Risk Factors for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

by admin on September 29, 2014

nausea-bathroom-woman-400x400Bacteria Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infections with 29 percent of American women between the ages of 14 and 49 experiencing it at some point in their lives.

It happens when pH balance in the vaginal is a little off and the most common symptoms are vaginal discharge and a fishy odor. In some cases, irritation might occur so it’s good to get it checked out by your doctor.

BV is sexually associated in that studies show that women who are having regular sex tend to get it more than women who aren’t having sex.  But even if you aren’t sexually active, you can get BV as factors such as stress levels can affect your pH balance and cause the infection to occur.

Common BV risk factors include:

  • Having a new sexual partner
  • Having multiple sexual partners or a female partner
  • Having sex without using a condom
  • Using an intrauterine device
  • Not having enough vitamin D
  • Douching
  • Smoking
  • High stress levels

Please note that BV is not a sexually transmitted disease.

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