What are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

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Most women who have bacterial vaginosis don’t have any symptoms at all.  They are said to have bv because they have a vaginal pH level greater than 4.5 which indicates a presence of bv.

The only way to find out if you have bv is to get tested, but when there are no symptoms there is no problem, so most women never bother to find out.

But for those who do have symptoms there are usually two classic ones: a milky white discharge and a fishy odor which is especially strong during sex.

These are the two most common symptoms and the two most unpleasant ones that most women suffering from bv are desperately trying to get rid of. Some women will just have the odor and others just the discharge.

There are several other less common symptoms of bv, such as:

  • pain during sex
  • itching
  • burning

I have also heard that bacterial vaginosis can cause irregular pap tests.

BV Symptoms in Men

BV does create symptoms in men.  The most common symptoms in men reported are small red bumps on the penis immediately following intercourse.  From my research on the subject I haven’t found any explanation for this but since men say it seems to go away with a couple hours it’s not that big a deal and certainly nothing to worry about.