Bacterial vaginosis signs and symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal discharge that's thin and grayish white
  • Foul-smelling "fishy" vaginal odor, especially after sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal itching
  • Burning during urination

However, many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms at all.

When to see a doctor

You probably need to see your doctor if you have new vaginal symptoms and:

  • You've never had a vaginal infection. Seeing your doctor will establish the cause and help you learn to identify signs and symptoms.
  • You've had vaginal infections before, but these symptoms seem different.
  • You've had multiple sex partners or a recent new partner. You could have a sexually transmitted infection. Signs and symptoms of some sexually transmitted infections are similar to those of bacterial vaginosis.
  • You've tried self-treatment for a yeast infection with an over-the-counter anti-yeast medication and your symptoms persist, you have a fever, or you have a particularly unpleasant vaginal odor.
Apr. 20, 2013