Bacterial vaginosis - Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis
NHS Choices Medical Reference
Around half of all women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) are asymptomatic. This means that they do not have any signs or symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, there is no need to get tested to find out if you have BV.
If you do have symptoms, you might notice a change in your usual vaginal discharge. Your discharge may:
- become thin and watery
- change to a white or grey colour, or
- develop a strong, unpleasant, fishy smell particularly after sexual intercourse
BV does not usually cause itching or irritation.
Bacteria are tiny, single-celled organisms that live in the body. Some can cause illness and disease, and some are good for you.
The vagina is a tube of muscle that runs from the cervix (the opening of the womb) to the vulva (the external sexual organs).