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Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to sweetestworst)

You're welcome sweetestworst. I'm not sure though if I understand your new question. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is not the same as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), which is a mild infection of the vagina. BV is typically treated with antibiotics, in the form of pills or vaginal creams.

As far as how you got BV, take a look at our reference page on BV which includes the causes, symptoms, treatment information and more. https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/bacterial-vaginosis#definition

I think you will also be interested in BV information included in the STD Facts information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm#howget

Here's what they say about how people get BV:

The cause of BV is not fully understood. BV is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer "harmful" bacteria. BV develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.

Not much is known about how women get BV. There are many unanswered questions about the role that harmful bacteria play in causing BV. Any woman can get BV. However, some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including:

* Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners,
* Douching

It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women who have never had sexual intercourse may also be affected.

So, as you can see, there aren't a lot of clear cut answers on the cause, but, fortunately there are good solutions for ending the infection. I hope that yours clears up and that you can go forward with your life and enjoy yourself. Pat

May 3, 2010 - 5:39pm


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