What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?


Timeline for symptoms to appear varies.

There are symptoms of bacterial vaginosis that a patient will usually notice:

  • Abnormal discharge, often thin and either milky or gray
  • Burning with urination
  • Fishy Odor
  • Itching

See more: Anonymous Bacterial Vaginosis Symptom Checker

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Bacterial vaginosis is easily treated.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Caused by various bacteria.

How is treated?

Antibiotics. Metronidazole or Clindamycin taken for 5 to 7 days.

Recovery Time

Upto 2 weeks. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sex with female partners should be avoided to prevent spread of the infection.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Doctors are unsure of the precise cause of bacterial vaginosis.