Self-management

Prevention

To help prevent bacterial vaginosis:

  • Minimize vaginal irritation. Use mild, nondeodorant soaps and unscented tampons or pads.
  • Don't douche. Your vagina doesn't require cleansing other than normal bathing. Frequent douching disrupts the vaginal balance and may increase your risk of vaginal infection. Douching won't clear up a vaginal infection.
  • Avoid a sexually transmitted infection. Use a male latex condom, limit your number of sex partners or abstain from intercourse to minimize your risk of a sexually transmitted infection.