Vaginal itching; milky discharge; a fishy odor
Ask your about doctor bacterial vaginosis (BV)
One in five women who purchased an over-the-counter yeast infection remedy actually had BV, finds a study from the Medical College of Georgia. Caused by an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina, this condition strikes 3 million women a year. "Having the infection, which weakens your vagina's natural protective barrier, can raise your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea," says Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington.
WHAT CAN HELP
See your gynecologist, who may prescribe a course of antibiotics.