Sex and bacterial vaginosisThe vagina is a complicated eco system and even the smallest change can have a dramatic impact. Any change to the delicate vaginal environment can cause BV and what many women don’t know is that BV can be caused by having unprotected sex. Semen has a higher pH level than the natural pH level of the vagina, so when semen is introduced into this delicate eco system, it can result in discomfort.
Treat bacterial vaginosisSome women notice the symptoms of BV occur straight after having sex - an unpleasant smelling discharge and mild irritation. If you find you're prone to developing BV after intercourse, using a condom will help, as this will prevent the semen from disrupting the pH levels and keep you feeling balanced. It may be tempting to wash with soaps or perfumed products, but these can make your symptoms worse as they wash away the healthy bacteria.
If you're affected by prolonged or reoccurring symptoms of BV, you'll need to treat the infection with antibiotics. However, a rebalancing lubrication can also be used to help neutralise the pH levels and prevent a full flare up. Although BV is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it does cause discomfort and some unpleasant symptoms. It would be advisable to avoid having sex until your symptoms have cleared up.
If you don’t feel your symptoms of BV reducing soon after treating with antibiotics and rebalancing lubrication, you may need a more targeted approach. Please have a chat with your doctor who will be able to advise on a treatment regimen. Remember, you can always request an appointment with a female GP if this would make you feel more comfortable.