Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common causes of vaginitis, and is often asymptomatic. It is also known to be one of the most common reasons for women to seek help about unidentified sexual health problems. More recently, BV has become a global concern due to its increasing association with sexually transmitted infections and ascending genital tract infection.
One third of women will experience bacterial vaginosis (gardnerella vaginalis) at some point in their lives. Although not always transmitted as an STI through sexual intercourse, this infection is most common in sexually active women and is not known to affect men in general. Bacterial vaginosis usually occurs when the delicate natural balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted, which usually occurs as a result of an STI, too much sex during a “honeymoon phase”, scented soaps or strong detergents.
We offer two accurate tests for bacterial vaginosis – a simple Gardnerella vaginalis urine test by PCR or a comprehensive DNA swab test for the three main causes of vaginitis. Simply select your preferred test from the drop-down menu above and click ADD TO CART.
Our bacterial vaginosis tests costs just £50 and contains detailed self-collection instructions as well as a full testing kit. Secure delivery is free of charge.
BV can often be quite a painful infection – if it does show symptoms at all - that coats the walls of the vagina and can cause long-term problems if it is not treated as soon as possible. Common symptoms of this STI include a change in the odour of the menstrual blood or a grey-white vaginal discharge. Read more about BV symptoms here.
Bacterial Vaginosis tests
There are two effective tests available for BV:
- Bacterial Vaginosis Profile (DNA probe/swab test)
- Bacterial Vaginosis urine test
Bacterial Vaginosis Profile
The BV Profile test is a DNA probe-based test for the identification of the three most common causes of vaginitis - Candida species, Gardnerella vaginalis and Trichomonas vaginalis. It allows you to test for early detection of these three pathogens from a single swab sample, for a low price, and is an ideal test for home sample collection.
The BV Profile test is a much more accurate test than other swab tests as it ignores other infections or medications you may be taking at the time. This test kit includes its own specific swab with full detailed instructions for sample collection. Once collected the sample is stable for 3 days, which means that it is safe for you to post to the lab for testing as soon as you provide the sample.
Bacterial Vaginosis urine test
The BV urine test is a simple PCR home sample collection urine test that checks for the presence of the Gardnerella vaginalis bacterium. All you need to do is a provide a small urine sample is the tube provided in the kit and return this sample back to our laboratory.
Alternatively, you can choose to take a Full STI Profile test, which checks for the 8 most common STIs in a single, comprehensive test.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) treatments
The most effective treatment for bacterial vaginosis is metronidazole, as it targets the main symptoms of this condition such as pain, redness and inflammation. This treatment can also be used in cases of adult acne where the skin on the face becomes inflamed.
Bacterial vaginosis can lead to long-term health problems so it’s very important to regularly test for this infection before it is too late. Getting treatment for BV is simple and effective when the infection is in its early stages.
Bacterial Vaginosis FAQs
- What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) – or gardnerella vaginalis – is a bacterial infection that affects mainly women, causing pain to the genital area.
- How is bacterial vaginosis contracted?
BV is not necessarily a sexually transmitted infection, although it mainly occurs in women who are sexually active as it is passed from one infected person to another. BV can also be contracted simply through an imbalance of the normal bacteria in the vagina.
- What are the most common bacterial vaginosis symptoms?
The most common BV symptoms include an increased vaginal discharge and an unpleasant smell.
- How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
BV can be diagnosed through a simple urine test or a swab of the infected area.
- Does BV affect men?
No, bacterial vaginosis is known to only affect women and is more common in women who have had a form of birth control implanted, such as an IUD.