What causes BV?
Contrary to what you may think, bacterial vaginosis is not caused by poor hygiene. The vagina is normally quite acidic (pH 3.8 – 4.5) but certain things can cause a reduction in this acidity. When this happens, it becomes difficult for healthy bacteria to survive and encourages overgrowth of unwanted bacteria.
What are the main bacterial vaginosis causes?
Other causes include a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, same sex sexual partners (commonly from use of shared sex toys), menopause and hormone imbalance.
It is important to remember that BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and any male sexual partners would not need treatment. You do not need to be sexually active to get the condition.
A woman’s age and lifestyle can also have a significant effect on how and why BV develops and the symptoms that are displayed. Click here to learn more.