Bacterial vaginosis or BV is one of the causes of vaginal discharge and odour that makes women seek medical help. This condition happens due to an imbalance in vaginal flora, that results in an overgrowth of “bad“ bacteria. Besides uncomfortable symptoms, if left untreated BV can increase the risk of acquiring an STD such as HIV or herpes.
Most women know how to take care of their intimate area. “The vagina cleanses itself”, “don’t wash your vagina with soap”, “wear cotton underwear” and “always wipe from the front to the back”. Taking proper care of your intimate area could prevent discomforts, or so is believed. However, is this really the case?