What is bacterial vaginosis? For starters, it’s the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of childbearing age.

In more detail, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. The type of bacteria that typically causes this problem is already found in the vagina. But when too much of that bacteria grows and spreads throughout the area, the body’s natural balance is disrupted, and it causes an infection.

There are several common causes of BV, including frequent douching or sexual intercourse, especially with a new person. It’s not considered an STD, even though the risk increases after intercourse.

What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis symptoms are not as prevalent for some women as others. In fact, some women don’t experience any symptoms at all. For those who do, though, some of the most common signs of BV include:

  1. Abnormal discharge from the vagina
  2. Itching
  3. Foul odor/fishy smell

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): What It Is and How to Treat It

Thankfully, treating bacterial vaginosis doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. In most cases, it can be treated with antibiotics (pills,  cream or gel), and it should clear up quickly. It may reoccur within 3-12 months, so additional treatments may be needed.

If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms listed above and you’d feel more comfortable getting an official diagnosis, request a private consultation with CallOnDoc, and a virtual doctor will help you to better understand what you’re dealing with, all within the comfort of your own home. The sooner you seek out treatment for bacterial vaginosis, the sooner the symptoms will subside. Don’t wait to schedule your virtual consultation.


Step 1: Answer health questions from any device.

Step 2: Our medical providers review your consultation and send medicine within 2 hours.

Step 3: Pick up antibiotics at your local pharmacy.