Can Men get Bacterial vaginosis and Why does it keep coming back?

My boyfriend and i have been together for about a year. We both claim to be faithful to one another. But i keep getting BV. When I ask my doctor he said I take to many baths and that BV is only found in women. Also I become dry when we have sex and it causes my boyfriend to get this scab on his penis. We both had a STD screening and we both got (-) results. Can someone tell me what's going on.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    BV is basically caused by an organism called Gardnerella vaginitis. It is NOT considered an STD. Your boyfriend isn;t likely to be able to provide the right environment on/in his body for him to get it. Here is a clipping off the net: (BV) is characterized by the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina, including Gardnerella vaginalis, Gardneralla mobiluncus, and Mycoplasma hominis. Bacterial vaginosis is grossly underdiagnosed because many women assume they have a yeast infection and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications.

    Incidence and Prevalence

    Bacterial vaginosis accounts for 60% of vulvovaginal infections. Young adult women, particularly those who are sexually active, are most commonly affected.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    BV is caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. Lactobacillus, helpful bacteria, metabolizes glycogen to lactic acid in the vagina and maintains normal vaginal pH, which provides a natural defense against unhealthy bacteria proliferation.

    When the defense is weakened, other bacteria present in the vagina (e.g., Bacteroides sp, Peptostreptococcus sp, Gardnerella vaginalis, G. mobiluncus, Mycoplasma hominis) proliferate and cause symptoms. About 50% of women have G. vaginalis in their vaginal flora but do not develop infection.

    Broad-spectrum antibiotics may destroy healthy bacteria, disrupt the vagina's normal flora, and promote infection. Douching, overused or retained tampons, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs), diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, and products containing nonoxynol-9 may also disrupt the balance.

    Bacterial vaginosis also is associated with having multiple sex partners, a new monogamous sexual relationship, and a history of STDs.

    Signs and Symptoms

    A fishy vaginal odor, itching, and irritation are common signs of BV and may be particularly noticeable after intercourse or menses. It may be accompanied by a smooth, sticky white or gray discharge 4 days to 4 weeks following exposure. Elevated vaginal pH level is also a symptom.

    Complications

    BV is associated with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), female infertility, tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, premature birth, and low birth weight in infants born to infected mothers.

    Diagnosis

    Diagnosis is usually made by visual observation and by smell. A pelvic examination is performed to determine whether the cervix is producing abnormal secretions and to check for other diseases.

    Vaginal fluid may be treated with a 10% solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH), which makes the characteristic odor more pronounced. A sample is usually taken for microscopic examination to confirm the presence of bacteria, and pH levels are checked. Most physicians recommend a full STD screening.

    Treatment

    Antibiotics such as metronidazole and clindamycin are generally prescribed, as oral (pill) or topical (cream) treatments. When used topically, these medications may cause side effects such as stinging, burning, and irritation. Douching should be avoided.

    Sex partners may require treatment if infection recurs.

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  • 5 years ago

    As a man who has had BV ( as well as other benign infections that are not STD's ) go to your doctor or a Nurse Practitioner, doctors are better as the majority of Nurse Prac's in North Western Ontario do not know what's going on. But yeah you can live with it for years as us men it's not as noticeable ( I think mainly the odor, in men we bath even every 2 days you can't smell it. In women if they have Vaginosas 10 mins later you can smell it ) . I should add I'm not circumcised doctor's have told me that can make a difference. These thoughts are my personal experience there are other back. Infections that are not STD'S and are not Vaginosas please if you have a noticeable prob get checked out.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I suffered with this for years before it was known what it was. I finally got the answer and I rarely get an infection now. Men can keep it and reinfect you with it, but wont have symptoms. So your best bet is to abstain from sex during the course of your treatment, and the nurse told me that he had to "clean" his system out by ejaculating 3 to 4 times to push all the bacteria out. Another thing that kept giving me the infection back was the soap. We always used irish spring. That is one of the worst. I switched to ivory, and it also matters what soap he is using as well because the residue and parfume scent of it being on his penis can cause an infection if you are really sensitive.

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