Bacterial vaginosis is a disease or a common infection that affect women. It is not a sexually transmitted disease and is known to occur when there is an abundance of bacteria. It can occur due to smoking, douching and some other lifestyle factors. Everyone has bacteria, but there are good bacteria and bad bacteria, when there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria it can lead to this infection. It is characterized by a fishy smell and by a discharge that occurs.
Around an estimated 10% to 30% of women will have this disease at some point in their lives. It is not a life threatening disease but is generally recommended to get it checked and treated as early as possible.
Treatments for bacterial vaginosis range from home remedies to over the counter and prescribed drugs.
Most of the milder cases can safely be treated at home but for extreme cases it is highly recommended to see a doctor. Normally antibiotics are prescribed and these have to be taken orally once or twice a day.