Articles on: Bacterial Vaginosis

What is bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Several factors can increase the risk of developing BV, including having multiple sexual partners, douching, using intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception, smoking, and using certain hygiene products or antibiotics.

While some risk factors for BV are not modifiable, there are steps women can take to reduce their risk, such as avoiding douching, limiting the number of sexual partners, using condoms consistently and correctly, and avoiding smoking.

BV is easily treatable with prescription based antibiotics. It's important to complete the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully eradicated

Updated on: 23/05/2024

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