According to medical experts and gynecologists, bacterial vaginosis rarely causes vaginal bleeding and clotting. If such symptoms do occur, it is highly recommended that a woman should consult a doctor.
The disease is a vaginal infection attributed to an excessive growth of bacteria present in the vagina. The infection usually attacks women of reproductive age and has a common symptom of producing a fishy odor discharge. Experts mention that the only instance that bleeding may occur while a patient has an untreated infection are when a vaginal inflammation or a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) occurs.
An inflamed vagina caused by bacterial vaginosis will have the tendency to have its skin around its opening and within becoming tender thus any excessive or vigorous rubbing will result in bleeding. Particularly affected are the vagina’s walls which are the reason why women notice bleeding after sexual intercourse. The bleeding gets worse when unusual symptoms appear such as itchy sore patches around the vaginal opening and vulva, resulting in tearing or breaking of the skin.
If such symptoms occur, it is highly recommended that the patient keeps the broken skin clean and free from infection, avoid any further irritation, and immediately consult a medical practitioner to know exactly where the blood is coming from.
An untreated bacterial vaginosis might, over time, raise the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is a different health condition. PID usually presents vaginal bleeding as one of its symptoms especially during or after sexual intercourse. There are many medicals conditions that may lead to abnormal vaginal bleeding such as reproductive system issues, an infection, a hormonal issue or medical problem. A menopausal woman bearing any of the mentioned symptoms should consult a doctor the soonest.
Instances, where light bleeding or spotting is considered normal, are when the period of menstruation has been over after a few days, when teenagers start to menstruate, when females take birth-control pills, and when a woman approaches the menopausal stage.
Blood clots occur when a mass or clump of blood physically changes from its liquid form to a solid form in order to stop a bleeding. In some instances, excessive or abnormal blood clotting may occur due to certain genetic disorders, atherosclerosis, being overweight or when one is a chronic smoker. When blood clots appear during the occurrence of bacterial vaginosis, medical experts consider the situation more because of bleeding and not as a direct consequence or symptom of the disease.
Bleeding caused by a tear due to a scratch on a tender and itchy part of the vagina or due to the presence of PID would eventually result in clotting.
Despite instances of abnormal blood clotting called thrombophilia, most pregnant women with blood clotting problems undergo healthy deliveries but for some, they may require taking blood thinners in order to have a safe childbirth.
To conclude, bleeding and blood clots are not symptoms of bacterial vaginosis with bleeding as an indication of the probable presence of another disease and the clotting only as a result of the bleeding. Immediate medical attention is recommended by medical experts to rule out any other possibilities.