Bacterial Vaginosis

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.