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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused by an imbalance of the natural bacteria found within the vagina.

If you are concerned about this condition, you should try washing in the shower rather than the bath and avoid using perfumed soaps and bubble bath products; speak to a healthcare professional for more advice.


BV is usually diagnosed due to unusual vaginal discharge.

This discharge is usually thin and either white or  watery.

Symptoms can also include a fish-like odour.

BV does not cause itching or soreness.

Key Facts:

Bacterial Vaginosis is harmless and easily treated.

The condition cannot be passed on to men.

Although BV is not technically an STI, it is more common in women who are sexually active.

Testing and Treatments:

If you are aged 16 years or over and live in Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen), you can request a FREE bespoke STI postal testing kit.

Testing includes vaginal examinations and/or a swab test.

BV is treated with antibiotics, either in tablet or gel form.

Over the counter treatments are available.

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