In bacterial vaginosis infection, the microbes that are predominant are most often Gardenerella, Staphylococcus or Streptococcus. These microbes will be reproducing in high numbers inside the vaginal secretions and they will cause a fishy odor smell.
So how is bacterial vaginosis contagious?
To answer this question, think of how infections are spread. Obviously, someone won’t be breathing it in, or will they? Well, if they are having oral sex with the vagina of a woman who has bacterial vaginosis, then it’s possible to be breathing it in–in high quantities through the mouth and nose. When this occurs, the person now has large amounts of the microbe in his or her mouth, throat and possibly nose.
If some vaginal secretions are swallowed, the microbe is now in the intestinal tract. This isn’t really a method for transmission of bacterial vaginosis primarily because the stomach acid may possibly kill it.
The third way that infections are transferred is certainly possible with bacterial vaginosis–through an open cut. If two women for example are having oral sex, or in a kinkier situation with three women when only one woman has bacterial vaginosis, the other two women can contract it from the infected woman.
Tampons cause microulcerations in the vaginal tissue, and when a mouth adds the microbe to the vagina of the woman with the microulcerations, in essence she transports them directly to those microulcerations. The microbes then begin to multiply. You’ll have to imagine the kinky details yourself.
To reduce the risk of contracting bacterial vaginosis, here are three suggestions:
- Reduce your dependence on tampons and switch over to sanitary pads. This one habit could save you the microulcerations that leave you prone to infections.
- Use the seat paper protectants in the rest rooms. This can potentially limit the transfer of large amounts of microbes to your skin.
- Make sure you have adequate protein and essential fats in your diet. Going vegetarian with little high-quality protein (fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, wild meats, eggs, milk, dairy products) or eating like Jack Sprat who ate no fat is not healthy. Adequate protein in the diet keeps your skin healthy and resistant to invasion of microbes in small skin abrasions and allows your body to make antibodies to ward off bacteria. Essential fats keep the cell wall strong and resistant to infections.