What’s that smell?! Sometimes we can experience changes in discharge and the smell changes too. It is a good idea to know about this for yourself, or your tween/teen. (Remember to teach your children about vaginal discharge as it is a precursor to getting their periods and could be confusing if they are not expecting it and do not know what it means.) 

Bacterial vaginosis could be one cause of this change.

BV is a common cause of unusual vaginal discharge and is not a STI.
SYMPTOMS-
🐠 The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, particularly after sex.
⬜️You may notice a change to the colour and consistency of your discharge, such as becoming greyish-white and thin and watery.
✴️50% of women with bacterial vaginosis do not have any symptoms.
👉Bacterial vaginosis does not usually cause any soreness or itching.

TREATMENT
💊 antibiotics / gels / creams
🤰🏼It’s also important to seek treatment if you’re pregnant as there’s a small chance that BV can cause complications with pregnancy.

What is the cause?
An imbalance of bacteria. So douching and using vaginal products are a no no.
(Cue shouty capitals…REMEMBER THE VAGINA IS SELF CLEANING SO LEAVE IT ALONE!) 💦

✅Tips
-have showers instead of baths.
-do not use strong detergents to wash your underwear 🧼
-do not smoke 🚬

NOTE-not a STI but a woman can pass it on to another woman during sex
ALSO-You’re more likely to get an STI if you have BV. 😞
(Info from the NHS)