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.