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A 19-year-old female asked:

why does bv come back?

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Dr. Devin Namaky
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Vaginosis: There is a bacteria naturally found in the vagina that cause this. When vaginal conditions are right, they grow. It comes back because the conditions in the vagina encourage it.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

Why does BV keep coming back?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Moore answered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Re-infection?: If bacterial vaginosis keeps returning, a woman may be getting re-infected by her partner. Both persons should consider getting examined and treated at the same time. A woman might recover better if she keeps semen out of her vagina for a while, to allow her vagina to naturally self-clean and return to normal. That means using condoms.
Dr. Dennis Hidlebaugh
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Symptoms could be some other type of infection or resistance to prescibed therapy. Would REC an appt with the doctor
Jan 25, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

Every time i treat my BV it comes back 10 times worse. Is there anything i can do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: After treatment with metronidazole, Clindamycin or tinidazole, you could try oral and/or vaginal administration of lactobacillus containing probiotic preparations which have had variable sucess. Consider having your sexual partner treated with Metronidazole or Clindamycin although this is of unproven benefit.
A 19-year-old female asked:

How can I provent BV it comes back every couple weeks

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Hygiene, etc: This is a common problem. Follow your doctor's instructions. Always complete the course of antibiotics, even if you feel better before they're done. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.Htm.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can BV come back after treatment?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Maybe: Women are prone to bacterial overgrowth by different organisms, collectively known as bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial overgrowth can occur with rise in vaginal ph during menstruation and from exposure to semen, both of which have a higher ph than normally found in the vagina.
Matteson, IL
A 39-year-old female asked:

What causes bv and why do it come back?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: ...is very common, often very frustrating. The cause(s) of bacterial overgrowth aren't known. BV is associated with sex, but doesn't appear to be an STD except in lesbians. It's also not known why BV often persists or recurs. Talk to doctor about periodic treatment to stay ahead of it. Also try consistent condom use. If female partners, try to avoid sharing vaginal fluids. Sorry no better answers.

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