How do you get infected with bacterial vaginitis?

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.
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."

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Could a female get bacterial vaginitis from a noncircumcised male?

Not usually. Women seldom get yeast or non specific bacterial vaginal infections from their partners. The exceptions are gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichamonis and then the circumcised status is immaterial. Read more...

How long should it take for my bacterial vaginitis to get better from the oral clindamycin?

A few days. Usually if it is not resisitent, but i never use oral Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) in my pts as that can cause a lot of bowel problems , vaginal Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel or vag Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) vag supp are much safer and usually just as effective, if it doesn't go away u need a culture by a good lab as there are 6 diff bact that can cause BV and there are a lot of other ones that can cause vaginal discharges, including some of the stdones. Read more...

I think I have bacterial vaginitis. I can't get to the doctor for a couple days. Will it be ok to wait?

Yes. This is an overgrowth of certain bacteria which is usually associated with a thin watery discharge and odor. If that is what you have, having to wait a few days to see your doctor would not cause any problems, but i see them as soon as you can. Read more...

I get so many bacterial vaginitis infections back to back. I'm not sexually active at the moment why is this happening?

ConsultG.Y.N.doctor. Having repeated bacterial vaginitis may be due to incomplete treatment or repeated exposure tp infection due to bad hygiene .Your doctor may suggest to take test -to find out what type of bacterial infection and what specific antibiotic to be prescribed to get rid of infection. Read more...

Could taking probiotics help get rid of bacterial vaginitis?? Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is helping but I'm almost done with it and still have symptoms

See below. Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other, anaerobic bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal. 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...

What are the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginitis?

Odor, discharge. A "fishy" odor is the single most diagnostic symptom of bv, usually accompanied by a thin greyish white discharge. It does not usually cause itching or irritation. It may be more noticeable after sex. Many women have BV but have no symptoms at all. Read more...