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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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What causes bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an inflammation caused by overgrowth of vaginal bacteria.

There is no determined cause for BV, but some activities can increase your risk of infection, like:

  • Frequent douching
  • Inability to produce good lactobacilli bacteria
  • Sexual activity
  • Smoking

To lower your risk of getting BV you should:

  • Avoid douching
  • Clean your genital area with only water
  • Have you and your partner tested for STI’s
  • Use a condom during intercourse
  • Wipe from front to back
What are the symptoms of BV?

The symptoms are minor, or do not show at all. If symptoms do occur, you might notice:

  • Burning feeling when you urinate
  • Fishy vaginal smell that’s stronger after sex
  • Grey, white, or green discharge

BV is often confused with yeast infections, but it is a unique condition. Typical symptoms of a yeast infection include general irritation or itching around the vaginal area and thick, white, odourless discharge.

How does BV get treated?

Many cases of BV tend to go away on their own, and do not require treatment.

You should see a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of BV, and:

  • You’re pregnant
  • You’ve experienced vaginal infections before, but the colour and consistency of your discharge is different
  • You’ve had multiple sex partners or a new partner
  • Your symptoms continue after treatment
  • You have vaginal discharge that’s new and associated with an odour
  • Avoid sexual activity until your BV is treated

When symptoms do occur, antibiotics are typically prescribed.

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Dr. Peter Iracleous

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Dr. Paul Medve

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Dr. Donald Ginsberg

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Dr. Tristan Snider

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Tanja Vlahovich

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Gita Kruger

Family & Urgent Care, Calgary

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With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Can a doctor help treat BV on Maple?

In most cases, a Maple doctor can diagnose BV online by asking about your symptoms. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they will be able to diagnose and prescribe appropriate medication.

If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest you go to a clinic for a thorough in-person physical examination.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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