Other infections: bacterial vaginosis

There are other (vaginal) infections that cannot simply be classified as an STD, because they are not solely transmitted through sexual contact.  Complaints may also develop due to an imbalance in the natural vaginal flora. 

Other infections are caused by parasites that may be transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person or object

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis

What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance between bacteria and fungi in the vagina. A well-known cause of vaginosis is the gardnerella vaginalis bacterium.

What causes it?

The precise cause is unknown.

It occurs when the natural balance in the vagina is disturbed.  Therefore, it is important to maintain this balance. 

More information about this can be found on the page on vaginal hygiene.


A greyish discharge with a (fishy) smell may occur.

Sometimes, the vagina may feel irritated.


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