Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) develops when the normal environment of a woman’s vagina changes. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and can be caused by using strong scented bath or shower products, intimate sprays or douching.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include; an increase in discharge. The discharge can change to a watery white/grey discharge. There may be an unpleasant “fishy” smell.
How do I get tested?
You can visit any one of our centres across Walsall. BV is diagnosed by a simple swab from the vagina.
Is there any treatment?
If we diagnose BV, we may recommend a short course of antibiotics, which is taken for 7 days. You can get free treatment for BV at any one of our centres across Walsall. You can also get treatment from your GP.
How can I prevent it?
You can prevent BV by always using a condom every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. You should also wash your genital area with water and avoid perfumed soaps, shower gels and vaginal deodorant.