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How do you prevent Bacteria vaginosis? I don’t use soap on my lady parts, don’t take bubble baths, ate yogurt for a year straight and that did not help, and increased water intake; and every time I have sex, I end up getting Bacterial vaginosis. I cannot enjoy a sexual experience without getting bacterial vaginosis. Help.
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection that can occur when the microbiome is out of balance and the pH is in a more alkaline state. There is a long list of risk factors for how this occurs, including: exposure to blood during menstruation, semen, medications, some birth control (including IUDs), vitamin D deficiency, douching, smoking, some spermicides and lubricants, new sexual partner(s), oral sex, stress, overly tight-fitting and synthetic clothing, hormone fluctuations, and altered gut health. The key to treatment is to have a medical provider help you shift your vaginal microbiome longterm by addressing any of these risk factors. There are various approaches for chronic cases, but I assure you that it can be treated and resolved. Key is finding a medical provider who helps you walk through all the options and once treated, can help come up with a plan for preventing recurrence.