What Your Male Partner Should Do if You Have Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is not uncommon, but only accounts for about a third of vaginal infections or inflammation.

BV is simply an imbalance of microbes in the vagina.

You don’t have to have symptoms to have this condition, but odor, discharge, discomfort with sex are all possible if you have BV. While acutely BV is unlikely to cause a problem, it has been linked to PID, miscarriages, premature births, and even infertility.

Although BV can have these adverse consequences, medication reactions are such that we often say do not specifically treat asymptomatic infections, if found by your gyno .

Antibiotics for the patient are usually the cure for bacterial vaginosis, but sometimes these resolve with either time and new reports say the patient douching with hydrogen peroxide can be more likely to cause BV than cure it!.

Men do not need to be treated with antibiotics if their partner has an infection

BV is s transmitted sexually, by either sex with a male or a female partner, but other factors leading to the health of the vagina being disrupted can affect BV such as gut dysbiosis, sugar abnormalities, and just having sex can be the issue.

Using condoms decrease the risk of the male partner acquiring BV through transmission , and reduces the chance of the female partner acquiring BV as well.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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