Bacterial Vaginosis

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.

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