Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Prevention is a crucial part of bacterial vaginosis management.
Many women who have BV are likely to re-develop symptoms within 3 months of treatment. Taking the right precautions can help limit re-infection.
While bacterial vaginosis is extremely common, it is not that well understood. That being said, there are a number of factors that are likely to cause you to develop BV.
Take the following precautions in order to prevent bacterial vaginosis:
- Avoid scented soaps and detergents
- When it comes to cleaning your vagina, you should only be using water or mild soaps
- Do not douche
- This practice removes the natural bacteria in the vagina that prevent you from developing infections
- Practice safe sex
- Always use condoms. Not only does this lower your risk of developing BV, but it prevents
- Limit your number of sexual partners
- Women with a higher number of sexual partners are more likely to develop bacterial vaginosis
- Always wipe from front to back
- This prevents spreading bacteria from the anus to the vagina