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Why do I keep getting bv?

Why do I keep getting bv?

BV reasons listed: 1). Poor vaginal hygiene with the use of harsh soaps, douches, feminine deodorant products, and malodorous clothing/underwear or tight jeans. 2). Misdiagnosis and/or incomplete or inappropriate Rx dosing. 2). Failure to cleans dildos, sex toys, and worse, live male multiple partners. 4). A undiagnosed STD. The vagina is really self cleansing like an oven if the pH is restored properly. ...Read more

Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

Overgrowth of bacteria in the lining of the vagina, causing a characteristic fishy odor, ...Read more


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Why do I keep getting reacurring BV and yeast infection before and after I have my period? What will get rid of it. I have taken the meds and insert.

Why do I keep getting reacurring BV and yeast infection before and after I have my period? What will get rid of it. I have taken the meds and insert.

See below: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal treatment. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. Recurrent disease is related to colonization of your sex partner, inconsistant condom use and is halved with estrogen contraceptives. ...Read more

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I keep getting BV & take meds for it when prescribed & even found a homeopathic treatment but it keeps coming back...How do I get rid of it for good?

I keep getting BV & take meds for it when prescribed & even found a homeopathic treatment but it keeps coming back...How do I get rid of it for good?

It's coming back?: I'm not sure what "found a homeopathic treatment" means here. Can be easy to misunderstand what's homeopathic & what's not. Also, with a chronic condition it's best to be seen and followed by an experienced homeopath rather than attempt to treat ourselves. I agree w/my colleague that gyn evaluation is needed to be sure of the diagnosis, as well as using probiotic to support natural flora. ...Read more

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Do males get bv?

Do males get bv?

No: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is a disorder of females and may or may not be related to sexual activity. Having multiple male sexual partners or new sexual partners can increase the risk of having a BV infection. There is a strong association with sexual activity but it is not necessary to produce it. This is due to an imbalance of the bacteria in a womans vagina. It can be chronic and hard to treat. ...Read more

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How do u get bv?

Causes:: Altered bacterial environment in vagina via: good lactobacilli are killed off by antibiotics, douching, hormone changes such as menopause or going off the birth control pill. Risk increases with: multiple sex partners (though can get BV & have never had sex), possibly a link between BV and stress, cigarette smoking, use of an iud. Recurrent infections are common. ...Read more

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Can a virgin get bv? If so, how?

Can a virgin get bv? If so, how?

You could: This is not considered to be an std, but douching, recent antibiotics, and other things could cause this. ...Read more

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What causes a woman to get BV and recur?

What causes a woman to get BV and recur?

Let's see?: Ineffective or incomplete treatment may be the cause. One can get continually re-infected depending on sexual practices. Is your sex partner circumcised and what is his hygiene? Do you use condoms. Are you using sex toys? Do you have impeccable perineal hygiene? You may need a prolonged treatment and you may need a dual treatment with oral meds and per vagina meds. Sorry for the recurrence! ...Read more

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What helps get BV away? And how can you get it?

What helps get BV away? And how can you get it?

Bacterial vaginosis: This is due to changes in acidity of vaginal secretions leading to overgrowth of some bacteria. Short courses of antibiotics are usually quite effective. See a gynecologist or your pcp. ...Read more

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Is there a medical diagnosis to why women continue to get BV ?

Is there a medical diagnosis  to why women continue to get BV ?

Multiple factors: Women can get BV recurrently because of diet, douching each month or using anything that disrupts normal flora. ...Read more

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I get reoccuring bv. I take the prescribed meds but it comes back. Dr claim partner doesn't pass it back. Is this true and what can I do to stop this?

I get reoccuring bv. I take the prescribed meds but it comes back. Dr claim partner doesn't pass it back. Is this true and what can I do to stop this?

Doctor is right: B.V can be hard to get rid of. Its not passed from your partner. Its overgrowth pf bacteria in your body. Take your medication as prescribed. Using condoms may help as sperm makes bacteria grow more. You can also use over the counter r ephresh to change the ph. In the vagina. Do mot douche is it will make things worse. ...Read more

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How long after sex can you get BV? A couple weeks? Days?

How long after sex can you get BV? A couple weeks? Days?

No specific time: Bacterial vaginosis occurs with an overgrowth of bacteria in the vaginal area. This causes vaginal odor, discharge and vulvar irritation. Sexual transmission is only one cause and this usually occurs with new sexual partners or multiple sexual partners. Other causes of BV can include douching, antibiotic use, and decreased estrogen production. ...Read more

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When you get a BV can any one else smell the fishy smell?

When you get a BV can any one else smell the fishy smell?

Sometimes : In really bad cases yes. Go get checked and treated. Bv is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you get bv from a vibrator? I clean it after every use

Can you get bv from a vibrator? I clean it after every use

No risk, no worry: Shared sex toys can transmit bacterial vaginosis between women, especially if shared quickly (still wet with the other woman's vaginal fluid). Cleaning after each use is a good idea and is absolutely necessary if the vibrator is used by more than one person. However, self use by one person is not likely to cause BV even if cleaning is forgotten or not done well. ...Read more

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If a person constantly get reinfected with BV what will it do to one's body?

If a person constantly get reinfected with BV what will it do to one's body?

No harm: There's no damage or long term harm, other than the inconvenience or annoyance at having repeat BV infections. I've treated patients who get a lot of BV infections. Best is to try to isolate 'why' a woman is getting the infection. Typically, it's something in the environment that is making her more susceptible. A great book to read, is elizabeth stewart's "the v book" it goes into detail. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly get bv? I treat it and follow the doctors orders, but it still comes back a week or so later.

Why do I constantly get bv? I treat it and follow the doctors orders, but it still comes back a week or so later.

Lives in colon: Killing the bacteria in the vagina will not remove it from the colon; it will recolonize quickly in some women. Acidophilus tablets or eating lots of yogurt every day may slow or prevent recolonizationn. ...Read more

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How could i get rid of bv?

How could i get rid of bv?

Antibiotic: An antibiotic would treat it. See a physician. ...Read more