Question: Is Vaginitis Contagious?

How do you get vaginitis?

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain.

The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection.

Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders can also cause vaginitis..

What happens if bacterial vaginosis goes untreated?

If BV is untreated, possible problems may include: Higher risk of getting STIs, including HIV. Having BV can raise your risk of getting HIV, genital herpes, chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease, and gonorrhea. Women with HIV who get BV are also more likely to pass HIV to a male sexual partner.

How did I get bacterial vaginosis?

BV is linked to an imbalance of “good” and “harmful” bacteria that are normally found in a woman’s vagina. Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners, as well as douching, can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina. This places a woman at increased risk for getting BV.

Will my BV ever go away?

Bacterial vaginosis often clears up on its own. But in some women it doesn’t go away on its own. And for many women it comes back after it has cleared up. Antibiotic treatment works for some women but not others.

Can BV be caused by poor hygiene?

Answer: The cause of BV is not poor hygiene. Excessive vaginal cleansing can be a contributing factor for the cause of BV, by disturbing the balance of the bacteria in the vagina. Also, avoid using bath oils, detergents and bubble bath.

Is vaginitis an STD?

Vaginitis is often the result of an infection with yeast, bacteria, or Trichomonas, but it may also arise due to physical or chemical irritation of the area. Not all infections that cause vaginitis are considered sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but some STDs cause vaginitis.

Can vaginitis go away on its own?

There are not enough good bacteria and too many bad bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis is usually a mild problem that may go away on its own in a few days. But it can lead to more serious problems. So it’s a good idea to see your doctor and get treatment.

Can a man get a bacterial infection from a woman?

There’s no way for men to get BV. However, experts aren’t as sure about whether men can spread BV to female partners. Women can develop BV regardless of whether they’re sexually active. But sexually active women do have a higher risk of developing bacterial vaginosis.

How do you tell if you have BV or a yeast infection?

With yeast infections, discharge is usually thick, white, and odorless. You may also have a white coating in and around your vagina. With bacterial vaginosis, you may have vaginal discharge that’s grayish, foamy, and smells fishy. (But it’s also common for BV to have no symptoms.)

What does bacterial vaginosis look like?

Sometimes symptoms come and go, or they’re so mild that you don’t notice them. The main symptom of BV is lots of thin vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell. The discharge may be white, dull gray, greenish, and/or foamy. The fishy smell is often more noticeable after vaginal sex.