Additionally, these types of clothing can result in sweating, another known contributor to bacterial vaginosis.
Instead of tight pants and nylon undergarments, choose loose bottoms and breathable cotton underwear.
You had sex while you’re still being treated
In some cases, engaging in sex while you still have bacterial vaginosis is the reason why your BV is not responding to antibiotics. And though bacterial vaginosis is not an STD, having multiple sexual partners also increases the chances of acquiring the condition.
Experts reiterate that sex can affect vaginal pH levels, which can, in turn, promote bacterial growth. Their advice is to refrain from having sex until you’ve finished the antibiotic therapy, and your symptoms have cleared.
If you want to maintain intimacy, consider other forms of sexual activities.
You stopped taking your medications
Once your doctor gives you an antibiotic cream or pills, you need to apply or take the medication as prescribed.
So, if the doctor says twice a day for 7 days, strictly follow the order even if your symptoms clear up after just 3 or 4 days of treatment.
According to doctors, stopping your medications too early can lead to BV recurrence.
Moreover, discontinuing the antibiotic prematurely can result in antibiotic resistance. This means that should your BV recur, it may not respond well to your previous antibiotic drug.
You forget to take care of your sex toys
In case your infection clears up, and then you notice that it keeps on coming back, think about your sex toys.
When sex toys are not squeaky clean, they can reintroduce bacteria in the vagina, resulting in recurrent bacterial vaginosis.
Don’t forget to clean your sex toys before and after using them. But of course, wait until your condition improves before you resume engaging in sexual intercourse.