Bacterial Vaginosis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Urinary Tract Infection

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Urinary Tract Infection, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Bacterial Vaginosis.

Bacterial Vaginosis is when there is an increase in the harmful bacteria found in people with vagina’s and it most commonly occurs in those that are sexually active. Sometimes patients present with no symptoms and sometimes they have thin white or gray vaginal discharge that smells fishy and itching and pain when urinating. These symptoms are very common across many other conditions such as urinary tract infections, yeast infection and sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhoea which can result with misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. If left untreated bacterial vaginosis can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can cause infertility. Bacterial vaginosis can cause serious complications in pregnancy with preterm delivery, and the baby can have a low birth weight.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Burning when peeing, thin gray or white vaginal discharge, pain, burning in the vagina, a strong fish-like smell, vaginal itching

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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