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Bacterial Vaginosis - Symptoms

Many women with bacterial vaginosis do not have any symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis does not typically cause itching. But it does cause:

  • An excessive grayish white vaginal discharge, unlike normal vaginal discharge (1 out of 3 women who have bacterial vaginosis describe the discharge as yellow).1
  • A bothersome "fishy" odor, which is usually worse after sex (intercourse).

Other conditions with similar symptoms include some sexually transmitted infections (especially trichomoniasis), urinary tract infection, and vaginal yeast infection.

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Last Updated: February 01, 2013
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