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