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What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

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Bacterial vaginosis doesn’t always cause symptoms. But if it does, they can include:

  • Pain, burning, or itching in the vagina
  • Itching around the outside of the vagina
  • A thin white or gray vaginal discharge
  • A strong, fish-like odor, especially after sex
  • A burning sensation when you’re peeing
  • Stomach pain

SOURCES:

CDC: “Bacterial Vaginosis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

US Office of Women’s Health: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “TINDAMAX- Tinidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “METRONIDAZOLE 250 MG- Metronidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “CLINDAMAX- ClindamycinPhosphate Gel.”

National Health Service (UK): “Will Antibiotics Stop my Contraception Working?”

Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Science: “Bacterial Vaginosis: Etiology and Modalities of Treatment -- A Brief Note.”

Archives of AIDS Research: “Alternative Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Patients; Restoration of Vaginal Acidity and Flora.”

Biomed Central Infectious Disease: “Association Between Cigarette Smoking and the Vaginal Microbiota: a Pilot Study.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 21, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Bacterial Vaginosis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

US Office of Women’s Health: “Bacterial Vaginosis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “TINDAMAX- Tinidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “METRONIDAZOLE 250 MG- Metronidazole Tablet, Film Coated,” “CLINDAMAX- ClindamycinPhosphate Gel.”

National Health Service (UK): “Will Antibiotics Stop my Contraception Working?”

Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Science: “Bacterial Vaginosis: Etiology and Modalities of Treatment -- A Brief Note.”

Archives of AIDS Research: “Alternative Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Patients; Restoration of Vaginal Acidity and Flora.”

Biomed Central Infectious Disease: “Association Between Cigarette Smoking and the Vaginal Microbiota: a Pilot Study.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 21, 2017

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