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Which symptoms does bacterial vaginosis cause?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Bacterial vaginosis does not cause a rash or lesions. If you notice a rash or bumps, you should visit a GUM clinic to get checked for STIs. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Bacterial vaginosis is extremely common. In fact, many women have it without noticing any symptoms. Find out how to spot the signs of BV and when to get treated.

Common Myths About BV

Myth: Bacterial vaginosis is an STI.

Truth: BV is not an STI, it just causes similar symptoms. The bacteria which cause it naturally exist in your vagina and BV occurs, when they multiply too quickly.

Myth: You do not need to get treated if you have BV.

Truth: Many women have BV without experiencing symptoms. In these cases, the infection clears by itself. However, you should get treated if you have symptoms. It is also important for pregnant women to get treated if they develop BV during pregnancy. 

Myth: Bacterial vaginosis causes a rash.

Truth: Bacterial vaginosis does not usually cause any symptoms other than a discharge, which may be smelly. If you have a rash, you are most likely suffering from a different condition.

Myth: If you have bacterial vaginosis, you have symptoms.

Truth: BV can be caused by various different types of bacteria which naturally occur in the vagina. It is often symptomless.