Bacterial Vaginosis - Possible Causes

If known, what was the cause of your bacterial vaginosis?

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What causes bacterial vaginosis?

Researchers have had difficulty determining exactly what causes bacterial vaginosis. At present, it seems to be that a combination of multiple bacteria must be present together for the problem to develop. Bacterial vaginosis typically features a reduction in the number of the normal hydrogen peroxide-producing lactobacilli in the vagina. Simultaneously, there is an increase in concentration of other types of bacteria, especially anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that grow in the absence of oxygen). As a result, the diagnosis and treatment are not as simple as identifying and eradicating a single type of bacteria. Why the bacteria combine to cause the infection is unknown.

Certain factors have been identified that increase the chances of developing bacterial vaginosis. These include multiple or new sexual partners, intrauterine devices for contraception, recent antibiotic use, vaginal douching, and cigarette smoking. However, the role of sexual activity in the development of the condition is not fully understood, and although most experts believe that bacterial vaginosis does not occur in women who have not had sexual intercourse, others feel that the condition can still develop in women who have not had sexual intercourse.

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Comment from: Grandmother, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

According to my doctor, my vaginosis was due to a heavy dose of antibiotics during surgery. My symptoms appeared after leaving the hospital. I'm now taking medications and abstaining from intercourse.

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Comment from: pulane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I got mine when I had sex without a condom.

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