What Are The Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?
If you haven’t heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV), you’re not alone. Many women don’t know that vaginal infections are most commonly caused by bacteria rather than yeast (in the case of a vaginal yeast infection) and trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection). BV is the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age and is caused by certain bacteria leading to a pH imbalance in your vagina.
Most Women With BV Experience Symptoms Such As:
- Fishy or unpleasant odour
- Watery discharge
- Grayish white looking discharge
- Worsening of the above after sex or during your period
Everyone is different, so some women who have BV may not suffer from any symptoms. Do remember, BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and it should not cause you any soreness or irritation.
When Should I See My Doctor About BV?
If you are suffering from BV for the first time or if you are pregnant, make an appointment to see your doctor. BV may cause complications, especially in the course of pregnancy and childbirth, but with the help of your doctor you’ll be able to manage it properly.