10 Ways to Help Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis

by admin on October 29, 2014

Concerned WomanBacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common infection caused by bacteria in the vagina.  There is always bacteria in the vagina and most of it is “good” bacteria.  But “bad” bacteria also exists.  When the “bad” bacteria becomes too much for the “good” bacteria to handle, infection can occur.

The good news is that usually it BV is mild and may go away by itself, but it’s always good to see your doctor as some serious complications could occur if not treated.

However, if you do have bacterial vaginosis, there are a number of medications and things you can to do treat it.

Some tips to help prevent recurrent BV include:

  1. Using condoms during intercourse
  2. Not douching
  3. Ensuring you have a post-treatment test within 2 weeks of treatment as you may need to double the duration of the therapy
  4. Reducing your stress level
  5. Taking Vitamin D (2,000 IU daily)
  6. Not using an intrauterine contraception
  7. Trying different antibiotics other than metronidazole
  8. Visiting your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms such as a fishy odor
  9. Getting tested for genital HSV
  10. Talking to your doctor about your oral contraceptives as certain combinations can help reduce the risk

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