What are the symptoms of BV ?

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Many women with BV do not exhibit any symptoms, which can make it harder for pregnant women to identify if they have an infection. Symptoms of BV include:

  • Thin vaginal discharge
  • Discharge that is grey, white, or green
  • Foul-smelling or “fishy” vagina odor especially after having sex
  • Pain, itching or burning in the vagina
  • Itching around the outside of the vagina
  • Burning feeling when you urinate
  • Burning feeling inside the vagina

If you start showing signs of BV, it’s important to contact your health provider as soon as possible to prevent any complications.

“Approximately 10% – 30% of pregnant women will experience bacterial vaginosis (BV) during their pregnancy. BV is characterized by a shift from a healthy vaginal microbiome – one dominated by acid-producing bacteria (the healthy bacteria, such as lactobacillus) – to a vagina dominated by unhealthy bacteria.”