Our vaginas are home to millions of micro-organisms, and when everything is in balance, they’re very good at looking after themselves. However, sometimes things can get out of balance, leading to an infection, or harmful bacteria such as STIs are introduced and you’ll start to notice that something isn’t right.
It is completely natural to have some vaginal discharge. However, changes in our discharge, along with other symptoms such as itching or discomfort, could be a sign that we’re not in the best of health.
This table helps to explain the symptoms of common vaginal infections which can cause discharge, smell, irritation and itching.
How to recognise the symptoms of BV
|Symptoms of BV||Symptoms of Thrush||Symptoms of Trich|
|Is there a smell?||Possible fishy smell||No smell||Unpleasant strong smell|
|Do you have a discharge?||Thin, watery, possibly greyish white discharge or abnormally large amount of discharge||Thick, white, curd-like discharge||Yellow or green frothy discharge|
|Do you have itchiness or discomfort?||Occasional discomfort||Intense itching or even a burning sensation||Soreness and possible inflammation|
|Redness and irritation of the skin around the vulva||Pain during sex or when passing urine|
For more information on BV and how to treat it click here.
For information on Thrush click here.
For information on Trichomoniasis click here.