To prevent BV recurrence, it is important to take proactive steps to maintain good vaginal health. Here are some tips for preventing BV:

  1. Avoid douching: Douching disrupts the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and can increase the risk of BV. It is best to avoid douching altogether.
  2. Practice safe sex: Using condoms during sexual activity can help reduce the risk of BV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  3. Maintain good vaginal hygiene: Wash the vaginal area with mild, unscented soap and water. Avoid using harsh soaps, bubble baths, or scented feminine products.
  4. Wear breathable underwear: Opt for breathable underwear made of natural fibers, such as cotton, to promote good vaginal health and prevent excessive moisture.
  5. Limit the use of antibiotics: While antibiotics can be necessary to treat certain infections, they can also disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. Use antibiotics only when prescribed and follow your healthcare professional’s instructions.

When to seek medical help for BV

If you suspect that you have BV or if you have recurrent BV infections, it is important to seek medical help. A healthcare professional can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options.
You should seek medical help for BV if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge, such as a grayish-white or yellowish discharge with a strong fishy odor
  • Itching or irritation in the vaginal area
  • Burning sensation during urination

Your healthcare professional may perform a physical examination and collect a sample of vaginal discharge for laboratory analysis to confirm the diagnosis of BV.