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Bacterial Vaginosis

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Diagnosis

A healthcare provider can examine a sample of vaginal fluid under a microscope, either stained or in special lighting, to look for bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV). Then, they can diagnose BV based on 

  • Absence of lactobacilli bacteria
  • Presence of numerous “clue cells” (cells from the vaginal lining that are coated with BV germs) 
  • Fishy odor 
  • Change from normal vaginal fluid

Last Updated January 31, 2013