Bacterial vaginosis

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What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis refers to an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria, resulting in vaginitis. Symptoms may include a foul smelling discharge, itchiness, inflammation and tenderness of the vaginal and labial area.

Common symptoms reported by people with bacterial vaginosis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bacterial vaginosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flagyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace Vaginal Cream)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)

Data from patients with bacterial vaginosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bacterial vaginosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flagyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial vaginosis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea balance problems 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
confusion worsening depression
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
muscle soreness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness migraine
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial vaginosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace Vaginal Cream)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial vaginosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bacterial vaginosis (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bacterial vaginosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bacterial vaginosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 11
30s 28
40s 13
50s 10
60s 5
70+ 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2
Female 70

These charts show data from bacterial vaginosis patients who have completed their condition history
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