Sometimes A Yeast Infection Is Actually Bacterial Vaginosis

by Wendy Wisner
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If you were born with a vagina, you have probably experienced your fair share of … ummmm, let’s call them “vaginal mishaps.” From leaking pee, menstrual period disasters, UTI’s, and the dreaded yeast infection, our vaginas have been through the wringer, at least at one time or another.

One my most dreadful experiences was when I had a yeast infection, because Holy Batman was that shit itchy as hell. And boy oh boy, is there ever an appropriate time to get down there and give your vag a good old scratch-down? Not exactly appropriate dinner table behavior.

Almost all of us have heard of yeast infections, but you might not have heard of bacterial vaginosis (or BV, as it’s affectionately referred to in the medical community). It turns out that BV is actually just as common as yeast infections, and they share some of the same symptoms.

The difference? Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of — you guessed it — yeast, whereas BV is a bacterial infection. Who knew? The other important difference is that yeast infections and BV are treated differently, so that’s why it’s important to go to your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Still confused? Want more info? We’ve got your back (errrr, your vagina). Our very own Madge the Vag sat down with OB/GYN Dr. Angela Jones to discuss the difference between yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.


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