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BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS   This is a female only STI and is not passed on by sex. However, it is classed as an STI as it can be caused by semen staying in the vagina after sex. The symptoms are:

A change in normal discharge: this can mean you have more, it becomes thinner or has an unusual smell. If you notice any change though it is best to go and get it checked out anyway.

The cause of this is basically an imbalance in the PH levels of the vagina and you should try to protect against this by not using perfumed soap products. Smoking can also increase the risk of this STI.

If you think you may have this go to a doctor or GUM clinic where a swab will be taken from the vagina or you will have a urine test. The treatment will simply be a course of antibiotics. There is also a cream that is sometimes used as treatment but this can affect latex so it is best not to have sex during treatment if you are prescribed this as the protection may not work if you use a barrier method of contraception.

This STI can go away on its own, sometimes without you even knowing you had it, however it is best to get treated so it goes away quicker. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and worried you are suffering from this then please tell the midwife as there may be some complications although these are unlikely.
 

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