The vaginal discharge is usually thin and milky, and is described as having a "fishy" odor. This odor may become more noticeable after intercourse. Redness and itching of the vagina are not common symptoms, but they can occur in some cases.
It is important to note that many women with this condition have no symptoms at all, and BV is only discovered during a routine gynecologic exam. It is especially important to treat bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women, as the condition can increase the risk of preterm delivery and low-birth-weight babies.
A healthcare provider must examine the vagina for signs of bacterial vaginosis. There is also a test to find out if you have BV. Your healthcare provider will take a sample of fluid from your vagina and have it tested. He or she may also be able to see signs of BV, like a grayish-white discharge, during an examination of the vagina.
Bacterial vaginosis treatment
usually consists of a course of antibiotics, such as metronidazole
vaginal gel. While the condition does clear up on its own in some cases, all women with symptoms should receive treatment to avoid future complications.