Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
Thrush gets all the attention, but bacterial vaginosis is also very common among women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 12% of Australian women1.
If you are a woman and are between 15 and 44 years of age, you are in the group most at risk of bacterial vaginosis (or BV for short). It is the most common cause of vaginal infections, but fortunately it's also simply treated.
BV is caused by a change in the pH balance in your vagina. When this happens, natural good bacteria (lactobacilli) in your vagina can be replaced by overgrowing”harmful” bacteria, leading to bacterial vaginosis.
1. Bradshaw CS, Walker J, Fairley CK, Chen MY, Tabrizi SN, et al. (2013) Prevalent and Incident Bacterial Vaginosis Are Associated with Sexual and Contraceptive Behaviours in Young Australian Women.