Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
BV can be a very unpleasant condition that prevents you from living your life to the full. BV is a common condition and can be easily treated. It can affect up to 1 in 3 women of childbearing age. BV is a vaginal infection caused by bacteria rather than by yeast (which is the case for thrush) and occurs when there is an imbalance of the microflora in your vagina.
BV is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be passed onto another person with a vagina during sex. You should also be aware that treatments like antibiotics and BV creams can affect condoms and other contraception.
Your vagina is naturally acidic, which stops bad bacteria from overgrowing and helps maintain a healthy level of good bacteria. However, sometimes the conditions in your vagina can change. It can become less acidic, which leads to the growth of bad bacteria causing bacterial vaginosis.
You are more likely to get BV if:
You are sexually active (but women who have not had sex can also get BV),
You have changed your partner,
If you have multiple sexual partners,
You have an IUD (a contraception device),
You use perfumed products in and around your vagina.