Hi there and welcome BV stands for bacterial vaginosis. It is a bacterial infection of the vagina and needs antibiotics to treat. BV often doesn't itch like a yeast infection but has a very foul, fishy odor. Discharge is present but it is more watery and greyish in color.
Hm, are you sure you got this from using harsh soap? Why do you think that?
BV isn't an STD per se but actually it passes from partner to partner. Often they give the male partner the same round of antibiotics that they give the female if she has a reoccurance as they can pass it back and forth. BV can be hard to eradicate and most do require antibiotic treatment.
Now, yeast is common if the natural flora of the vagina is disturbed such as in use of medication and such that kills off 'good bacteria'.
I also wanted to comment that when one has trouble with BV, they recommend wearing cotton underwear and changing it anytime you are sweaty like after exercising. The lack of air trapped in a damp space causes an anaerobic condition that is prime for the growth of the bacteria found in BV. They culture for it quite easily on a routine ob/gyn appt. if one has the symptoms. good luck
Well my doc said it was probably from using harsh soap when she diagnosed me. I continued having sex with my boyfriend throughout treatment and nothing happened. You do have a point about sex playing a part though- we had been long distance and recently connected again, and I basically went from NEVER having sex, to having sex all the time. The sperm/imbalance of pH could have played a part as well.
But I guess what I'm saying is, you can get it from seemingly harmless things.
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