Sex Partners & Bacterial Vaginosis

Some of the ways to prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV) involves making lifestyle choices that promote safer sexual health behaviors. For example, limiting the number of sex partners you have is one method of reducing the risk of changing the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.

Having multiple sex partners means that a vagina comes in contact with different types of bacteria and bodily fluids that can alter the environment. This is why a woman in a monogamous relationship is less likely to develop bacterial vaginosis than a woman who engages in unprotected sex with more than one partner. Every time a woman changes sex partners, the possibility of disrupting the natural balance in the vagina arises.

Your choice of sexual partners can also increase your chances of developing bacterial vaginosis. For example, men do not pass on the condition to their female partners. However, BV can be passed between women during sexual contact [1]. Other key points regarding sexual partners and bacterial vaginosis include:

• It is important to note that while abstaining from sex cuts down the chances of developing bacterial vaginosis – it is not a surefire way to completely avoid the condition. Although rare, celibate women have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis.

• Using condoms during intercourse is an effective way of reducing the risk of bacterial vaginosis because bodily fluids do not come in contact with the vagina.

• Sharing sex toys and not carefully washing between uses can transfer the kind of bacteria that leads to bacterial vaginosis.

Is BV a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Since the condition is not passed between men and women, BV is not looked at as a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as gonorrhea or herpes. However, the condition makes it easier for an STD to strike. Women who are exposed to a sexually transmitted disease while they have bacterial vaginosis are more likely to become infected. Your risk of contracting diseases, such as HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia, will increase.

Since bacterial vaginosis is not contagious, it is not necessary for a sexual partner to seek treatment [2].

sexual couple with bv


One Response to “Sex Partners & Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. De
    July 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I have been celibate (by choice) for years and I have BV. Since I don’t have medical insurance, I was looking for natural ways to cure/control this annoying problem. Thanks for all of the tips.

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