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The main symptom of bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an abnormal, foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Some women describe it as a fish-like odor that is most noticeable after having sex.
Other symptoms may include:
Some women who have signs of BV, such as increased levels of certain harmful bacteria, have no symptoms. A healthcare provider who sees these signs during a physical examination can confirm the diagnosis by doing lab tests of vaginal fluid.
Last Updated January 31, 2013