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

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Philippe H Girerd, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Answer

Inquire about risk factors that may predispose patients to developing BV. Predisposing factors can 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, as evidenced by the patient having a new sexual partner, an increased number of sexual partners in the month preceding the onset of BV symptoms, or having an increased number of lifetime sexual partners


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