Articles on: Bacterial Vaginosis

What are the causes and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?


BV occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. Normally, the vagina contains a balance of "good" bacteria (Lactobacillus species) and other bacteria.
When there's an overgrowth of harmful bacteria such as Gardnerella vaginalis, BV can develop.


BV symptoms may include:
A thin, white or gray vaginal discharge;
A strong fishy odor (especially after sex);
Itching or irritation in the vaginal area and;
Sometimes burning during urination.

However, some women with BV may not experience any symptoms.

Updated on: 23/05/2024

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