What are some of the risk factors for BV ?

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Besides being pregnant, other risk factors increase your chances of getting BV. These include:

  • Having multiple sex partners or a new sex partner: Even though the cause of BV is unknown, the infection is linked to sexual activity. BV is more common in women who have sex with other women.
  • Douching: Vaginal douching is known to increase the risk of BV. Women are generally discouraged to use a douche since the vagina is already self-cleaning.
  • Lacking certain bacteria: Some women’s bodies do not produce enough of the “good” bacteria in the vagina, making it easier to cause infection.
  • Being a Black Woman: BV is twice as common in black women than in white women. The cause for this is not fully understood.
  • Used an intrauterine device (also called IUD)