Women love to talk about themselves while chatting among friends about their health and personal problems, but, these days not so much. You could always guarantee sex and health be the main topics of conversation during a coffee break. It’s funny though how the vaginal infection, bacterial vaginosis, is hardly ever talked about. Could this be because these women simply don’t enough about it to make some interesting small talk?
Bacterial Vaginosisd (BV)
Normal discharge is a clear or whitish fluid in appearance which helps remove bad matter and old cells.
Not every woman will lose the same amount of vaginal discharge in a day, so if you have a worrying discharge and out with the girls be careful who you confide in. Women want to help and will likely give you a rundown of their own experience, however, we all suffer differently so you’d be wise not to take any advice on board even if given with good intentions to protect yourself.
It’s never a smart thing to do listening to others and making assumptions and then acting on it. The condition you might think is BV may not be that. Bacterial vaginosis is not something to panic about like a lot of women do, with most thinking they’re dirty because of a smelly discharge … stop right there, how far from the truth this is.
Discharge related to BV comes runny and greyish with a fishy smell. Other typical symptoms are burning when passing urine. An investigation will happen to rule out a vaginal yeast infection or sexually transmitted disease (trichomoniasis) if irritation and itch are present.
Cause: BV happens as a result of an overgrowth of bad bacteria inside the vagina. There is nonetheless a good bacteria that release bactericidal chemicals that fight back at the bad bacteria preventing it growing and spreading.
Women tend to practice different methods to clear the infection, such as, douching and taking antibiotics which is not advisable as both can destroy good bacteria. (Speak with a GP about this).
Good bacteria is a vital asset to the vagina and if destroyed it can’t serve its purpose of keeping bad bacteria to a minimum. If there is an opening the bad bacteria will multiply. At this point, the glands inside the vagina secrete extra fluid to remove overgrown bacteria which is responsible for the increase in discharge, where now, odour happens due to a mix of bad bacteria and fluid.
Menstruation: A prolonged monthly bleed is not normal. Menstrual blood is slightly alkaline and can decrease acidity in the vagina leaving a gateway for BV.
Sex: Semen, again alkaline in nature can upset the acidic balance of the vagina making way for BV.
Hygiene: Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement to prevent E.coli from passing inside the vagina from the rectum.
Tight garments and wet underwear: Neither are good as both cause obstruction stopping air getting to the vagina.
Cut out cigarettes and alcohol: A study found women who smoke and drink were a lot more vulnerable to getting bacterial vaginosis. Supposedly alcohol and tobacco products intoxicate the body weakening the immune system.
Diet: Healthy eating boosts the immune system so it better fights infection, rather than struggle to fight it. Vitamin supplements and whole fruits are good, however, whole fruits have the edge over supplements for providing essential vitamins and minerals.
Foods rich in sugar and fats encourage bacteria growth.
If by chance you’re out with friends having a coffee and want to share your experience to help a friend suffering from BV be sure to keep it as a conversation topic rather than it coming across as a consultation because that is the doctor’s job… remember not every woman is the same!
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