The Causes, Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis

Symptoms. There are many common signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, most of which are uncomfortable. Women with this infection may notice excessive and/or discolored vaginal discharge. This discharge can also come with a foul, “fishy” smell. Vaginal itching is also very common, as is the experience of a burning sensation during urination. Some women also report experiencing a fever. However, bacterial vaginosis can also present with no visible signs or symptoms, making it difficult to detect on one’s own. Women should seek out a doctor if they notice a persistent change in vaginal discharge odor, color, or consistency. Oftentimes, the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are the same as those of a sexually transmitted infection or a yeast infection. Only a doctor will be able to differentiate using lab tests.