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Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) diagnosis involves assessing symptoms, pelvic examination, microscopic analysis of discharge for clue cells, and pH testing.

  • 05 Mar 2024
  • 2 min read

The topic under discussion may be something awkward for many, but it is a common problem among women, and it is bacterial vaginosis or BV. This condition is one of the most common vaginal problems that cause discomfort and may lead to difficulties if not managed promptly. An accurate bacterial vaginosis diagnosis is critical to getting the proper treatment. Let’s discuss how medical professionals go about making this vaginitis diagnosis. 

What is the Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis can be tricky to diagnose. As a patient, you'd typically notice some unusual discharge, maybe an odour that wasn't there before. Making your doctor aware of such symptoms is the first step.


When you meet your doctor, they will ask you some questions - Are you experiencing any pain or itching? Have you noticed changes after having sex? They want to understand what's going on. Then comes the pelvic examination. It may not be a comfortable experience, but it enables the doctor to check for anything unusual.


The doctor may then take a quick swab of the vaginal discharge to check under a microscope. If they see clue cells - vaginal cells covered in bacteria - they diagnose you with bacterial vaginosis. Finally, the doctor will use a pH strip to determine how acidic the vaginal discharge is. If it's higher than normal, it suggests the area is infected and needs immediate medical intervention.


BV is a condition you need not be alarmed of, especially if no symptoms show. It is “self-limiting”, or something that will go away on its own. However, it’s always better to be cautious, as BV has been linked with miscarriages, premature labour, and low infant birth weight. Further, be safe by securing health insurance plan, as such a policy will always be minding your back! 


Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.



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