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Signs of Bacterial Vaginosis You Should Never Ignore
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Signs of Bacterial Vaginosis You Should Never Ignore

BV is usually caused by abnormal bacterial growth in the vagina and causes a number of symptoms.

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The vagina naturally contains different kinds of bacteria and they're usually in a balance but when there is an overgrowth it can result in a condition called bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV happens certain kinds types of bacteria are present in greater amounts than normal. The "bad" bacteria can grow so much that they can be present in levels that are 100 to 1,000 times more than usual. Those who are sexually active may have a higher risk of experiencing the condition. 

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It's best to get treated as soon as possible as BV can increase a person's susceptibility to other STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Multiple sexual partners and douching may increase the risk of acquiring bacterial vaginosis. If you’re pregnant, it can also increase your risk of early delivery. There's also an association between BV and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility and tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. PID can affect fertility and increase the risk for premature delivery if you’re pregnant. The tricky part is that sometimes BV doesn't show any symptoms but when it does it can include a number of them, reports Healthline. Let's look at some of them.