How do I Know if I Have a Yeast Infection or if I Have Bacterial Vaginosis?

Both look very similar and the ideal thing to do is to see a doctor. They know what both infections look like, they can do a swab test to be looked at in a lab to check to see if there is fungus or bacteria, and they can discuss treatment options with you. They can also check to see if it is something else completely like an STD.

Age is a factor in these infections – yeast infections can affect anyone, whereas Bacterial Vaginosis tends to affect women in the childbearing years. Here is a list of common symptoms that sufferers of either infection may have, and next to it whether it is a yeast infection symptoms, a B.V symptoms or both.

  • Itching – both
  • Burning – both
  • White cottage cheese like discharge – Yeast infection
  • Grey or yellowish discharge – Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Thin discharge – Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Irritation – both
  • Swelling – both
  • Pain during sex and when urinating – both
  • Fishy odor – Bacterial vaginosis
  • Yeasty or no odor – Yeast infection

As well as the symptoms you can also look at the pH of the vagina. There are home tests you can buy for this. If your vagina comes out with a pH above 4.5 this could be B.V. If it comes out as normal it could be a yeast infection, as yeast infections do not change the pH.

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