What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis means that the protective lactic acid bacteria have been pushed aside or become less effective. You may notice the symptoms in connection with your period or after unprotected sex, and you may get the feeling that the symptoms come and go.
The reason why lactic acid bacteria are pushed aside or become less effective is unclear and it is not known which bacterium causes bacterial vaginosis.
The most common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are:
- A smelly discharge
- Grey/yellow discharge
- Thin, watery discharge. You don’t usually experience increased discharge in bacterial vaginosis
- If you feel itching and burning at the opening to the vagina, this could be a sign that you also have a vaginal yeast infection. For many women, bacterial vaginosis does not cause any symptoms, however.
It is important that you seek help from a gynecologist or health centre if you are experiencing vaginal discomfort so that you can get the right help.
For more information about bacterial vaginosis, click here to read the Healthcare Guide 1177.
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