Fortunately for pregnant women, there are ways you can help prevent BV.
- Don’t have sex: BV isn’t an sexually transmitted infection (STI), but you’re more likely to get it if you have sex than if you don’t.
- Limit the number of sex partners you have: Have sex with only one person who doesn’t have other sex partners.
- Use a condom every time you have sex: Condoms are barrier methods of birth control. Barrier methods help prevent pregnancy (and STIs) by blocking or killing your partner’s sperm. Other kinds of birth control, like the pill and implants, don’t protect you from STIs.
- Don’t douche: Douching can remove normal bacteria in your vagina that can help protect you from infection.
- Practice Good Vaginal Hygiene: Use warm water only and no soap to clean the outside of your vagina. Do not clean the inside of your vagina
- Always wipe front to back.
BV can be frustrating but is generally is not a cause for concern as long as it’s treated properly. Early detection and the use of antibiotics or the use of pH vaginal regulators, such as GYNALAC, can ensure that there is no harm to your baby. If you start experiencing symptoms of BV, do not wait to contact your doctor.