Sometimes called Trick, (although this is a different disease.)
Women with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge is usually white or gray and can be watery. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. However, most women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all.
BV is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is changed and replaced other bacteria. Basically, the vagina always has good bacteria and some bad. With BV, the bad take over.
We don't know much about how women get BV. Any woman can get BV, even without sexual contact. Some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners or douching.
You do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them.
Any woman can get BV, even without having sex. And, there are some serious risks from BV including:
BV is not completely understood and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners.
The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:
Although BV will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms of BV should be treated to avoid complications. Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. Male partners generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may spread between female sex partners. BV is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider. BV can recur after treatment.
Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
En Espanol: http://www.cdc.gov/std/Spanish/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis-s.htm
Last Updated On October, 29, 2012