Skip navigation! Illustrated by Ly Ngo. By Kendall McKenzie. You should always see a health care provider when you have discomfort or unusual symptoms. But, in the meantime, check out this handy guide to what happens when our goodies go bad.
Are over-the-counter medications effective in treating both? ANSWER: Bacterial vaginosis , or BV, and vaginal yeast infections may have some symptoms that seem similar, but they have different causes and require different treatment. Over-the-counter remedies are available for a yeast infection. BV typically requires prescription medication.
It might not be a yeast infection. Test before you treat with the same one-step test used by doctors. Every year, millions of cases of vaginitis vaginal inflammation affect women of all ages, but they are especially susceptible during the reproductive years. Fluctuating hormonal levels, bacteria, and sexual activities are just a few of the most common reasons women experience vaginal discomfort. Symptoms for all three can include some form of vaginal discharge, itching, and irritation, so it is important to understand how they are different and require specialized treatment.
NCBI Bookshelf. The vagina is a unique environment for bacterial colonization. It is subject to dramatic changes over the course of a lifetime, induced by developmental and hormonal changes.