The various lactic acid bacteria, the lactobacilli, have the important job of creating and maintaining an acidic environment in the vagina. However, there are many factors that can contribute to reducing the number of lactic acid bacteria in your vagina. As a result of this, germs that cause diseases can multiply there and cause infections.
These factors increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis:
- Taking antibiotics or the contraceptive pill
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Excessive feminine hygiene
- Emotional strain such as stress
- Hormonal fluctuations