contraceptive foams and prepackaged douching mixtures. These mixtures can alter the bacterial balanceand acidity of the vagina that protect it against infections. 2.
Smelly Discharge Itï¿½s unlikely for your vagina to smell likea bed of roses, but if you notice a recurrent strong odor, one that even transfers to yourundergarments, it might be a sign of an infection. An excess of harmful bacteria causes bacterialvaginosis. A foulsmelling vaginal discharge is oftenthe first and most common symptom of this infection. A ï¿½fishy odorï¿½ is one of the major symptomsof bacterial vaginosis, according to a 2011 study publishedthe International Journalof Womenï¿½s Health.
This discharge may especially occur afterintercourse. Pregnant women who contract bacterial vaginosisrun a risk of delivering their baby prematurely, according to the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention. It also increases the risk of contractingsexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and may sometimes lead to pelvic inflammatorydisease. Therefore, seek medical attention right awayif you notice a vaginal odor. 3. Discoloration Excessive Discharge
Vaginal discharge is the bodyï¿½s naturalmechanism to keep the vagina lubried and flush out harmful bacteria. Normal vaginal discharge ï¿½ clear or whiteand does not give off a bad odor. A brown or red discharge that occurs rightafter a menstrual cycle is usually not a matter of concern. However, if you experience brown or red dischargeon normal days between periods, seek medical attention as it could be indiive of cervicalcancer. If it occurs during early pregnancy, it couldsignify a miscarriage.
A green or yellow, smelly and frothlike dischargeis not normal and may be a sign of trichomoniasis, an STD. A watery white, gray or yellow discharge mightbe a symptom of bacterial vaginosis. While the amount of discharge differs fromwoman to woman, recurrent and excessive discharge may also indie bacterial vaginosis. Seek medical attention right away if you noticea discolorationyour vaginal discharge. 4. Abnormal Bleeding
Discharge Vaginal Female Perineal Wash PostCare Basic Center
Once each day, or according to your 'sinstructions, you will need to clean the urethral meatus the opening where the heter enters the body. The procedure to do this is as follows.Wash and y your hands. Discard the paper towel into the trash.On a tray covered with paper towels, assemble the following equipment: * a pair of disposable gloves* a bed protector * a sealable plastic storage bag* a basin of warm water with a pump of liquid soapit* (2) clean washcloths and a clean hand towel.
* Place the equipment tray on a stable surfaceadjacent to the bed. Remove the bed covers, but keep the patientwarm with a blanket. Wash and y your hands.Put on your disposable gloves. Place the bed protector under the patient'sthighs to keep the bed y. Over your dominant hand, fold a washclothinto a mitt and squeeze itthe warm soapy water.For the female, separate the labia the folds of skin surrounding the vulva.Clean one side of the labia with the warm, soapy mitt, stroking from top to bottom.Squeeze the mittthe soap solution and
clean the other side.Squeeze the mittthe soap solution and clean the first 4 inches of the heter.Discard the mitt and y the vulva and heter with the clean towel.To make the patient more comfortable, the perineum and anus can now be cleaned.Use the second washcloth as a mitt, wash from top to bottom taking great care not to touchthe previously washed areas and the heter or tubes.y the area carefully with the towel, again avoiding the previously washed areas.Remove the bed protector. Check that the heter and tubes are correctlyplaced.
Remove your gloves and discard them into theplastic storage bag. Replace the bed covers. Take the equipment tray into the bathroom,place the washcloths and towel into the washer, seal the plastic bag and discard it into thetrash. Clean the basin, which held the warm soapywater and y it with a paper towel. Wash and y the bed protector. Wash and yyour hands.