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A symptom is something the patient senses and describes, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor notice. For example, drowsiness may be a symptom while dilated pupils may be a sign. 

Approximately 50% of all women with BV have no symptoms (asymptomatic). If a woman does have symptoms, she does not need to get tested to find out. 

The main sign is in the vaginal discharge:

  • Vaginal discharge may become watery and thin
  • Vaginal discharge may become grey or white
  • Vaginal discharge may have a strong and unpleasant smell, often described as fishy

The following symptoms are possible, but much less common:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Itching around the outside of the vagina
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