Do You Have These Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms?

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The Two Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms You Should Watch Out For

85% of women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms whatsoever. When you do have symptoms, the 2 classic bacterial vaginosis symptoms you need to watch out for are:

1. Vaginal Discharge

If you have bacterial vaginosis, you can get a thin vaginal discharge with a white or grayish color. You may either experience this as a very heavy discharge or a just a small trickle throughout the day that wets your underwear.

2. Fishy Vaginal Odor

It's quite common for the vaginal discharge to have a fishy odor. In most cases this odor is barely noticeable, but there are times when it can be particularly strong, such as after sex.

Are Itchiness And Burning Also Common Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms?

I have seen a lot of sites here on the internet where people mention itchyness and discomfort being common bacterial vaginosis symptoms, but this is not true.

Having increased vaginal discharge with NO discomfort or itching is actually more diagnostic of bacterial vaginosis. When you DO have itching or discomfort, then your doctor would be more likely to suspect a different type of infection altogether, such as a yeast infection.

Saying that, in a few cases women CAN experience some burning on urinating and/or itching around the outside of the vagina.

Differential Diagnosis – What Else Could It Be If It Isn't Bacterial Vaginosis?

There are a number of other conditions that have overlapping symptoms with bacterial vaginosis.

Yeast Infection Or Candidiasis

Yeast and bacteria are different TYPES of organisms, and they are both found in the normal, healthy vagina.

Bacteria are killed by antibiotics, yeast cells are not. Here are the symptoms you may experience with a yeast infection:

  • White, cottage cheese-like discharge
  • Swelling and pain around the vulva
  • Intense itching
  • Painful sexual intercourse

Yeast infections are treated using antifungal medication. Antibiotics will make a yeast infection worse, so it's important to know which infection you have.


Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a microscopic parasite, which can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms are as follows:

  • A watery, yellowish or greenish typically frothy or foamy discharge 
  • A foul odor that can be difficult to tell apart from the odor of bacterial vaginosis
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pain and itching when urinating and/or having sex

Other Infections…

Other infections that can cause a vaginal discharge include the two sexually transmitted infections chlamydia and gonorrhea.

How Do You Know If You Have Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms And Not Something Else?

Unfortunately it's impossible to tell just from your symptoms whether you have bacterial vaginosis or one of the other infections mentioned above.

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection. Having vaginal discharge and/or fishy odor without any itching or discomfort make it highly likely that you are experiencing bacterial vaginosis symptoms rather than something else.

But to be on the safe side, I recommend that you go and see your doctor to get a definitive diagnosis. If you do have bacterial vaginosis symptoms, than this can be treated permanently using 100% natural methods. To find out more, click the following link to visit Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis



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6 thoughts on “Do You Have These Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms?”

    • Hi tiffany. If only I had the time, I would start another site on yeast infections, since I have much experience in this field also. The good news is that many of the natural remedies that work for bacterial vaginosis, also work for yeast infections. The good bacteria in your vagina not only keep the bad bacteria of bacterial vaginosis away, but also yeast cells, sexually transmitted infections, HIV… the list goes on. So I suggest you try out some of the remedies discussed on this very site.

    • Hi Oliviera

      Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. Although sex can and does make BV worse, it doesn’t necessarily cause it. Just having a menstrual period is enough to trigger BV. I do however suggest you go and see your doctor, just to make sure it isn’t something else. Vaginal odor and discharge is extremely common, so there’s nothing for you to be shy about. It’s far better to get a proper diagnosis so you know what you’re dealing with.

      Hope that helps

  1. I’m 14 years old and for the past maybe year or two I have had fishy smelling discharge that happens everyday and it smells really bad it ruins my underwear (I’ve tried pads but they’re just a pain to use) I do have my period and have for a while, but I don’t know what is causing it. I have all the symptoms that are listed for bv. I’m kind of embarrassed to go see a doctor. Please help!! Could this be bv?? and could it be dangerous if it’s been for so long?? Help!

    • Hi Heather

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the trouble with diagnosing bacterial vaginosis is that its symptoms are very similar to various other vaginal conditions and it is impossible to be 100% sure of what you have just from your symptoms.

      It’s impossible to tell if your condition is dangerous or not, but there is always the possibility that it is. Pelvic inflammatory disease for example can present with vaginal discharge with an offensive smell – similar to bacterial vaginosis symptoms, and over time it can render you permanently infertile by damaging your reproductive system.

      The only way to be sure of what you have is to see your doctor. He/she will take a swab of your vaginal fluid and send it to the lab for analysis. There are various home testing kits available that can tell you the likelihood of what you have, but none can give you a definitive diagnosis.

      It seems to me that your condition is bothering you quite a bit. If it is affecting you in your daily life and reducing your standard of living then it is perfectly acceptable to go and see your doctor. This is in no way a small thing and you SHOULD see your doctor about it. Only when you have a proper diagnosis can you go about treating your condition in the right way. This is something I tell ALL of my clients.

      I totally understand that you are embarrassed, since I shared the same embarrassment when I first saw my doctor. But really, vaginal discharge and vaginal problems as a whole are SUCH a common thing in women that doctors deal with this kind of thing ALL the time. Doctors tend to be so slick and so professional about the whole thing that when the consultation is over, you will look back and wonder why on earth you were so embarrassed. You can also request specifically to see a female doctor, this made me feel a lot more comfortable.

      Remember also that this condition could possibly affect you for the rest of your life. Are you willing to make this sacrifice for a few moments of embarrassment? I urge you not to let your embarrassment get in the way of your livelihood Heather.

      I hope that helps


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