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What is bacterial vaginosis? Is bacterial vaginosis an STD?

After a regular Pap smear at my gynecologist's office, I found out I have an infection called gardenella (bacterial vaginosis). What is it? Is it an STD? I don’t want my husband to get this infection...is that even possible? My husband doesn’t show any signs, but I’m still nervous! Thank you.

Can men get bacterial vaginosis from a female partner?

I was diagnosed with gardnerella vaginitis almost a year ago and I’ve been with the same guy for two years. I still have one symptom of vaginitis...the thick discharge and the last two times we’ve had sex, my fiance’s semen has been thick and white instead of being thin and clear like normal. Is it possible that he has my infection? Can it be transmitted to a man?

I have a burning itch on my vagina. What could it be? Would douching help?

I have a burning itch on my vagina. I live in a hot tropical environment so I’m always sweating, but I do my best to stay clean by washing the area often. I’ve even stopped having sex to prevent any other problems, but that doesn’t seem to help. What could this be? Do you recommend douching?

Since my C-section, I can’t reach orgasm and sex is painful. Can you help?

I’m a 30-year-old female who had my first baby a few months ago by C-section. Before the birth, I was able to achieve orgasms, but now I can’t...and sex is painful. Could the C-section have caused this? My vagina, especially the opening, feels inflamed and burns. I’ve been diagnosed and treated twice now with a non-specific bacterial vaginal infection, and I’m starting to show signs of infection again. I’m getting really discouraged about enjoying sex like I used to before the baby. Any advice?

What causes vaginal discharge to change color and smell bad?

For the past few months, I’ve had vaginal discharge that has an off-color and a pretty bad odor. What is it?