AV has several typical symptoms that you can identify yourself.
- Odor. It is not like BV with a fishy odor that smells like rotten fish. But there is an unpleasant odor that you know it is an infection. You can insert a cotton swab into the vagina and let it wet and smell it. If it smells bad, you may still have AV, but if it has no unpleasant odor, your AV may be cleared.
- Increased discharge with white, yellow, or grayish color. If your discharge reduces, your AV may be cleared.
- Increased pH to above 4.5 if you are premenopausal or above 5.3 if you are postmenopausal . You can purchase a roll of pH paper from Amazon. The normal range of vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5 for premenopausal or between 4.5 and 5.3 for postmenopausal women (What is the normal range of vaginal pH?). You can insert a cotton swab to let it wet. Then touch it with the pH paper. After the pH paper changes color, you can compare it with the pH color templates on the box. If the pH reading is at or below 4.5 or 5.3, your AV is cleared. How to measure vaginal pH?
- Pain. About difference between BV and AV, BV is not an infection, nor an inflammation. It is an imbalance of the bacterial flora. It has only odor and/or discharge, or itching, but it has no pain. AV is almost always associated with pain, swelling and redness because AV is a true inflammation due to bacterial invasion into the tissue. This is why AV is much harder to clear. But it is easy to tell if your AV is cleared because your pain goes away. If the product works for you, you can immediately tell because your pain is gone and you get your normal life back.
The most common time when you notice your AV is cleared by AV-NIL is on the 3rd or 4th day for a regular case after you use the product daily. It may take a little longer if you have a stubborn case.
**Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. It is about natural products, nutrients, and/or methods for managing discomforts associated with vaginal dysbiosis (not a true infection or disease). It is not medical advice for the treatment of any disease.