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Bacterial Vaginosis - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase your risk of getting bacterial vaginosis include:

  • Having more than one sex partner or having a new sex partner.
  • Smoking.
  • Douching.
  • Not using condoms.

Although bacterial vaginosis can be triggered by or get worse from sexual activity, it does not appear to be an infection that is passed from man to woman. So experts do not consider bacterial vaginosis to be a male-female sexually transmitted infection. Bacterial vaginosis may be passed from woman to woman during sexual contact.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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