Across multiple cases spreading over more than one walk of my life, I have seen sufficiently high number of women confused about their “vaginal bacteriosis” – and more so because they have heard “bacterial vaginosis” but not this one. So the prominent question looming large in their minds is, whether these two vaginal infections are all the same or whether there is a difference in the two?
The short answer to this is: they are all the same. This is purely a jargon issue and to the best of my knowledge they are absolutely the same – some calling the infection by one name and some others calling it with another name. But it is the same microbe affecting the same organ (the female genitalia) in the same way for the same causes with the same symptoms having the same health impacts and having identical BV treatments, both traditional and natural. So all I am saying is that vaginosis, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal bacteriosis all are the same, and they are all a form of vaginitis. And by the way, this infection is also known as BV in short.
By the way, not to create more confusion, vaginitis is a class of vaginal problems seen in females caused by external micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast etc. And the most common form of vaginitis is vaginal bacteriosis aka bacterial vaginosis. That should clear up a lot of minds still confused between the two problems and trying to decipher the jargons of health and microbes.
Remember, BV is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Just because you had sex with multiple partners, you are not going to run into bacterial vaginosis. What may happen though is that if you have a BV, then the process of sexual interaction may cause itch and burn in you, and you may feel a need for urination. And if you have urinary track infection also then that might be more painful. Although vaginal bacteriosis is not a STD, women of the sexually active age tend to get the problem. The reason for this is not particularly clear yet, but the cause could be associated with the acidity levels of the vaginal lubrication system.
One of the primary genus of bacteria that help maintain the healthy vaginal environment is Lactobacillus. There are a few species of of this bacteria expected to reside in the vagina and form the vaginal flora. This is what is referred to as good bacteria. Now when the good bacteria is reduced because of changed conditions of acidity inside the vagina and the bad bacteria takes over, the condition is said to be a case of bacterial vaginosis or vaginal bacteriosis. In this situation, the acidity of the vagina drops and the good bacteria (governed by Lactobacillus) is ruled over by other undesirable bacteria. There are different kinds of bac bacteria that could grow inside the vagina in this phase but the fact remains that these offending bacteria cause the entire problem of vaginosis.
So now that I have made an introduction to vaginal bacteriosis and made a brief introduction to the root cause of the problem, it is time for you to head over to the page of bacterial vaginosis symptoms to understand how to start suspecting the existence of this infection in your body, and then read up the causes of BV in more detail to understand your next steps.
Understand the problem carefully and act upon it prudently. Work on eliminating the root cause of the infection rather than blindly trying to kill the microbes using antibiotics. With a careful approach, your vaginal bacteriosis will disappear soon enough if your reproductive system is infected with the menace currently. Focus on the treating bacterial vaginitis (vaginosis) by eliminating the root cause rather than the symptoms. That’s giong to reap rich rewards over time.