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Bacterial Vaginosis - Prevention

To help prevent bacterial vaginosis:

  • Limit the number of sex partners you have. Multiple sex partners increase your risk of getting bacterial vaginosis by changing the normal environment of the vagina.
  • Avoid douching.

Bacterial vaginosis may be passed between women during sexual contact. If you have a female sexual partner, you may benefit from using condoms with or careful washing of shared sex toys.4

Bacterial vaginosis is not passed between men and women and is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But if you are exposed to an STI while you have bacterial vaginosis, you are more likely to be infected by that infection.

It is always important to practice safer sex to prevent sexually transmitted infection, whether or not you have bacterial vaginosis. Preventing an STI is easier than treating an infection after it occurs.

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Last Updated: February 01, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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