BV is a bacterial condition and Thrush is a fungal or ‘yeast’ infection so they are caused by different things. Both conditions occur when the micro-organisms that live inside the vagina get out of balance.
When there is a decrease in lactobacilli bacteria, the vagina can become less acidic, and in turn this can allow other bacteria to flourish and result in BV.
Thrush occurs when the fungus Candida albicans, normally present on the skin and around the vulva, is able to invade the vagina because of an imbalance in the micro-organisms present.
The symptoms of thrush and BV are quite different but BV is often confused with thrush because more people have heard of it. In fact, you’re twice as likely to have BV as you are to have thrush so it’s important to understand the difference so that you can use the right treatment to get things back to normal.
|Fishy odour||No odour|
|Thin, watery, possibly greyish white vaginal discharge||Thick, white, curd like vaginal discharge|
|Occasionally discomfort||Intense itching, or even burning sensation|
|Redness, irritation of the skin around the vulva|