Bacterial vaginosis can be hard to distinguish from other types of vaginal infection. Consider the following if you have any signs of vaginal infection.
Call your doctor immediately if you:
- Develop lower belly pain and a fever higher than 101°F (38.3°C) along with a vaginal discharge.
- Are pregnant and have symptoms of a vaginal infection.
Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if you:
- Have vaginal discharge with an unusual or foul odor.
- Have vaginal itching.
- Have pain during sex or during urination.
- Develop any other discomfort or discharge that may mean you have a vaginal infection.
If you have not been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis but you have symptoms that concern you, see:
It's generally recommended that you contact or see your doctor about unusual vaginal symptoms.
If your symptoms are due to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and not bacterial vaginosis, you may infect a sex partner if you delay treatment. You may also develop more serious complications of STIs such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- To prevent the spread of a possible infection, avoid sex. Wait until after you have seen your doctor.
- Avoid douching.
Who to see
Doctors who can diagnose and treat bacterial vaginosis include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.