Bacterial Vaginosis or BV as it is usually referred to, is responsible for more than 40% of all vaginal conditions. The name may not be as familiar to us as thrush but it is more common and unlike yeast infection is bacterial. It is so common in fact, that people often believe a strong vaginal odour, a common symptom, to be acceptable and normal.

Bacterial Vaginosis support facilities will offer many different cures and suggestions but all agree on one important point, BV is a condition of the vagina and caused by an abnormal imbalance of the bacteria that live in the vagina.

The vaginal micro flora is finely balanced to protect against harmful germs. Lactobacilli are important bacteria that help to keep the vagina slightly acidic. This type of ‘friendly’ bacteria and the environment they produce, not only regulate and protect against fungi and infection but also prevent harmful bacteria reaching the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Problems arise when normally small numbers of bacteria join together, multiply abnormally and reduce the lactobacilli majority causing a ph imbalance and can eventually cause Bacterial Vaginosis discharge, which is probably the most irritating symptom of the condition.

It is not definitively known what causes these lesser bacteria to group together, increase and destroy the protective bacteria but there are many theories and research continues.

Bacterial Vaginosis is known to affect at least one in ten women at some time in their lives. As more than 50 % of women diagnosed do not suffer from any symptoms and the condition is only discovered when being examined for other reasons, the number of women infected may be significantly higher. Until there is a way of diagnosing all sufferers it is impossible to carry out properly conclusive studies to tell us exactly what causes the bacterial imbalance.

As with all ailments, understanding and diagnosing the condition is a giant step towards curing. Know your body and recognise any significant changes. Gather as much knowledge as you can. There are many useful websites that will explain the various bacterial vaginosis medications available and remember that when trying to restore a natural balance a natural remedy is usually best.

There is no doubt that restoring the vaginal ph balance will cure the condition. The main goal is to get relief from the extreme discomfort caused by bacterial vaginosis symptoms and a little bit of research will help you discover the perfect cure for you.