Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

The majority of women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) report no signs or symptoms at all. In fact, between 50% and 85% of women affected with the condition are unaware that they have the BV. When symptoms are detected, the two most common indicators include vaginal discharge and an unmistakable odor. Symptoms of bacteria vaginosis include:

a) Vaginal Discharge:

While the amount of vaginal discharge for every woman varies, any change is considered abnormal and should be brought to the attention of a doctor. The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is vaginal discharge, which usually appears grayish white or yellow, and is typically of a thin consistency. It is significant to note that 1 out of 3 women will describe their bacterial vaginosis discharge as being yellow.

b) Unpleasant Odor:

Another indicator of bacterial vaginosis is the distinct scent that often accompanies changes in vaginal discharge. This odor also worsens after sexual intercourse.

An accurate diagnosis is needed to identify bacterial vaginosis because there are many different ailments that share the symptoms of vaginal discharge and odor, including some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) [1].

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c) Burning:

When urinating, a woman may experience a burning sensation.

d) Itching:

Bacterial vaginosis can cause itching around the outside of the vagina. Sometimes, this symptom is accompanied with pain during urination [2]. Itching is not considered a typical symptom of bacterial vaginosis.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis differ for every female. However, pregnant women are more prone to the infection because of the hormonal changes that take place in the body. The vaginal environment of an expectant woman provides the ideal conditions for bacteria and overproduction of yeast to take place.

Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis

Only your doctor can provide a definite diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis, as there are other conditions that share some of the same symptoms. Sexually transmitted diseases often confused with bacterial vaginosis include urinary tract infection, vaginal yeast infection, and especially trichomoniasis.


6 Responses to “Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Amy
    October 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    i have been fighting this for almost four years. the discharge and odor are enough to make me change my underwear at least 4 or 5 times a day. ive read some of your tips and i went out today and bought folic acid and also something called acidophilius and tried the tip of soaking a tampon in peroxide and putting it inside of me, i wondered if it would burn or even be healthy but at this point im wlling to try anything so i did. it didnt burn. in fact, it fealt kind of relieving and cooling to the irritation. i was also reading the dietary restrictions and wow, im not sure how its going to be possible for me to give up chocolate OR alcohol but ill try. hopefully the folic acid pills and acidophilius tablets will level out my Ph enough and i can still have my sweets, AND BEER 🙂

    Thank you everyone for all the tips. i will post my results soon and hopefully we can control this annoying, discustiong infection that we get.

    November 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm #


  3. Nan
    December 7, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I find I run into trouble when I am on a sugar kick in my diet. Staying away from that helps prevent, unfortunately it doesn’t help treat! I tried the yogurt and acidophillus and will continue with those even when I am not actively (ill?). I am going to try the medicated douche, I used to do this more than 20 years ago. I am very interested in the part that my fiance’s semen plays in all this, after he eats a spicy lunch with his coworker and we have sex within 2 days, his semen actually burns me inside! This has been a battle off and on for years and would will try natural remedies and diet changes, back to no sugar 🙁

  4. Jane
    January 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    I’ve been battling with this infection for years also and the doctor’s just keep treating it. I don’t have any itching with it and if I have any burning it’s very mild and may only be for one day. I always know when one is coming because I start to get cramps like my cycle is about to start, but the cramps last the whole time until I’m treated. Sometimes I get one for no reason and sometimes I may get one before or after my menstrual. I feel like my body is not functioning right anymore. I just want to feel at ease and not woory about when this thing is going to come back. Is there anything that can help me?

  5. casey
    June 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m fifteen, I’m a virgin. I have the odor part and slight discharge (yellow-ish). And I’m really scared. I let my mom know, she said if I felt pain she would take me to a doctor. But I have no pain, nor do I have any other symptoms. I just really want an answer, with OUT going to a doctor. :/

  6. To Casey
    April 4, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Casey go ahead and explain to your mom that you need to go anyway, even without any pain.Every body is different and what works for one might not work for another.

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