What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can range from none to mildly irritating to severe. And sufferers may experience all or some of the following symptoms depending on the type of bacterial infection whether it affects both the vaginal and urethra environments:

  • A consistently fluid milk white or gray vaginal discharge
  • A fishy smelling foul odour, that is stronger in smell during and after sex
  • An itchy or irritated vagina
  • A painful or burning sensation when urinating

Naturally occurring vaginal discharge differs between women. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to see your doctor or attend an NHS walk-in service for a diagnosis and treatment.

How can I find out if I have bacterial vaginosis?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to contact your local doctor for an appointment to discuss the symptoms and have an examination, or to go straight to your local NHS walk-in centre where a nurse can provide you with guidance and referral to the sexual health clinic if necessary. These clinics are often located within the same premises as the NHS walk-in service and are open for immediate treatment if required.

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