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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there is an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina. It usually causes thin, fishy-smelling discharge, but in many cases, symptoms are not apparent at all. Risk factors for bacterial vaginosis include:
  • Having multiple sex partners
  • Douching
  • Not using a condom
  • Using an intrauterine device (IUD).
This condition is usually treated with antibiotics. Although it will resolve on its own without treatment, antibiotics will help prevent possible complications of bacterial vaginosis.
(Click Bacterial Vaginosis to learn all about this condition, including other possible symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and ways to prevent it.)
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