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Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

What is it?

It is a very common vaginal infection that is not Sexually transmitted.

How did I get it?

It happens when bacteria that normally live in small numbers in the vagina multiply rapidly. This can happen just by having unprotected sex if you already have an infection.

What are the symptoms?

  • A fishy smell, particularly after sex.

  • An increased watery vaginal discharge.

  • Sometimes it can cause itching, redness or soreness.

Some people have no symptoms.

What will it do to me?

It won’t do you any harm, but it may make you sore or uncomfortable. It could cause problems if you are pregnant.

Where can I go?

GUM clinic/Sexual Health Clinic, or a Doctor.

Can it be treated?

Yes, with a course of antibiotics if it is causing symptoms.

Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the risk of becoming infected.

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