What Is It?
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused by the overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. The bacteria which normally live within the vagina can become imbalanced; if this happens BV can often develop. BV can develop in biologically and medically constructed vaginas.
These imbalances can occur at any time but are more likely when:
People can transmit BV through rubbing vulvas together and/or sharing sex toys.
It is possible to decrease the incidence of BV by:
As there are a number of different kinds of infection that can cause problems with the vagina and vulva, it is essential that you get advice from your local STI clinic at the first sign of inflammation or unusual discharge.
Your sexual partner(s) may also need treatment as they may be infected even if they do not have symptoms.
BV is easily treated with a single antibiotic tablet available from your local STI clinic or Doctor.
Remember – Regular screening at your local STI clinic is recommended to maintain your sexual health.