BV has several typical symptoms that you can identify yourself.
- Fishy odor. The odor often increases after sex. It smells like a rotten fish. You can insert a cotton swab into the vagina and let it wet and smell it. If it smells bad, you may still have BV, but if it has no unpleasant odor, your BV may be cleared.
- Increased discharge with white or grayish color. If your discharge reduces, your BV may be cleared.
- Increased pH to above 4.5. You can purchase a roll of pH paper from Amazon. The normal range of vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5. You can insert a cotton swab to let it wet. Then touch it with the pH paper. After the pH paper changes color, you can compare it with the pH color templates on the box. If the pH reading is at or below 4.5, your BV is cleared.
Note: Applying a NeuEve suppository, like BV Clear, can maintain vaginal pH in the normal range for up to 3 days. If you are currently using NeuEve suppositories, you will need to wait at least 3 days after your last suppository before measuring vaginal pH.