What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Philippe H Girerd, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include the following:

  • Vaginal odor is the most common, and often initial, symptom of bacterial vaginosis (BV). Odor may be recognized only after sexual intercourse. The alkalinity of semen may cause a release of volatile amines from the vaginal discharge and cause a fishy odor.

  • Increased vaginal discharge is typically mild to moderate.

  • Vulvar irritation is less common.

  • Dysuria or dyspareunia occur rarely.

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