The Most Common BV Symptoms
The most common BV symptoms are a vaginal discharge and a fishy odor that is particularly strong after sex.
Saying that however, some 85% of women with bacterial vaginosis experience no symptoms whatsoever.
Bacterial vaginosis is by far the most common vaginal infection, so if you are experiencing any discharge with a fishy odor, then it is highly likely that you have BV.
Other Conditions You May Have That Are Similar To BV
There are a number of other vaginal infections that can give you similar symptoms as BV, so you need to watch out for these as well.
Vaginal candidiasis is a condition that can mimic bacterial vaginosis symptoms. This is a yeast (fungal) infection, which is usually caused by a fungus called candida. The discharge in vaginal candidiasis is usually very thick and cottage cheese-like, whereas the discharge in BV is more thin and watery.
A yeast infection of the vagina also causes lots of itching and discomfort, which is not the norm with BV.
Other vaginal infections that can give BV-like symptoms include sexually transmitted infections such as trichomoniasis.
Trichomoniasis can give a grey-green discharge that is typically frothy or foamy. It is also associated with itching and a burning pain on urinating.
Here's a quick comparison table that shows you the differences and similarities between these three conditions.
|Bacterial Vaginosis||Vaginal Candidiasis||Trichomoniasis|
|Vaginal Discharge||Thin, grey||White, curdlike||Green-yellow|
|Pain During Sex|
|Bubbles In Vaginal Fluid||/||/|
How Is Bacterial Vaginosis Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, because the BV symptoms of vaginal discharge and odor can occur in other vaginal conditions, you can never be 100% sure if you do have BV just by looking at your symptoms alone.
If you are suffering from increased vaginal discharge and you have never had bacterial vaginosis before, then your best bet to get a proper diagnosis is to go and see your doctor. He or she will do a simple swab and send it off to the lab where they will identify the type of organism present in your vaginal fluid.
Home Testing Kits
Home testing kits can give you an indication as to whether you are suffering from BV symptoms, or symptoms that indicate another form of infection such as candidiasis or trichomoniasis.
An example of a home testing kit for bacterial vaginosis is Vagisil. Vagisil works by measuring the pH inside your vagina. If the pH is high (more than 4.5), then it is likely that you are suffering from bacterial vaginosis. However, a pH test alone is not a very reliable way to diagnose BV and I highly suggest you go and see your doctor to get that sample sent off to the lab.
How Do You Get Rid Of Your BV Symptoms?
Seeing your doctor to get a diagnosis is a great idea. When it comes to treatment however, your doctor can only offer you antibiotics. Antibiotics will make your BV symptoms go away initially, but in most cases your symptoms will only come back a few weeks or months down the road.
Your best bet for treating your BV symptoms permanently, is to use natural remedies that focus on solving the root cause of BV. To learn more, click the following link to visit Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis: