What are the risk factors for bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Philippe H Girerd, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Risk factors that may predispose patients to BV include the following:

  • Recent antibiotic use

  • Decreased estrogen production of the host

  • Wearing an intrauterine device (IUD)

  • Douching

  • Sexual activity that could lead to transmission (eg, having a new sexual partner or a recent increase in the number of sexual partners)

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