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Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by an overgrowth of normal bacteria that can lead to a smelly discharge from the vagina. It is a mild infection that is seen in every second woman. In fact, it is the most common cause of vaginal discharge in menstruating females. It is so common that approximately 65% of all women and 30% of child-bearing age have had at least one infection in their lifetime.
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What causes the vaginal bacteria to multiply rapidly is not yet known clearly, however, you are at a higher risk of catching this infection if you have a recent vaginal douching, have a copper coil for contraception or have new or multiple sex partners. Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection and it usually subsides on its own within a few days. However, it can lead to more dangerous health conditions like STDs, especially if you have an intercourse during this period.