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Bacterial vaginosis
Pathology
Type

Infection

Cause(s)

Usually over-agressive douching or having several sexual partners

Symptoms

White discharge from vagina, unpleasant smell, mild itching

Mortality Rate

None

Treatments

Antibiotics

Show Information
Appearances

Top Secret

  [Source]

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by a change in the makeup of the bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. It can be associated with any of a number of bacteria.

The vagina normally contains bacteria, which have the beneficial side-effect of staving off yeast infection. However, when conditions are changed through frequent cleaning of the vagina or frequent sexual intercourse, this natural balance can change and different types of bacteria not normally present can proliferate. These bacteria cause an unpleasant smell, a change in acidity and mild inflammation.

Metronidazole is the antibiotic of choice for treatment.

The condition is often asymptomatic and benign. However, it can lead to increased succeptibility to STDs and complications during pregnancy.

In Top Secret, John Kelley developed bacterial vaginosis in his mouth.  However, most researchers believe that bacterial vaginosis is limited to the vagina and cannot affect your mouth.

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