Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that many other women have to deal with. BV is characterized by an imbalance of the normal bacteria in the vagina, which can lead to symptoms such as abnormal discharge, itching, and a fishy odor. One of the main risk factors for BV is sexual activity, particularly with multiple partners.
It can be a frustrating to deal with BV. It's important to understand that the vagina has a delicate balance of bacteria, including Lactobacillus, which helps to keep the pH levels at a healthy level. When this balance is disrupted, it can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, such as Gardnerella vaginalis, which can cause BV.
Sexual activity can, unfortunately, disrupt this balance in a number of ways. For example, semen can change the pH level in the vagina, making it more alkaline, which can encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. Additionally, glycerin which is a common ingredient found in lube, can turn into sugar in the vagina which feeds the bad bacteria and can create a bad bacteria overgrowth and lead to BV.
It's important to note that not all women who engage in sexual activity will develop BV. However, women who have multiple sexual partners may be at an increased risk.
BV is a common condition that can be caused by sexual activity, particularly with multiple partners. Understanding the ways in which sexual activity can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina can help prevent the development of BV. If you are experiencing symptoms of BV, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.