The content here can be syndicated added to your web site. Print Version pdf icon. Bacterial vaginosis BV is a condition that happens when there is too much of certain bacteria in the vagina. This changes the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.
What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis: What Women Need to Know
Bacterial Vaginosis BV is a common vaginal infection. It affects one of every five women of childbearing age. A normal, healthy vagina has mostly healthy or "good" bacteria and very few unhealthy or "bad" bacteria. BV develops when the pH balance or level of acidity in your vagina is upset. This change allows the "bad" bacteria to increase to 1, times more than normal.
Bacterial vaginosis BV is a mild infection in the vagina. BV happens when there are more "bad" bacteria than "good" bacteria in the vagina. BV is the most common vaginal infection affecting young women. Itching and burning are not common signs of bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis, also known as vaginal bacteriosis, is the most common cause of vaginal infection for women of childbearing age. It frequently develops after sexual intercourse with a new partner, and it is rare for a woman to have it if she has never had sexual intercourse. BV is the vaginal infection most likely to affect women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. BV may be present without symptoms, but if symptoms occur, they include vaginal discharge, burning, and itching. Between 50 and 75 percent of women with BV have no symptoms.