Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection. BV is a condition of overgrowth of the normal organisms in the vagina and/or an imbalance of the normal environment of the vagina. Some studies identify behaviors such as sex without a condom and douching, as risk factors for BV. The exact cause of this imbalance is unknown. BV is not considered a sexually transmitted disease.
Signs & Symptoms
- Abnormal amounts of vaginal discharge frequently noted as milky or gray or gray-green in color
- A fishy smell to the vaginal discharge, often worse after sexual intercourse
- Mild vaginal irritation
- Some women have BV without noticeable symptoms
- Avoid douching
- Use condoms
- Avoid vaginal insertion following anal insertion of fingers or penis
- Clean sex toys between use
Prescription antibiotics that are taken orally or intra-vaginally. Concurrent treatment of the sexual partner is generally not indicated.
How We Can Help
- If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact our Appointment Desk to schedule an appointment.
- Also, our Advice Nurse service is available at no charge for all UC Davis students to discuss health concerns and the need for medical care.