Causes and symptoms of chronic candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis
Candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis are caused by overgrowth and imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Chronic candidiasis occurs when there is too much yeast present, which antibiotics, inflammation, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, or uncontrolled diabetes can bring on. Bacterial vaginosis is often caused by Gardnerella vaginalis, the most common type of bacteria in your vagina, when something disrupts the natural pH level of the vagina. This condition could arise from many factors, including having several sexual partners, vaginal douching, using perfumes or soaps, or any other factors that cause a sustained alteration in the vaginal pH.
Some of the most common symptoms of chronic candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis include the following:
- Sensations of burning, rawness, throbbing, stabbing or aching in the vagina
- Discharge, often with a strong odor or grayish color
- Vaginal itching
- Pain during intercourse
- Chronic pelvic pain