Is Bacterial Vaginosis Preventable?

Question: Is Bacterial Vaginosis Preventable?

Answer: Because the scientific community does not have a clear understanding of what causes bacterial vaginosis or BV, it follows that medical researchers have yet to discover the best ways to prevent this most common vaginal infection. However, scientists do agree that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners. In fact, it's rare for women who have never had sexual intercourse to develop bacterial vaginosis.

The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:

    Reference: CDC STD FAQs: Bacterial Vaginosis
    Accessed: 02/13/06
    Published: 02/15/06

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