Woman looking worried about a health worryQ: Please can you help? For some time now I have had to change my pants several times a day as I have a very smelly discharge. I hoped it would go away by itself but it is getting worse but I feel embarrassed about going to my GP.

A: This may be bacterial vaginosis (BV), which is an overgrowth of common bacteria in the vagina. It causes large amounts of smelly grey discharge.

It can just happen but, if you use heavily scented soaps or bubble baths or have a coil, it can be more common. Do see your GP to get some swabs done to check this out and make sure it is nothing else.

If it is BV, a simple antibiotic can clear it up. I see at least one patient a week in my surgery with this so please don’t be embarrassed – it’s important that you get the treatment you need to sort this out.