Bacterial vaginosis is cause of unusual vaginal discharge. Not to be confused with an STI, however it can increase the risk of getting an STI such as chlamydia.
The most common symptoms of BV is vaginal discharge, a change in colour to greyish//white, strong fishy smell particularly after sex. However 50% of women with BV do not have any symptoms.
The main cause of BV is a natural change in balance of bacteria in your vagina. The exact cause of this is not fully know, however you are more likely to get it if:
- you're sexually active
- you have had a change in partner
- you have a contraceptive device
You are more likely to get an STI if you have BV, this is because BV makes your vagina less acidic reducing your natural defences against infection.
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