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Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection of the vagina. Soaps, perfumes, or deodorants that get in the vagina can make this infection easier to get. If sex irritates the vagina, it makes BV more likely. It is not usually dangerous, but can cause pregnant women to have their babies early or get an infection after giving birth.
- more discharge than usual
- a bad, fishy smell from the vagina, especially after sex
- mild itching