If you are wondering what the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are, then it is important to understand that this can vary from woman to woman. Strangely enough, some women can have BV and not even know it, with the bacterial overgrowth being detected as a result of other tests done by your doctor. Therefore, although the signs and symptoms which you might expect to find may be present, this is not always the case.
It is completely normal for women to have a certain amount of discharge from the vagina. It acts as a kind of barometer, in that if you notice any changes in your discharge, it is a sign that something has changed within you, and this could be either positive or negative. Normal vaginal discharge helps to clean and moisten the vagina, keeping it healthy so you should not attempt to clean it constantly if the discharge is normal.
Most young girls will notice a discharge before they have their first period. Normal vaginal discharge is yellowish or white and cloudy. In some women it is odorless, but in others it can have a slightly acidic odor. The consistency can change throughout the menstrual cycle and can range from thick creamy white to almost clear and stringy-very similar to egg whites.
However, you should look out for the following if you think you have BV.
What Are The Symptoms?
- An offensive, fishy smelling discharge which can seem overpowering
- A discharge which is thin and watery and can be gray or white. The consistency is often described as milky
- Less commonly, irritation of the delicate tissues in and around the vaginal area
Other abnormal discharge could be a sign that something else is wrong altogether. If it is yellow or green in color and of a heavy consistency with a bad odor, it could be Trichomoniasis. If it is white and of a cottage-cheese like consistency accompanied by intense itching but no odor, it is likely to be a yeast infection. These other forms of discharge should also be checked out with your doctor as certain conditions, if left untreated, can lead to potentially serious complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility.
If you have the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, then taking action to resolve the matter is not difficult.