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Does Sex With Other Women 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 dont care ifugeta dise. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hope this helps: Vaginal discharge will change throughout the menstrual cycle. Vaginal odor can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. It is a good idea to get checked out. Sexual experiences from years ago should not impact current vaginal infections. ...Read more
See below: So that you do not infect your partner who in turn can reinfect you after you complete treatment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vaginal flora: Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection of the vagina caused by native bacteria. Normally, there are a lot of "good" bacteria and some "bad" bacteria in the vagina. The good types help control the growth of the bad types. In women with BV, the balance is upset. There are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria.A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a "fishy" smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms. ...Read more
Unknown, complicated: BV is overgrowth of some vaginal bacteria and undergrowth of others. Most or all the bacteria are entirely normal in the vagina -- it's the change in numbers that's important. Why it happens isn't clear. In some ways, BV behaves like an STD -- uncommon in virgins, more frequent with new or multiple partners. But no known germ comes from male partners, and treating partners doesn't prevent it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: Bacterial vaginosis is a description for when a 'normal' vaginal flora (bacteria) grows in abnormal proportion and becomes the dominant bacteria in your vagina.... Over the normal dominant bacteria (the good bacteria, lactobaccilli). Many things cause bv, including exposure to different bacteria through multiple sex partners, allergens, toxins, changes in exercise, stress, diet. ...Read more
A pH change: Bv is caused when the normal vaginal ph is disturbed, outside of its normal range.(can happen due to menstrual bleeding, dietary changes, stress, antibiotic use). Too high of an increase in the ph can results in bv., which is an overproliferation of one form of normal vaginal bacteria, but too many causes odor, irritation, frothy discharge, and sometimes pain with intercourse. ...Read more
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