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1. A bacteria, also known as: Haemophilus-vaginalis / Gardnerella-vaginalis / Corynebacterium vaginalis , that is the most common cause of bacterial-vaginosis .

2. The infection itself, also known as: vaginitis / bacterial-vaginosis , which occurs when the bacterial balance that normally exists in the vagina is upset. SYMPTOMS: Although frequently asymptomatic, it is estimated that 40% of women seen at STD clinics are infected . A thin, smelly discharge ; redness, itching , and irritation of the vagina , making sexual-intercourse uncomfortable. Even when no signs are apparent, affected women may have an unpleasant-smelling and frothy greenish, yellow , or white discharge , pain and itching . Women who have been infected are more than twice as likely to develop tubal adhesions that may lead to infertility . TREATMENT: The most common treatment is oral metronidazole (Flagyl). This drug is very risky for pregnant women and must not be taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

See Also: B.V., bacterial vaginosis, gardnerella, Haemophilus vaginalis, monilia, vaginitis

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