Can a male get BV from a sexual partner?
The very term ‘vaginosis’ actually refers to a vaginal abnormality; so no, a male cannot develop bacterial vaginosis. Female sex partners are at increased risk as BV can spread between female partners. Seek treatment immediately if in this scenario.
Is BV a sexually transmitted disease?
NO. The male partners of women who have developed BV will not need to seek treatment. There could, however, be a risk of BV occurring if you get a new sex partner or have multiple sex partners. During sexual encounters, you will be putting yourself at even greater risk if you refrain from using a condom. It’s important to remember that BV will only develop when the balance of bacteria in your vagina becomes disrupted, meaning any woman can become affected, even those who aren’t sexually active.
Can BV go away without the need for treatment?
YES. In fact, it’s very common for BV to pass on its own; the majority of cases are mild, and some people might have even developed it at some point but never realised due to the symptoms being non-existent. If an unpleasant-smelling vaginal discharge happens to develop, you should have it checked and diagnosed right away.
Why do symptoms of BV keep reappearing?
It is a very common issue for BV to occur for absolutely no discernible or particular reason. There are prevention steps you can take to minimise your chances of re-occurrence, but it’s near impossible to prevent it proficiently. According to studies, approximately 10% of all women will experience BV at a point in their lifetimes.
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