The Mystery of BV

questions about STDsIn our modern world, we often expect science to have all the answers for us and for there to be little mystery left. This, of course, isn’t true. While scientists and doctors know a great deal about STDs and sexual health, there are still some conditions that hold a certain amount of mystery, and BV is one of those. BV stands for bacterial vaginosis, which is a condition where there is a disruption in the balance of bacteria in the vagina. This leads to discharge, a fish-like odor, itching, and burning.

What’s so mysterious about it? The big area of confusion is how women get it. What causes the harmful bacteria to take over the vagina? There aren’t clear answers. Experts have pinpointed certain activities that seem to increase the risk of infection. These include having a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, and douching; however, women who have never engaged in sexual intercourse have also become infected with BV. It is also common in pregnant women. What we do know is that you can’t get it from contact with toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or shared objects.

BV is diagnosed by your doctor through an examination and lab test. It can be easily treated with antibiotics and often clears up on its own; however, it is always best to seek treatment. Like other STDs, BV doesn’t always show symptoms, but can cause complications.