A to Z: Bacterial Vaginosisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgBacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection in the vagina.bacterial vaginosis, vaginosis, vagina, vaginal infection, infection, STI, STD, sexually transmitted10/26/201203/22/201909/02/201939c4b3a6-219b-4b9d-971f-c6d54e36b776https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bv.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: BV; Vaginosis</strong></p> <p>Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">vagina</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance between normal "good" bacteria and harmful "bad" bacteria in the vagina is out of balance. It can cause symptoms like itching, burning, an abnormal discharge, or a bad odor. Some girls with BV notice a thin white or gray discharge, sometimes with a bad, fishy smell that's more noticeable after having sex. However, many girls have few symptoms and don't realize they have an infection.</p> <p>Girls who've never had sex can also get BV. Bacterial vaginosis is not considered a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">sexually transmitted infection disease (STD)</a>, but the chances of developing it seem to increase with the number of sexual partners a girl has. And having BV can increase the&nbsp;risk for developing STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs), such as genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>BV is the most common vaginal infection affecting young women. The usual treatment for BV is prescription antibiotics (pills, vaginal creams, or suppositories). Infections like BV are one reason why girls who are having sex need to get regular gynecological checkups and STD tests.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Bacterial VaginosisBV is the most common vaginal infection. Although it's a mild infection, it can cause serious problems if it's not treated. Find out how to recognize BV and what to do about it in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bv.html/822cd7f0-caaa-409b-87d3-65997b6f5181
Gyn CheckupsGirls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit -- and why most girls don't get internal exams.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obgyn.html/55d0d193-7166-402f-b766-14a4d4cfe970
Questions and Answers About SexAnswering kids' questions about sex is a responsibility many parents dread. But by answering these questions honestly, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/questions-sex.html/485798a6-94af-4df6-94fb-b2395202a3f8
STDsParents should learn about the most common STDs, how they spread, and how they're diagnosed and treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/1bf6f5c6-ce88-44a0-8a3d-14a1b6756c1d
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/587b3e0c-bd0d-4d3c-93fa-6e8b38768ac2
Vaginal Discharge: What's Normal, What's NotNormal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina and helping to prevent infections. But sometimes discharge indicates there's a problem. Get the facts on what's normal and what's not.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vdischarge2.html/93bd9b47-57d7-46a0-aebf-11294dcda416
Vaginal Yeast InfectionsWhat are vaginal yeast infections? Can anything be done to prevent them?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/yeast-infections.html/478f4ae9-3eaf-476b-a76b-9ad1e0cafb7a
Your Daughter's First Gynecology VisitThe idea of going to the gynecologist may make your daughter feel nervous. Here's how to make her feel more comfortable about a well-woman visit.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-gyn.html/a7f6d99d-d704-4a3b-ab02-da05b9ac2643
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