How to reduce the risk of non-specific vaginitis/bacterial vaginosis
- Avoid vaginal douches, as they can upset the balance of vaginal bacteria and potentially flush harmful bacteria into the upper genital tract
- Avoid using vaginal deodorants, scented soaps and perfumed bubble baths
- Limit your number of sexual partners and always use latex condoms with new or multiple partners
Recurrent non-specific vaginitis/bacterial vaginosis
Recurrent non-specific vaginitis/bacterial vaginosis is when you experience several episodes per year.
Up to 30% of women treated for non-specific vaginitis/bacterial vaginosis see their symptoms return within three months after treatment.
Up to 50% of women treated see their symptoms return within 12 months of treatment.
Various factors may cause recurrences, including:
- Harmful bacteria has not been eliminated
- Reinfection is caused by bacteria from an external source
- Risk factors remain present (e.g. IUD, douching)
- Recolonization of protective lactobacilli has not occurred
How to prevent a recurrence of non-specific vaginitis/bacterial vaginosis
- Do not stop prescribed antibiotic treatment, even if signs of infection disappear
- Avoid vaginal douches
- Limit your number of sexual partners and use condom