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A Guide To The Real Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is simply defined as inflammation occurring within the vaginal region. It is actually caused by different strains of bacteria that combine to create the condition. Because it is caused by multiple bacteria, diagnosis and treatment of BV is not as easy as conditions caused by a single strain. You see, there are good and bad bacteria living in the vagina. When the bad bacteria increase, outnumbering the good ones, an infection occurs. While the outnumbering of the bad versus the good bacteria is the root cause of the infection; there are other factors that also have shown to be a cause of BV that lead to this vaginal bacteria imbalance.

One of the most common causes of bacterial vaginosis is improper wiping after a bowel movement. Proper hygiene dictates to wash from front to back; this is what mothers always teach their children right? This is not to be disregarded-especially for girls. If you wash from back to front; meaning from anus to vagina, there is a great possibility that you are transferring the bacteria or worse, fecal residue to your vagina. This would result to the increase in number of bad bacteria that would eventually result to imbalance with good ones. Infections caused by this factor is common and when left untreated would lead to more complicated vaginal infections.

Almost all cases of vaginosis appear in women in the reproductive age, although there are incidences reported occurring in pre-puberty girls. This occurs as a mild infection only and can be treated with simple medications alone. However, if there are accompanying symptoms that might indicate a deeper implication, proper consultation must then be sought.

There are also activities and habits that are believed to be causes of BV. Wearing of tight jeans is also pointed out as related to the development of infection. Tight jeans and thongs when worn can cause rubbing of the cloth from the anus to the vagina. This would not only irritate the vaginal labia but also cause the transfer of bacteria from the back to the front; similar to why proper manner of washing after bowel movement is necessary.

Although not considered as a sexually transmitted disease (STD), multiple sexual partners and being in a lesbian affair are also related to causes of bacterial vaginosis. This goes the same way with having anal intercourse with a male sex partner.

Vaginosis is not an easy disorder to live with. The annoying signs and symptoms that come with the infection are a great burden for a woman suffering from this condition. While medications such as antibiotics will most likely be prescribed upon visits to the medical doctor and can get rid of it; they do not guarantee that the infection won’t reoccur. Learning the causes of BV would not only help you stay away from getting infected, it may also be your guide in learning what treatment will be best to permanently cure the infection.



4 Responses to “A Guide To The Real Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. karen on August 10th, 2011 10:29 am

    very helpful info. I’ve been having these discharges and bad smell for he past 4-5 months right after my periods and I did not know why and what it was, because I never had this before. I’m 40 and I told my dr. and all she said was that I was probably starting to menopause, she never mentioned BV infection. Thank you for this info.

  2. Alexandra on September 24th, 2011 10:34 am

    Can a man contract it from a female and pass it along to another female?

  3. karren on February 22nd, 2012 2:41 am

    Can a man contract it from one female and give it to another?

  4. darlene on March 25th, 2015 10:55 am

    I have had years of recurrent BV. It always comes back after antibiotics are gone. I have tried every kind of antibiotic there is. Doctor can never find anything wrong. Discharge is moderate to light and white. At its worst, it smelled like a sewer down there. After trying many home remedies, it improved a bit, but it still smelled like a very strong rotten fish smell, or a semi-rotten fish smell. After many more of the home remedies suggested all over the web, the best I could get was a strong sour smell. I finally figured it out. All this time, after a bowel movement, I was wiping myself properly — I never wiped myself from back to front as I was taught. But — I developed a bad habit that caused the recurrent VB. I developed occasional leakage from the anus due to a low-carb diet (and probably some of it was maybe coz I was getting older). Due to the anal leakage which was only occasional, when going pee, I developed the habit of wiping by placing the toilet paper squarely on the anus and wiping forward. This was what was causing my recurring BV. So I was still wiping properly after a BM, but when only going pee, wiping this way must have transferred the anal germs into the vagina. After having BV for at least 5 years, I finally figured out this was causing it and stopped doing this when I peed. I now NEVER touch the anus and vagina with the same surface of toilet paper. And it only took the BV a week or two to go away. I am so HAPPY!!!

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