The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:
- Not having sex or being abstinent is the best way to prevent bacterial vaginosis, as well as other sexually transmitted diseases, viruses, and infections.
- Limiting the number of sex partners you have reduces the risk of this and other vaginal infections, STDs, and HIV.
- Not using vaginal douches also lowers your risk of bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal douching can force any bacteria that’s present in the vagina up into the uterus and fallopian tubes where other diseases or infections may cause significant health issues.
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- Using all the medication prescribed for treating bacterial vaginosis is vital to helping prevent recurrent infection. This applies even when the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are no longer present.
Reference: CDC STD FAQs: Bacterial Vaginosis