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Bacterial Vaginosis

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by Lowney N

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of bacterial vaginosis include:
  • Antibiotic use
  • Smoking
  • Douching
  • Having a new sexual partner or multiple partners
  • Having sex without a condom
  • Using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control
Any woman can get bacterial vaginosis, including those who have never had sex.


Bacterial vaginosis can lead to complications such as:
Treatment is important even if you do not have any symptoms. The main course of treatment is prescription antibiotic pills or vaginal creams. Finish all medication as prescribed by your doctor even if the symptoms have gone away. This can prevent the infection from recurring.
Avoid sexual intercourse during treatment. If you do have sexual intercourse, use condoms. Usually, male sexual partners do not need to be treated. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.


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