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How is bacterial vaginosis related to vaginal infections?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common type of vaginal infection and occurs when there is an excess of "bad" bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms of BV are a thin, gray or white discharge and a "fishy" smell. You may particularly notice the odor after sex. Some women do not have any symptoms. BV can cause serious complications for pregnant women, so it is important to get treated. BV is commonly treated with antibiotics, but it can recur.

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