Journal article

Women's Views and Experiences of the Triggers for Onset of Bacterial Vaginosis and Exacerbating Factors Associated with Recurrence

Jade Bilardi, Sandra Walker, Julie Mooney-Somers, Meredith Temple-Smith, Ruth McNair, Clare Bellhouse, Christopher Fairley, Marcus Chen, Catriona Bradshaw

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection affecting women of childbearing age. While the aetiology and transmissibility of BV remain unclear, there is strong evidence to suggest an association between BV and sexual activity. This study explored women's views and experiences of the triggers for BV onset and factors associated with recurrence. METHODS: A descriptive, social constructionist approach was chosen as the framework for the study. Thirty five women of varying sexual orientation who had experienced recurrent BV in the past five years took part in semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: The majority of women predominantly reported sexual contact triggered t..

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