As a matter of fact, there are so many women that still really do not know very much about the condition called bacterial vaginosis and even less when it comes to the bacterial vaginosis causes. Although the medical science hasn’t reached a definitive conclusion as to what the real cause is, they are pretty sure that they are beginning to understand these causes and why they happen. As soon as we know what the true causes are, it will be possible to prevent them once and for all.
What most experts and other medical professionals do agree on is that one of the main causes of this condition probably is an imbalance in the bacterial levels in the vagina. In normal cases the vagina contains a blend of what is considered as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. When something happens that causes the ‘bad’ bacteria to overgrow and overwhelm the ‘good’ then the condition will occur.
Then the next question is obvious; what makes these ‘bad’ bacteria overgrow? What we’re asking for actually is what is causing the bacterial vaginosis causes? As already mentioned, the medical science hasn’t reached a definitive conclusion yet, but recently published research pinpoints the imbalance occurring as a result of a change in the pH balance of the vagina.
A ‘good’ bacteria such as Lactobacillus is a specie that thrives in the optimal vaginal pH balance of around 3.5-4.2, which is slightly acidic. Then we have the ‘bad’ bacteria like for example Gardnerella vaginallis which is considered to be the main cause of the bacterial vaginosis condition. It thrives in a more alkaline environment at pH levels of 4.3 and above. This is why doctors and other medical professionals are beginning to think that pH balance in the vagina is the ultimate starting point of the causes of this unpleasant condition.
You can’t know what the pH balance of your vagina is just by looking at it or feeling it. You can check your pH balance is by going to your doctor or by checking it yourself with specially made pH balance strips that you can purchase at any health supplies store.
Because of lack of hard evidence – some causes can be very hard to prove – the medical profession hesitates to come out and ultimately state that this is the true cause of bacterial vaginosis. In this case, the medical profession has neither been able to prove that the pH imbalance causes bacterial vaginosis, nor that the bacterial vaginosis causes the pH imbalance, according to the strict requirements such proof must adhere to.