What is Bacterial vaginosis?
- It is not a sexually transmitted infection
- It is an imbalance of the normal bacteria that live in the vagina.
- It is sometime known as 'BV'
How do I know I’ve got it?
- You may have more discharge than normal
- Your discharge may smell different to normal
Where can I get tested?
- Your GP
- Sexual Health clinic
What is the treatment?
Antibiotics will get rid of the infection.
Sexual Partners do not need treated. BV is not a STI.
What if I don’t get treated?
- Bacterial vaginosis often gets better by itself so treatment is not necessary in all cases.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant as this may affect how they treat your infection.
How do I avoid getting bacterial vaginosis again?
- Avoid using vaginal deoderants
- Avoid bubble baths and oils
- Use water to clean your vagina and vulva
- Wipe from front to back (towards your bottom) after going to the toilet