As the causes of bacterial vaginosis are not clearly understood, it is difficult to determine prevention methods. The condition is more common among women who are sexually active and there appears to be a link between not using condoms and developing bacterial vaginosis. With that in mind, abstaining from sex or being monogamous and using condoms would be the best prevention methods. Additionally, as there is a link with douching, that should be avoided as well.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Bacterial vaginosis is easily treated.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Caused by various bacteria.

How is treated?

Antibiotics. Metronidazole or Clindamycin taken for 5 to 7 days.

Recovery Time

Upto 2 weeks. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sex with female partners should be avoided to prevent spread of the infection.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Doctors are unsure of the precise cause of bacterial vaginosis.