JULY 2021

Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common conditions in women, which happens when the balance of bacteria inside the vagina becomes disrupted and can cause unusual vaginal discharge. It also causes the an increase in vaginal pH (to become less acidic). Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection but rather an imbalance in healthy (Lactobacillus) versus unhealthy vaginal bacteria. Around half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms so they do not know they have the condition. Some women with bacterial vaginosis develop a strong fishy smell in vaginal discharge, particularly after sexual intercourse, and become a white or grey colour become thin and watery.