Bacterial vaginosis infection has been known to cause several health maladies including spontaneous preterm birth, amniotic fluid infection, preterm labor, pelvic inflammatory disease, spontaneous abortion, preterm premature rupture of the membranes, and uterine infection. Women who have asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis are still just as likely to suffer from one of the aforementioned health maladies. As a result, treatment of bacterial vaginosis should be done as soon as possible to ensure that such health problems do not present themselves during pregnancy.
If you do find yourself exhibiting symptoms there are many different symptoms that can manifest when a woman has developed bacterial vaginosis. These symptoms include:
- A strong “fishy” smelling odor which gets worse following intercourse
- A thin discharge from the vagina with a white or gray appearance
- Irritation and itching in and around the vagina
- Painful sensations during intercourse
- Minor vaginal bleeding
- Burning sensations during urination
Some of these symptoms can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases. If you are unsure what you may have visiting a physician can be helpful in identifying exactly what seems to be bothering you. Visiting a doctor is especially important during pregnancy to make sure you have bacterial vaginosis.
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