Can you get bacterial vaginosis in mouth?

By | July 5, 2017

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition among women wherein the normal bacterial flora in the vagina is disrupted. This disturbance in the microflora leads to the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria (including but not limited to Gardnerella) that results in bacterial inconvenient symptoms. But, can you get bacterial vaginosis in mouth?

Though most women are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) of BV, this imbalance in the vaginal flora is usually characterized by increased vaginal discharge with a fishy odor.

There are no clear mechanisms on how BV develops and spreads, but certain conditions do put some women at higher risks of contracting BV. Activities that may cause a disturbance in the vagina’s normal flora can sometimes lead to this infection. These conditions include:

* Having a new sexual partner

* Having multiple sexual partners

* Improper hygiene

* Douching or use of a vaginal deodorant

* Using medicated or perfumed soaps, bubble bath, shower gel, or antiseptic liquids in the bath

* using strong detergents to wash your underwear

* smoking

* hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle

* semen in contact with the vagina during unprotected sex

* the presence of an intrauterine contraceptive device

* predisposing genetic factor
It must be noted that BV is not a sexually transmitted disease but a condition that may develop after unusual intercourse practices. BV also occurs only to women and not to men.
So, can you get bacterial vaginosis in mouth? Oral sex can lead to bacterial vaginosis in the vagina but not in the mouth. It is however possible for a sexual partner giving oral sex to develop other STDs (like thrush) in the mouth which is independent from the BV condition. BV also leads to disturbing symptoms like a foul fishy order so it is advised to generally avoid sexual activities when you observe these signs. BV will not harm your partner but any activity can further disturb your vaginal flora and extend or worsen your condition.

BV usually occurs undetected and goes away on its own. However, when noticeable discharge problems occur, certain tests may be conducted by medical professionals to verify BV and to allow for prescription.

As BV is a bacterial condition, antibiotics such as metronidazole can be taken orally or as a vaginal gel, one dose a day for a week or as instructed by your physician.
It is possible for BV to recur and there are no exact ways as to prevent it from doing so. Some ways to lessen the chance of having BV include:

* Abstaining from sex

* Practicing monogamous sexual relationships

* Practicing proper hygiene

* Using a condom during sexual intercourse – If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom or a latex. For female and anal intercourse, use polyurethane (soft plastic) square to cover the female genitals or male or female anus.

* Wash any sex toys before using and avoid sharing them

If your symptoms persist, worsen, or develop other signs, immediately see a specialist for tests and treatment. Again, BV is generally not dangerous though it may predispose infected women to other sexually transmitted diseases. There is also greater concern for pregnant women as BV may lead to premature or low birth weight babies.