What Are the Differences Between Bacterial Vaginosis and a Yeast Infection?

Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast infections, such as thrush, may have similar symptoms but the cause and therefore the cure are very different. Put simply, Bacterial Vaginosis or BV is caused by a bacteria or bacterial imbalance and a yeast infection is cased by a yeast imbalance or excessive growth of vaginal fungi. BV is the more common of the two conditions, affecting more than ten percent of the female population. It often presents no symptoms and often goes undetected.

When symptoms are presented, they can range from mild to chronic and like a yeast infection sore inflamed skin around the vagina and vulva can cause severe discomfort. Sufferers of Bacterial Vaginosis and yeast infections may suffer from an unusual or abnormal vaginal discharge and it is by examining the discharge that we discover the main difference that makes correct, immediate diagnoses possible.

Bacterial Vaginosis discharge is usually thin, greyish in colour and extremely foul smelling. Women who have a yeast infection will find that the discharge they have is thick, curd like, white and usually odour less.

Although soreness and itching can be a symptom of both infections, they are more likely to be suffered by those women with a yeast infection. Both ailments are equally unpleasant and need to be treated as soon as possible if you want to prevent the condition worsening or causing long-term damage.

Neither BV nor yeast infections are classed as sexually transmitted diseases. Bacterial Vaginosis, however, seldom affects virgins or women outside of 'child bearing' age. Thrush or other yeast infections can occur at any stage of a woman's life. It is wise to ask your partner to consider using some form of Bacterial Vaginosis treatment or anti fungal remedy if you are having frequent re-occurrence or re-infection. Applying a cream or herbal preparation for a few days will usually do the trick.

Ironically, prescription antibiotics, often used to treat Bacterial Vaginosis can actually disrupt the natural vaginal yeast balance and leave the vagina prone to a yeast infection. It is obviously more sensible to opt for natural or homeopathic remedies when treating either condition or work towards restoring the natural balances instead of disturbing one in order to 'fix' the other.