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Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

There are a number of symptoms related to bacterial vaginosis but the most obvious and common symptom is the very unpleasant, fishy, and usually very strong odor. The smell can be very repulsive and often hurts the self-esteem of the person affected. The person infected has to remember that it is not their natural smell and is a result of the infection. Many times a person is so embarrassed by it that they often show signs of depression and stay away from any public event.

If you are suffering from bacterial infection, you must remember that it is not something rare and millions of women suffer from the condition every year. In other words, you are not alone in your battle with BV. Sometimes women experience itching and burning. However, if you are experiencing itching and/or burning it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have BV. Also, itching and burning may not be present if you do have BV.

Bacterial vaginosis can go unnoticed. For example, a large number of women don’t even realize that they have it until a normal, routine trip to the OBGYN where they receive a pelvic exam. In fact, a considerable amount of women may have it and have no symptoms at all! Rest assured that if you are diagnosed ith BV, it is not considered to be a hazardous infection. In most cases it is not a threat to a woman’s overall health and doesn’t cause problems with fertility. Sometimes it can go away by itself, but if you know you are having symptoms, then it is better to get it checked because most recently it has been shown to be a factor in causing PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), which is a very serious condition and can lead to more serious problems associated with pregnancy and childbirth. If you do decide to visit a doctor, it is not recommended that you use vaginal douches before you go in to your appointment. Doing so can worsen the condition, but even worse, it can hide any signs that you are infected from your doctor.

Other symptoms associated with BV include vaginal discharge that is usually colored white or grayish with a yellow tint. Often, it is confused with a yeast infection because yeast infections are also very common in women, however BV’s symptoms are somewhat different. The look, smell and texture of the discharge is different for yeast infections. Discharge associated with bacterial vaginosis is usually runny and diluted. Many women have reported tenderness around the vaginal area as well as pain during sexual intercourse. Also, BV usually intensifies after sexual intercourse or a period.

In summary, these are the following symptoms that are most commonly associated with BV and if all three of these are present, you most likely have bacterial vaginosis:

  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant “fishy” odor.
  • When urinating, a burning sensation.
  • Vaginal itching.

Remember that some women with BV don’t show any of these symptoms, and many only experience 1 or 2 with the most common being the foul odor.



71 Responses to “Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Heather on January 18th, 2010 10:36 am

    I was just diagnosis with BV a few months ago. I took oral antibiotics and antibiotics creams. The symptoms subside, but never go away. I am so miserable every day. To top it all off I am 7 weeks pregnant and have discontinued the use of antibiotics as it is my first trimester. I am trying the home remedies now. So you can imagine been pregnant and going through BV. When does it end and will it end? No one can give me an answer!

  2. Senitra on February 8th, 2010 5:42 pm

    I was diagnose with BV maybe 2-3 years ago. My doctor gave me antibiotics and symptoms subsided also but never went away. I also had that same problem when I was pregnant and it was not pleasant. I am so self-conscious when I am around faniliy and friends. I take showers everyday and several wash ups in between the day. BV is a very serious infection and it could make you very depress. I always ask myself, why does this have to happen to me all the time and will it end?

  3. lewis on March 2nd, 2010 9:42 am

    I am a male that would like to know if this is a sexualy transmitted thing? & can men have this & pass it on to other women without knowing?

  4. Brittney on March 2nd, 2010 12:20 pm

    It is not technically considered an STD because many women can get this without ever having intercourse. However, it can and usually does flare up in women after sexual activity. As far as it being transferred to other woman is still up in the air. Some say germs of BV have been found to cause “Balanitis” which is just a general term that is the inflammation of the tip of the penis. Many doctors would say this is untrue. Sorry about not giving a direct answer yes or no but there doesn’t appear to be one as of yet.

  5. Laura on March 31st, 2010 7:48 pm

    I was diagnosed with BV and it is the worst thing I have ever experienced. I have vaginal itching, burning, and redness. Will this ever go away and has anyone else had these symptoms associated with it? Should I be worried that maybe something else could be going on?

  6. Deera on April 4th, 2010 7:12 pm

    i was diagnosed with bv, after taking the oral antibiotic the odor and dishcharge went away imediatley, but i still was getting irritation on the inside and outside, jus little pains, so hard to explain like gettin shot with a tiny rubberband? the doctor gave me the gel..witch was 80$ and after using it for a week i felt good for a few days now the irritations back i dont have insurance and cant afford to keep going back to the doctors but i dont know what to do i just wanna be normal again :(

  7. tina on April 20th, 2010 9:12 am

    fyi ~ if u have bv & u want relief & can’t afford or don’t want to take antibiotics, try a simple solution…eat yogurt with acphidolplus (not sure if that is spelt right) also take a supplement of that as well & folic acid. eat the yogurt & take the pills 3 times a day for 5 days. IT WORKS!!! :) ps ~ don’t douche…it won’t help and will hurt u worse

  8. leeanne on April 28th, 2010 2:18 pm

    bv can cause swollen redness around outside of vagina too

  9. janacia on July 2nd, 2010 11:37 pm

    I never had female problems such as bv until after my first pregnancy 4 years ago. Then everthing went downhill. The medication works for a little while and then the odor comes back. The itching is terrible. I shower 3 or 4 times a day and still not fresh. My husband claims he doesn’t smell anything but its just so embarrasing. It could be diet related, I’m considering not eating sugary foods and washing the under garments in like mild detergent. I dont have insurance either.

  10. Suzy on July 14th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Apparently i’ve had BV on and off for the past few months. The last time i took flagyl it barely helped at all. Now i’m going on the Ceocin cream. I had an odor at first, but it went away with the antibiotic. The symptoms that won’t go away are pain during intercourse (the skin inside the vagina about 1 inch in hurts terribly almost every time) and sometimes burning during urination and some thick white discharge. Are other peoples symptoms like this? I feel like I’m learning more from the internet than the Dr. himself =[

  11. Cecelia on July 25th, 2010 12:25 pm

    I also experience pain during intercourse, every time. Its so depressing. Sometimes i just let it hurt because i dont want my partner to get frustrated. And then i feel abused, but its my own doing, because i let him. I found that doggy style is the least painful. Ive lost any desire for sex, i only do it for him now. After sex i swell up, so i usually wait a few days before having sex again. I think ive had a bacterial infection for 6 months now. My nurse practitioner kept diagnosing me and treating me for yeast but nothing changed, so i recently got a referral to an OB/gyn and was diagnosed with BV. Im currently using Clyndamycin. Hopefully it works. After reading these comments though, i dont have much hope. Good luck to you, ladies.

  12. Kendra on September 27th, 2010 8:13 am

    I have had BV for a year now on an off! An I f****** hate it the antibotics work an then it comes back once I have sex at first I thought I had a bad reaction to latex condoms so I swtich to lambskin but tht wasn’t the problem. After first I use to think it was a yeast infection so I would get over the counter creams but it would jst stop the itching… This really bugs me an I wish the doctor could help me tht jst put me on antibotics which I feel gets old an it only keeps the problem gonna for awhile if you know anything please help .

  13. Rissa on September 29th, 2010 3:25 am

    I just found out I had BV lastnight, I had went to the ER because I was having horrible burning sensation when I pee, and very bad itching especially at night. Comes out according to the papers I have PID, Yeast Infections and BV. It scares me because I’m like did I have a STD or something but she didn’t say that when she was looking at me she just said I had a yeast infection, the gave me Flagyl, Diflucan,Doxycycline, and Percocet. This really sucks I really hope it goes away it just scares me cause i wonder if it was a STD

  14. D on October 22nd, 2010 4:48 am

    I’m not too sure if I have BV but I have 2 out of the 3 symptons. I am getting tested tomorrow tho because the smell is just horrible and embarrassing. I never had this problem until after a couple of months when I became pregnant. I told my doc about it and he tested me and he said nothing was wrong but I gave birth to my son a year and a half ago and am still having smelly discharge and on occassion it will itch. but not very often. I am almost certain BV is what I have. I just want it gone. It really does affect your self esteem and super self conscious during intercourse :(

  15. Nicole on October 29th, 2010 5:34 pm

    Well I have had BV a few times in the last four years and I am usually given metronidazole. As a pill it tastes absolutely horrible but it is very effective. When I couldnt tolerate the taste of the pill I was given the gel form of metronidazole, it worked just as well without the horrible aftertaste.

  16. Caroline on November 16th, 2010 10:31 am

    I had PID From reacurring BV and it is very painful…also some woman have to get a histerectomy from having PID…you can get it 2 different ways either by having an std or by having reacurring BV…but there is good news that u can buy right in the food section…I have tried it for BV and yeast infections and it does work…Plain yogurt Not the yogurt that is flavored plain white non flavored yogurt…take a tampon soak it in the yogurt for about 1 min. than stick it up there for about an hour do this 2 times a day for a week…the bacteria in the yogurt is the same good bacteria found in your vagina that kills off the bad bacteria…so there u have it costs about 3.00 for a big container of yogurt that u can use when ever u get the symptoms of BV…it cures the infection without taking perscription drugs

  17. day on November 19th, 2010 1:23 am

    Recently I had this very bad burning sensation, and discharge that happened almost immediately after douching. Unfortunately for me it wasn’t until after I thought I had a bad allergic reaction to it, that it is actually highly recommended NOT to use douches. After asking around, and researching I am almost positive I have BV, which sucks, because these previous post are scaring me. I have this awful smell, that I have never smelled b4 and not to mention I have a new BF…how will I explain this to him…if it doesn’t go away…advice please!!!

  18. Jasmine on November 20th, 2010 7:59 pm

    My Name Is Jasmine. Im A 16 Year Old Teenager. I Had Lost My Virganity At 15 . For The Past Couple Of Month I Have Been Feeling Depress &Scared. This Horrible Smell, Runny Discharge & No PERIDS. Im Soooo Afarid To Tell My Mother. I Really Really Need Her. Everytime I Go To The Doctor There Is Never Really Syptoms Of Me Having This, When I Know ! I Need Help & It ake Me Cry NOBULL****.

  19. friday on December 12th, 2010 12:43 am

    I was diagnosed w/bv just a couple days ago. Its one of the worst things I’ve ever felt. The burning sensation when urinating is one of the most painful things I’ve felt. The odor isn’t too bad, but I just want this to go away. Its so uncomfortable and I’m always aware of it due to the constant burning and itching. I wish I was prescribed some pain medication…

  20. Sunny on March 18th, 2011 12:30 pm

    The past few months my vagina has been getting itchy and i have pain during sex. It is also painful to urinate, though I have never had a strong odor or any kind of abnormal discharge. The last time was about a month ago, I looked up the symptoms and Google led me to believe I had a yeast infection. I bought a 7-day treatment of Monistat, and though it helped it didn’t completely go away. About a week ago I had sex, and now these symptoms are coming back. I’m only 18 and I’ve never been to a gyno before. Could I possibly have BV?

  21. Shelly on April 4th, 2011 1:59 am

    I have also been diagnosed with BV I seem to get it alot when I’m pregnant yes I know it sux and it feels like the worst thing in the world but it’s not. I did alot of research on BV and I use to have this problem like every three months it would just keep coming back at that point the doc had me on flagyl. Now I’ve noticed I haven’t had BV for about a year last time it was when I was pregnant with my son. And I just now got it back again because I’m 10 weeks pregnant had it for 3 days just follow these steps. Once a week I eat 1 cup of yogurt make sure it has lactobacillus acidophilus which is a friendly bacteria that helps control the growth of yeast in the intestines and vagina. Everyday at dinner I crush up 1 clove of garlic and eat it your really suppose to eat a whole bulb but 1 clove with dinner was working for me. Research shows that eating more foods containing Beta-Carotene and Vitamins C and Vitamins E which can help prevent yeast infections.

  22. A on April 16th, 2011 8:05 pm

    To anyone who is having reoccurring BV, stop using tampons. My dr. never told me this, but when I stopped using tampons, BV stopped reoccurring. Now I use them briefly, but only organic tampons and do not keep them in longer than 3 hours. I hope this advice can help some of you.

  23. Jennifer on May 5th, 2011 9:35 pm

    I am experiencing the same symptoms as some of you. Itching only sometimes not always. Redness in the inside labia of the vagina. Sometimes brownish and sometimes yellowish watery discharge and a bad smell. I have had it for one month now and haven’t seen a doctor yet because of no insurance. I am pretty sure it is BV because the only partner I have is my husband.

  24. Qua on May 23rd, 2011 10:50 am

    I’ve been having the foul odor and the itching and burning during urination symptoms for about two years now. I’ve taken flagyl. The symptoms go then come back.its terrible. It’s effecting my relationship cuz I’m embarrassed of the terrible smell. What am I to do.3u

  25. Kellie on June 2nd, 2011 10:56 am

    i got diagnosed with bv about 3 and a half years ago its very rare that i get it now b/c i found a lot of the things that where causing it. a whole list actualy :( i have to use a certain soap, laundry soap, toilett paper, only cotton underwear NEVER anything spandex can touch that area, latex free condoms, and if you have no condom or a letax one chances are youll start getting it the next day at least i do. no scented pads, tampons or sprays on that area. it sucks but after dealing with it for three years i got used to knowing what i can and cant use. so think about everything you are using and what touches that area chances are you might find out why your symptoms keep coming back. it is possible to live with bv and be happy!!

  26. Leah on June 10th, 2011 12:09 am

    Hi my name is Leah and I think I have BV because I have 2 out of 3 symptoms, the itching and the (fishy) discharge but I’ve only had pain twice during sex. I’m going to a dr. soon to get check. It occured after 2 pregnancies but I lost both children. But after my 2nd pregnancy there was the smell and also this smell occurs after intercourse. Can someone help? Is this a sign of BV?

  27. Leah on June 10th, 2011 12:11 am

    also could this tye in with PID?

  28. Khaliyah on June 13th, 2011 3:29 am

    I’m Having The Same Problem But I’m Afraid To Tell My Mom I’m 15 I’ve Been Having This Problem Before I Became Sexually Active ( Which I Kno Is Bad ) So Now I’m Even More Afraid That It Might Be Something More Serious I Want To Go To The Doctor But I’m Afraid Of The Results :(

  29. Rain on June 17th, 2011 8:32 am

    Hello, So I only have one symptom, which is the burning and itching sensation that sometimes makes me cry because it itches so badly. There’s no fishy odor but a few months ago, I thought I had uti and was tested for it and came back negative, so reading this open my mind. Thank you for the yogurt on tampons tip for those of us who cant afford to see a doctor. But also, when I thought that I had yeast infection, the cream that came with the kits helps me a lot with the vulva itching, it goes away if I use the cream before bed time, the next day I don’t itch, so yeh, thanks for all the advice!

  30. Louis on June 20th, 2011 4:07 pm

    I know i have Bv, and i’m currently 5 weeks pregnant and is my very first child. I just wish someone could tell me if i get treated from the doctors or home treated is there any chances my baby will survive affter the whole pregnancy process?

  31. jane on July 15th, 2011 9:15 pm

    I have suffered from bv and yeast for 8 years now. I have all your symptoms. It has ruined my life! I suggest no sex, if you have a sore and u irritate it then it will never get better. Its heartbreaking but u have to help yourselves. I’m not giving up hope, I feel bv should be classified as a disease.

  32. Elizabeth on July 17th, 2011 10:45 pm

    I was 7 months pregnant when my doctor told me I had bv. I didn’t have no signs at all… she gave me some meds when I was amited to the hospital my baby has no side effects n I still have no signs of bv but I’m still takeing meds to clear it up.

  33. alexis on July 27th, 2011 7:28 am

    im alexis im turning 13 and i been having it for a whilke now i was scared to tell my mom but i told her and were goin to see my doctor im scared a little bit but i dont care i jus want it gone

  34. Lisa on August 3rd, 2011 8:12 pm

    I once had an issue with recurrent infection too. I found that antibiotics got rid of the initial infection, but then I too would have a rebound one. The way I finally stopped the cycle was by eating half a cup plain yogurt a day. Cutting down the sugars in my diet. Sterilizing all my under wear and wash cloths that I used only. Meaning I have my own personal cloths, and towels. Bought a pot dedicated just for this, boiled the water, and put the items in. Let them sit for about an hour or so, then tossed them in a regular wash. Those items only! Washed bath towels (again, I have my own bunch) in hot water. I also have my own separate soap. Wash hands before and after going to the bathroom. Use all natural pantiliners when having discharge-unscented products only!!! Do not use tampons during your period, let your body flush your system for a few months. I know it might be inconvenient for a while, but your body does have a way of cleaning itself, let it help you. When you don’t have your period, wear all cotton panties at night so you can “breathe” there. NO THONGS at anytime. If you want to “freshen up” in between, use disposable, unscented wipes to cleanse yourself.

    I know this seems like a lot to do, but it works. It breaks the cycle. I cannot stress more than anything the sterilization of the panties, and cloths (having your own wash cloths, and towels as well). More preferably you need to be wearing white cotton panties, and thongs are so out! They shift, they get too snug, and can help breed germs especially from the back end!

    Hope this will help anyone reading this. It’s an ugly cycle that definitely can be broken with some diligence. I got my first infection while pregnant, and suffered off and on (more on than off) constantly for four years. Then it started subsiding once I started making some changes. Once I took all the aforementioned precautions I broke the cycle completely. Mind you, in the mean time I went through all types of testing to see if there was underlying causes, none that would significantly impact me.

    Oh, and I say when infected no sex. It may have not been proven that it’s contactable, but if you have an infection in your mouth and spit on an open wound chances are you are going to transmit that infection else where. Same can be said with this. Chances are there is the possibility of transmitting it back and forth. My ex was also given a round of antibiotics in “case” it was transmittable. Not sure if it worked of didn’t work, but eventually, the cycle broke.

    Psst, no oral either until you are free and clear for a while. You can be getting all sorts of things introduced to you. Again, I know this is really a lot to deal with, and see,s extreme, but most of you have been dealing with this for some time.

    Good luck to you all. Cheers to your health, and I hope you all find permanent relief!

  35. tasha on August 8th, 2011 6:42 am

    I have this smelly odor I’m going to the doctor I have pain during intercourse and the smell is so strong I hate it I hope it not to serious I had itching but I used a yeast infection cream and it went away now I just havbe an odor I take baths some many times a day what should I do

  36. Sara on August 13th, 2011 10:13 am

    The best investment I made to help my bacterial vaginosis was to buy the online book BV FREEDOM. The doctor gave me an antibiotic and it made it worse. Antibiotics make the immune system weaker and that is the last thing you need when you have bv. I learned the best natural way of treating bv longterm was the remedy from this book. It is much more than inserting a yogurt soaked tampon into your vagina.The truth is you will never completely be rid of it but this is the best way to get rid of it for a very long time. It took a few months to really work longterm but it was worth it.

  37. Jasmen on August 16th, 2011 10:37 am

    I’ve had bv a couple of times this year and metrodizanole alwasy clears it right up. And also I’ve learned perfume soaps and pads can cause and touching yourself without washing your hands

  38. Brittney on August 17th, 2011 8:49 am


    Thanks for the comment. I have placed a link to the book in your comment, or anyone can also find the BV Freedom book here:

  39. TASHA on September 1st, 2011 5:22 am


  40. J on September 1st, 2011 8:51 am

    CURE: I have been doing a less messy version of the yogurt + tampon. I already have the lactobacillus acidophilus supplements for intestinal health. Well, turns out, you can insert them vaginally (at night!!) for 4 nights. It cures it! I had the disgusting odor for two days, when I got fed up taking numerous showers without any luck, and I discovered I had this supplement all along! It’s day two of the treatment and the odor hasnt bothered me at all. That was my only symptom. I only smelled bad. So far, it’s working!!!!!!!!!

  41. J on September 1st, 2011 8:53 am

    The facts are, you pH changes extremely when you have your period, so BV risks change too. You must have good bacteria to be healthy and smell good!

  42. Dianne on September 1st, 2011 7:45 pm

    I took meds for a bv infection a couple months ago. I thought it was a one time deal. I’ve noticed the odor again, and have tO go back to the doctor. If this happens on a regular, does this mean I have to go to the doctor EVERY time I notice some bv coming on? Can’t u just get a prescription so u already have the meds on hand??

  43. Glory Evans on September 2nd, 2011 4:20 pm

    My problem is that anytime am having sex with my partner white discharge like milk and having bad odour which is not for me to have it. Pls what kind of drugs should i used for this thing to go away becos is very embarrased

  44. Rebekah on September 16th, 2011 3:16 am

    does it cause painful intercourse? i had all the symptoms and my Dr. called me in something for a yeast infection. the medicine worked and everything has stopped except for painful intercourse.

  45. Samantha on September 20th, 2011 10:14 pm

    I have an apt on monday for the gyno. I have had symptoms of itching badly, burning, swelling. I dont seem to have any discharge that im aware of its actually very dry. I have been getting these symptoms every month sence I had my son 2 years ago. ( I know why am I just now going to the dr. ) I thought it was yeast infections for a long time. But never the less Im just now going. I dont beleave its an std Iv been with only my husband for 6 years. Do my symptoms seem like the same thing your having?

  46. y on September 27th, 2011 8:29 pm

    I had bv for the first time a couple month ago i dnt even know i had it just a lil ordor no discharge i think i have it again my odor is not that bad but its their it dnt hurt when i have sex but i notice the discharge more and i have to pee a lot i been to the doctor recently and i have no std so im thinking the bv is back by me eating yogurt it help with the discharge it goes away and come back

  47. anon on October 3rd, 2011 3:46 am

    I saw someone a little while ago who said that it is to do with a pH imbalance as a result of using too much soap and to use water or a very mild soap instead. I think the natural response would be to shower all the time but this actually makes it worse. Femfresh is meant to be good because of its low pH level. Hopes this helps people xxx

  48. angel on October 14th, 2011 12:08 am

    i have dealt with bv for years and it is very misreable i would like to find a very effective cure please help

  49. shannan on October 14th, 2011 1:00 am

    I was diagnosised with BV two days ago and my doctor gave me Some vaginal gel called “METRONIDAZOLE VAGINAL GEL” and this gel works really well. Its 0.75% steroid in it. BV is not sexually transmitted. It did flare up right after I had sex, I was experiencing itching, watery discharge and burning and it felt swollen. BV does go away so however is still having symptoms after treatment with antibiotics try that gel. Be blessed everyone

  50. JT on November 3rd, 2011 11:13 am

    I too have a problem with BV coming and going. I have been having this issue now since I was younger probably about 10 years but have never been diagnosed with it until 2 years ago. The doctor asked me how long I had discharge and I told her all my life it comes and goes with the odor too. I have had a problem with PID once and it hurts really bad. I hate it and I think I have it again. I have found that nothing gets rid of it completely. They told me not to douche because that can cause it but that is the only thing that gets rid of the odor for a couple days and then it is back. Some times I really hate being a woman. And to the guy who wanted to know if it is transferable, my doctor told me no that men cannot get it that stress can bring it on. So I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

  51. Sabrina on November 21st, 2011 12:04 am

    I would advise all to go tothe nearest health department in your city. Health departments are FREE OF CHARGE. So dont sit around in pain especially with your womanly parts because some of these diseasrs can leave you fertile and unable to have children in the future. Any health department you go to cant turn you down to get tested. Its against the law. So I just recommend everyone to put your worrying aside and go to the health department or health clinic. Better safe than sorry.

  52. Lisa on November 25th, 2011 2:38 am

    I have had BV many times in the past. The most common culprit was the use of condoms. Unbeknown to myself and my husband I am allergic to the latex in them. I was using a diaphragm during the time as well. Turns out that was latex too!!!! The infections kept returning and after 6 continual months of the same thing, I finally saw an O.B. instead of my family physician. I was lucky to get a knowledgeable P.A. who led me to what was causing the problem. I was told many women are alergic to latex condoms and diaphragms. Nice of someone to tell us right?!!!!!
    Those of you with repeat symptoms may want to take note of the above.
    The use of antibiotics like flagyl kills the BV but in turn causes yeast infections(like it did with me)so you may be going back and forth between 2 diffent infections and not realize it. Make sure you take acidophillus tabs as well as eating yogurt while on BV antibiotics. BV and YI symptoms can be very similar. I personally never have itching with a BV. I get UTI syptoms with mine and after a UTI test it shows bacteria(of course)but I make sure they do a BV test as well and it always shows up positive so I end up taking 2 antibiotics because they want to be sure they cover everything. Yeast infections aren’t necessarily strait foreward either. I don’t ever have white discharge mine is always yellow. The only way I can tell the difference between the 2 is the itching that only comes with the yeast and the UTI symptoms with the BV.

  53. Anne on December 12th, 2011 7:24 pm

    I used to get BV on a regular basis (several times a year) and often it happened after I changed sex partners. For awhile I thought I was allergic to my bf’s semen. Had the usual symptoms: discharge, fishy odor, itching, pain during sex… Was generally given Metronidazole pills and they worked. Was worried this would be a chronic problem, but haven’t had a recurrance in several years until now. Some women are more sensitive and will get this more frequently than others. And it is annoying and uncomfortable, but it is not infectious (can’t give it to your partner) and it can be treated. Might just mean a week without sex on occassion. You should see a doctor to be sure it’s BV. But for those younger posters on here, don’t panic. It’s not an STD. It can be caused by many things including hormonal changes and stress. Don’t be embarrased. Just get the treatment you need to help it go away.

  54. Molly on December 15th, 2011 10:22 pm

    I have read many of your posts and quite a few of you have a great grip on BV. It is not necessarily an STD, but rather an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria. It is diagnosed by a wet prep looking for the presence of Klue cells and by putting KOH on the vaginal secretions to elicit the foul odor. It is quite common and can be treated with Metro-gel and Metronidazole (flagyl) as well as Clindamycin. In the time period that you are taking the Abx, refrain from sexual activity. You can also take lactobacillus Acidophillus which promotes the growth of good bacteria. Last ditch efforts have been using a boric acid douche, but consult a physician first.

  55. V on December 16th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Some of you guys sound like you are dealing with what I went through: …..I kept flip flopping b/w yeast infections and bv….. finally I did some research on how to get my flora restored, and that has been helpful. I know to AVOID CERTAIN FOODS, such as fake sugars and beer, and I’m usually okay. DEFINITELY eat yogurt (I suggest coconut-based, in case you have a slight milk allergy that throws off your vaginal flora), take some sort of flora (acidopholus, etc.), and take a B-vitamin. B is good for a lot of stuff, and a B deficiency can give you symptoms of yeast infections and bv. 😀 Hope this helped!!! (Ps-antibiotics may kill the bv, but it is likely to give you a yeast infection; anti-fungals will kill the yeast infection, but it is likely to give you bv.)

  56. bri on December 29th, 2011 3:54 pm

    ok i have a problem i was diagnosed with pid and i took the antibiotics but i had sex todays after but i am taking the pills did i put my stuff at harm

  57. Geri on December 30th, 2011 12:34 pm

    I ‘m very curious, but do any of your partners have athlete’s feet? Even though this may sound funny, no punn is intended. You know how UNhygenic men can be! I am also dealing with the same that most of you are. I’ve been on numerous medications, at some times even two at a time and Flagyl always being one of them. My husband has had athletes feet all his life (i know) and im on the constant nag about him clearing it up but then we get intimate and it’s like all out the window. Now this whole ordeal is becoming very serious to me. Any help?

  58. Lindsay on January 18th, 2012 7:56 am

    This is my fifth time having BV in a year and a half. It’s really nothing more than an annoyance, and antibacterial medicine clears it up within a matter of days.

  59. francis h on January 30th, 2012 10:26 am

    “folic acid and lactobacillus acidophilus tablets cured my bv!!! It makes sense that if the bv is caused by bad bacteria that is growing out of control then you need to help your body by introducing more good bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus). i tried the antibiotics but the bv comes back eventually, the antibiotics kill off the good bacteria as well as the bad, i tried douching with apple cider vinegar as well. This works for a couple of days but when theres not enough good bacteria in your body (or vagina) the bad bacteria ,that causes bv,will take over again. bv wrecks your confidence! fight back! best wishes also check out it has some great support

  60. Jade on February 3rd, 2012 12:23 pm

    @shannan^^ Metronidazole is not a steroid. It is an antifungal that also kills certain kinds of anaerobic bacteria.

  61. wendy on February 7th, 2012 8:18 pm

    I was diagnosed with bv in December, then in january, and now in february. It is very frustrating. I do not have multiple sex partners, and have not had new sex partners. same one for 5 years. I got it after being on several rounds of antibiotics. I was told after finishing my round of flagyl to insert borric acid into my vagina. It’s an antifungal and was reccomended by my dr. I’m hoping it will work!!!!

  62. Tummi on March 8th, 2012 1:52 am

    I have a smelly, runny (whitish, yellow) discharge n at times it itches, my clit feels swollen bt its nt, I feel lil pains insyd my vagina,there is also a bad smel wen I’m lyk sittin at skul or hme evn tho I tuk a bath,I took antibiotic n they r not working..I’m scared ..Cud it be BV?

  63. Lauren on March 10th, 2012 8:02 am

    People who are having BV symptoms after treatment should go back to the doctor. This infection should go away with treatment. I had it once and it went right away after the antibiotics were given. The problem maybe due to the fact that generally BV symptoms sometimes go unnoticed or mistaken for sometime leaving an opening for PID to happen. Prolonged symptoms maybe a sign for auchincloss larger problem. Like I said BV is generally very treatable. It is also not an STD. Sometimes sperm may cause the ph in your system to go off bslace causing this condition but it is not transmitted by sperm itself.

  64. kk on March 24th, 2012 2:32 am

    I’m 18 years old and haven’t had sex but fr months I’ve had this gross smelling discharge tht comes out at random times and smells sooo gross.. I went on a one week antibiotic and nothng worked n I hate speakn to my mom bwt ths stuff. It doesn’t really itch much bt I feel a slight pain after I’ve peed… And I feel uncomfortable. I hate the discharge n change my underwear often. Isn’t there some simple home remedy I cn use? I try kpn it clean bt I cn tell tht its comn frm pretty deep in my vagina its nt just onda surface

  65. Help!!!!! on March 30th, 2012 7:12 am

    Help! I am 15 and a virgin. I have had all three symptoms and it has gon on for like 5 -6 months, i hate it sometimes it smells really bad, im afraid to tell my mom b/c i am VERY self – consious. And i just,dont know what to do PLEASE Help me!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. dawn on March 30th, 2012 7:05 pm

    I too, was just recently diagnosed with BV. I had been having symptoms for a while, then they would disappear. They have recently returned and don’t seem to be getting better. My doctor put me on Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment. This works great for the outside symptoms (swelling,itching,tenderness) for a while, but if I stop using it, the irritation comes right back. You ladies are all correct in stating that this is extremely embarrassing. My boyfriend of 7+ years even accused me of cheating, and requested that I get a blood test. My feelings were deeply hurt by his accusations, but I have no explanation for him as to why this happens to me. I feel better knowing that I’m not alone. I plan to try the yogurt and supplements. My doctor did not prescribe any prescription to me, and having no insurance, I certainly can not afford to pay over 200.00 for numerous doctor visits. I wish everyone luck and hope we will all become BV free in the near future. I’m also going to share all the above comments with my other half( my boyfriend) to show him Im not the only woman this happens to. Thanks again and good luck to all.

  67. Mandie on April 24th, 2012 7:16 pm

    I find that Rephresh works great. My doctor recommended it to me. It stabilizes your Ph level in your vagina. You insert a tube of the medicine into your vagina 1x before bed every 3 days. It works really well for the odor. The doctor recommended using it right after you come of the antibiotic. You can find it in the douche section of the store. It is about $12-$15 a box, but you get 4 applications. It works! And it’s highly recommended and is a good substitute for douching (especially since douching is BAD). It’s also great right after your period … gets rid of the “period” smell. And it also is a lubricant. It lubricates your vagina naturally… and is great when it gets dry and irritated.

  68. vonna on May 13th, 2012 11:19 pm

    I was suffering form BV for 5 months.. I started using Femdphilus after reading about there reviews. I can testified that it really work after just a few days of using it I felt and seen major changes.. I bought femdophilus from The vitamin shoppe the product is already stored in a freezer because this product has to stay refrigerated for it to work.

  69. Nicole on June 28th, 2012 7:30 pm

    Like so many of these stories on here, I was diagnosed wtih BV over a year ago. The flagl that I was prescribed did treat the infection, but it reccoured after about 2 months. I happened to come accross a product in the drug store (can only seem to find it at Rite Aid) called VH Essentials. It’s a homeopathic treatment that’s available in either pill form or cream. I’ve been taking the pill every day since then and my BV has not come back. I would HIGHLY reccomend trying this. It’s all natural and balances the yeast levels. Definately give it a try, I don’t know what I would have done without it!

  70. Lucy on August 15th, 2012 4:11 am

    I am 17 and have had BV since I was in middle school. Mine gets worse with exercise and I noticed it really bad after I became sexually active. It sucks insanely and don’t know what to do. I have a boyfriend and I’m way embarrassed to do anything with him.

  71. Nikki on August 21st, 2012 12:14 am

    After dealing with reoccurring BV for a year my doctor prescribed a 14 day dose of deoxycycline and a vitamin regiment. She said women who get this repeatedly have a low immune system in the vagina. I took the antibiotics and started taking these vitamins in the morning with a meal to avoid upset Stomache and once Iist them many will notice they have seen them in their research about BV. The trick is taking all of them together… Here it goes.. Acidophilus (3 billion CFU’s), Kyolic(garlic extract), vitamin B complex (my doc told me this helps the immune system), Folic Acid, Cranberry, Homeopathic BV capsules( got at Walmart) along with these taken orally I wash with vagisil PH balance femine wash which also has probiotics in it. I have been doing this for 2 weeks and I am happy to say the infection is gone. No more discharge, no more smell… I hope this helps you girls, I know I’m relieved to finally be rid of it :)

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