What Is the Difference Between a Yeast Infection and Bacterial Vaginosis?

The two most common types of vaginal infections are Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Yeast Infections. BV is the most common form of vaginal infection. Nearly half of all vaginal infections are classified as BV, while about 29% are classified as Yeast Infections. It is common for women to mistake one for the other. If you suspect you have an infection, see your doctor immediately.

BV generally results in an excessive grayish white vaginal discharge and a bothersome “fishy odor” which can be worse after sexual intercourse. Many people describe the discharge as yogurt-like or pasty. The condition may also cause vaginal itching & redness.

Yeast infections can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms generally include itching and burning in the vagina and around the vulva, a white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese, pain during sexual intercourse, and swelling of the vulva. There may be no odor or you may notice a yeasty smell.