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Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a common cause of vaginal discharge, related to an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. It can be caused by several organisms. Bacterial vaginosis isn’t necessarily related to sex.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis may include:

  • a fishy smelling discharge which may be more noticeable after sex or during a period.

Male partners do not get any symptoms.

Find out more about bacterial vaginosis.

Getting tested

If you are worried that you have an STI, you can get tested at your nearest clinic. You can find contact details at:

Genitourinary Medicine (GUM)/Sexual Health Clinics in Northern Ireland.

You can also find out more about sexual health services in your area at:

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Western Health and Social Care Trust

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

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