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How do you get infected with bacterial vaginitis?
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Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unknown
Bv is an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in the vagina.
The cause is not fully understood. Although not sexually transmitted, it is associated with activities that may disrupt the natural balance. For example, douching or having multiple sexual partners.

In brief: Unknown
Bv is an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in the vagina.
The cause is not fully understood. Although not sexually transmitted, it is associated with activities that may disrupt the natural balance. For example, douching or having multiple sexual partners.
Dr. Rebecca Gray
Dr. Rebecca Gray
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Like getting a cold
There is healthy bacteria that lives in the vagina.
Healthy bacteria fights off the 'bad bacteria." Many things can throw off the balance of healthy bacteria such as: pH changes, hormones, stress, menstruation, menopause, soaps, douching, sexual activity, tampons, pads.....If the situation is right then the "bad bacteria" takes over. It is similar to getting a " cold in your vagina."

In brief: Like getting a cold
There is healthy bacteria that lives in the vagina.
Healthy bacteria fights off the 'bad bacteria." Many things can throw off the balance of healthy bacteria such as: pH changes, hormones, stress, menstruation, menopause, soaps, douching, sexual activity, tampons, pads.....If the situation is right then the "bad bacteria" takes over. It is similar to getting a " cold in your vagina."
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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