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Could the use of a strong fabric softener cause an isolated incident of bacterial vaginosis? I have only been with 2 sexual partners my entire life.

Could the use of a strong fabric softener cause an isolated incident of bacterial vaginosis? I have only been with 2 sexual partners my entire life.

No: Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection of the vagina caused by bacteria being out of balance. Normally, there are a lot of good bacteria and some bad bacteria in the vagina. The good types help prevent the overgrowth of the bad types. With bacterial vaginosis, there are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria. Women do not need to have sex to have bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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Became sexually active in December. Had Bacterial Vaginosis in February, and now I have it again. Only one sex partner. What am I doing wrong?

Became sexually active in December. Had Bacterial Vaginosis in February, and now I have it again. Only one sex partner. What am I doing wrong?

Maybe nothing...: There is a debate among STD experts whether BV is an STD. It is closely related to sex. Cases like yours support the STD theory, but it's not known if some (most? All?) cases are due to catching a particular germ that causes it. Treating the male partners usually doesn't help. See GUM specialist, check for other STDs, re-treat (metronidazole), and use condoms consistently for the next few weeks. ...Read more

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How can a person get bacterial vaginosis by being with the only sexual partner ever? Considering she doesn't douche either.

How can a person get bacterial vaginosis by being with the only sexual partner ever? Considering she doesn't douche either.

Bacterial vaginosis: Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection. It is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria, not a sexually transmitted infection. When it mixes with blood or semen the ph gets elevated releasing the fishy odor. It is easily fixed with antibiotics. She wil need to be tested for other infections but this is the most likely. ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis be caused by a method other than sex? My friend got it at a time when she was not sexually active. She's had 2 partners ever.

Can bacterial vaginosis be caused by a method other than sex? My friend got it at a time when she was not sexually active. She's had 2 partners ever.

Not by sex: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is not caused by sex, although it is more common in women who are active. BV is not really an infection, but an imbalance in the normal bacteria in the vagina. The healthy bacteria aren't doing well, so bad bacteria overgrows, causing the symptoms. Antibiotics suppress the bad bacteria, but it's important to do probiotics, like acidophilus (in yogurt) to restore the good. ...Read more

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Had a bacterial infection. Now I have pimples near my clitoris. Any correlation? No new sexual partners as well.

Had a bacterial infection. Now I have pimples near my clitoris. Any correlation? No new sexual partners as well.

Herpes? Yeast?: "Pimples" in the genital area often is herpes; or maybe a yeast infection? Many monogamous people get herpes, either because of recurrence of a longstanding infection that previously was asymptomatic; or because of new transmission even though both partners are faithful. See a doctor ASAP; diagnosis is most accurate before lesions start to heal. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is bacterial vaginosis more common in women who are sexually active? My only 2 partners never ejaculated in me and my last partner was months ago.

Why is bacterial vaginosis more common in women who are sexually active? My only 2 partners never ejaculated in me and my last partner was months ago.

Unknown, complicated: BV is overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria and undergrowth of others. Why it happens isn't clear. BV often behaves like an STD: rare in virgins, more frequent with new or multiple partners. Maybe associated w/ cunnilingus (oral bacteria?). Definitely an STD in lesbians via vaginal fluid; affected women's female partners almost always get it. Once present, recurrence is common w/o new sex. ...Read more

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My friend has been with 2 people sexually her entire life, and her last partner was over 5 months ago. She has bacterial vaginosis. How could this be?

My friend has been with 2 people sexually her entire life, and her last partner was over 5 months ago. She has bacterial vaginosis. How could this be?

Bacterial vaginosis: Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection. It is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. It is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is easily fixed with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am a female of age 29.I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and I was going to start the medical treatment today. Last night while I and my partner were having a sexual intercourse the condom broke. I am on my ovulation period. Can I use the emergen

I am a female of age 29.I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and I was going to start the medical treatment today. Last night while I and my partner were having a sexual intercourse the condom broke. I am on my ovulation period. Can I use the emergen

Emergency contracept: Yes there are several products available to be taken within 48 hours of possible pregnancy to attempt to prevent this. Plan b, preven, or ulipristol (which can be effective up to 5 days after intercourse). Emergen is actually a vitamin supplement which is not likely to prevent pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis be transferred through sexual intercourse?

Can bacterial vaginosis be transferred through sexual intercourse?

Most likely: The ethiology of bacterial vaginosis is not fully understood. It is an imbalace between normal vaginal bacteria and harmful bacteria. Any woman can get bv. It is not clear what sexual activity does in the development of bv. Woman who never been sexually active can get bv. Activities which upset the balance of the vag. Bact. Increase the risk, such as new sex parthner, mult. Partners, douching. ...Read more

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I was told I had bacterial vaginosis, is that considered a sexually transmitted disease?

I was told I had bacterial vaginosis, is that considered a sexually transmitted disease?

Usually not: BV is a complex and poorly understood. It's overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina--mostly normal bacteria, just increased amounts. Exact causes are uncertain. BV often behaves like an STD, eg more common after new sex partners and in women with other STDs, and can be passed sexually in lesbian women. But heterosexual transmission is uncertain, and treating male partners doesn't prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for bacterial vaginosis? And, do that disease makes you have painfun sexual relations? Or it may be something else?

What are the treatments for bacterial vaginosis? And, do that disease makes you have painfun sexual relations? Or it may be something else?

Antibiotics: The usual treatment for BV is a medication called metronidazole. Taking probiotics daily by mouth and acidifying the vagina after sex and after periods (with a product such as rephresh) may help decrease recurrences in some women. Bv can cause pain with sex. ...Read more

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Suddenly every time im sexually active, I get bacterial vaginosis? At one point uti's was a issue, now bacterial vaginosis & it comes only after sex?

Suddenly every time im sexually active, I get bacterial vaginosis? At one point uti's was a issue, now bacterial vaginosis & it comes only after sex?

Try condoms: Assuming you have been examined and had testing, try using lubricant and using condoms. If all testing negative, try rephresh (over the counter) after each period for few months. ...Read more

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Is bacterial vaginosis sexually transmitted?

Is bacterial vaginosis sexually transmitted?

No: Bacterial vaginosis or BV is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is simply a shift or alteration in the normal vaginal flora causing irritation, vaginal discharge, or foul odor. Antibiotics are given to treat bv. ...Read more

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White fishy smelling stuff in the lips of my vagina, been to the doctor and told its not bacterial vaginosis or yeast. Not sexually active. Help!

White fishy smelling stuff in the lips of my vagina, been to the doctor and told its not bacterial vaginosis or yeast. Not sexually active. Help!

Hmmm: Not sure what to tell you, but usually a fishy smell is due to some type of bacterial imbalance. These don't always show up on a routine culture, and you may be an atypical case. I would try two things: 1) "luvena" is a vaginal lubricant to help balance the ph and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria, and 2) vaginal probiotics like "femdophilus" need to be inserted into the vagina to work. ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis. What are the main cause of this? I only have one sex partner

I have bacterial vaginosis. What are the main cause of this? I only have one sex partner

Many: Any condition that changes the balance of flora to be more favorable for bacteria to overgrow may precipitate bacterial vaginosis. Ph changes caused by stress, diet, viral infection can all set you up for bv. ...Read more

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I recently developed 5 little pink pumps at the base of my penis. I'm 5'9 178lbs and exercise daily. No new sexual partners in over 8 months.

I recently developed 5 little pink pumps at the base of my penis. I'm 5'9 178lbs and exercise daily. No new sexual partners in over 8 months.

Herpes: Could be herpes or another infection. Get checked. You could get it before meeting your current partner, or get it from your partner. Many infections could be dormant for some time. ...Read more

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Why do you get bacterial vaginosis if you only had one sex partner?

Why do you get bacterial vaginosis if you only had one sex partner?

Is not partner depen (penicillamine): Dependant, you can get it if u have no partners, it is a non std vaginal infection. ...Read more

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Why do I get bacterial vaginosis everytime I have sex? (Got rid of it a few weeks ago, now it's come back) only one sex partner.

Why do I get bacterial vaginosis everytime I have sex? (Got rid of it a few weeks ago, now it's come back) only one sex partner.

Vaginal pH change: Intercourse is obviously providing a change in the vaginal bacterial content. Have your partner wash thoroughly his penis and scrotum prior to intercourse including the area under the foreskin It is where smega accumulates in uncircumsized men which contains bacteria. Make it a part of foreplay in the shower if needed to "elicit his cooperation". ...Read more

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I read in an article that one of the causes of bacterial vaginosis can be a new partner. If it isn't an std, how is that possible?

BV: Changes in vaginal bacterial flora, levels of acidity, irritation, and other factors which may be related to sexual activity may predispose to new episodes of bv, but they are not due to pathogenic organisms transmitted by your partner (even if it is conceivable that he had some on his penis - sometimes from anal sex followed by vaginal penetration without washing first). ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis be caused by intercourse with a man who has had multiple partners?

Can bacterial vaginosis be caused by intercourse with a man who has had multiple partners?

BV: This is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease, but there is data showing that the bacteria colonizing the skin of the penis can be those obtained from a sexual partner and transmitted back to them after treatment. If you have a partner with multiple contacts BV is the least of concerns. Make sure you are tested for all STDs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of this so called bacterial vaginosis? I don't have sex partners yet. And what doctor should I seek?

What are the causes of this so called bacterial vaginosis? I don't have sex partners yet. And what doctor should I seek?

Gardnerella: Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal bacteria. The bacteria grows when there is a shift n the ph (acid/base level) of the vagina. It is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is easily treated by either an intravaginal cream for 5 days or an oral pill 2x/day for 7 days. ...Read more

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Does having unprotected sex for a month cause bacterial vaginosis?

Does having unprotected sex for a month cause bacterial vaginosis?

It could contribute: To it but it is not an std, if u do not want to get preg I rec seeing a gyn or going to a clinic to get on birth control, and you can potentially catch a lot of bad diseases from unprotected sex like gon, chly, herpes, hiv, so you should be using at least a condom if you are not married and u may have a great boyfriend but many guys your age only are thinking of 1 thing and don't care ifugeta dise. ...Read more

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Dx'ed with bacterial vaginosis. Not sure how long I've had it. How likely is it to cause infertility?

Unlikely: While theoretically possible, I've never heard of bacterial vaginosis causing infertility. It's very common, so if it did cause infertility, that would be a lot of women affected. Sometimes it can go undiagnosed for a long time. So long as you've treated it now, though, you should be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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