Wednesday 01 December, 2021 |

Sexual Health: Research shows that oral sex can spread bacterial vaginosis in a woman's vagina.

Sexual Health: Research shows that oral sex can spread bacterial vaginosis in a woman's vagina.
Oral sex can spread bacterial vaginosis in a woman's vagina. - Pixabay

According to a study, oral sex can cause a bacterial infection called 'bacterial vaginosis' or 'BV'.

 

The study was published in the journal Plos Biology and It is said  that the disease is transmitted to the female body through oral sex.

However, BV is not a sexually transmitted disease.

Bacteria that are common in a woman's vagina, can cause BV if there is a lack of balance.


People who suffer from this disease may not have any symptoms of BV in their body. However, foul-smelling juice is excreted from their vaginas.

In this study, scientists have tried to find out the effect of bacteria in the human mouth on the female genitals.


What is bacterial vaginosis?


BV is not a serious illness. However, women who become infected with BV can become infected with other sexually transmitted diseases and their urinary tract infections can occur. In the case of childbearing women, women with BV are at risk of giving premature births.

 

How do you know you have BV?


BV is a common health problem for women. Those who have bacterial vaginosis, a kind of juice comes out of their vagina and it has a strong odor.

The normal juice that comes out of the vagina, if BV, it's color, and density change. That vaginal juice is like thin water and looks like dull white.

Your doctor will be able to tell if you have BV. The presence of BV can be confirmed by examining a sample of vaginal juice.

Once the test confirms the presence of the infection, the infection is eliminated using antibiotic tablets, gels or creams.


What is known in the new research?


Women who do not have BV also have a lot of 'good' bacteria in their vagina. These are called Lactobacillus. They lower the pH level and retain the acidity of the vagina. But sometimes when this healthy balance is disturbed, the reproduction of other germs in the vagina increases. It is not entirely clear why this happens.

 However, BV can be for the following reasons:

  • Your sex life is very busy (Women who don't have sex can also have BV.)
  • Your sexual partner has changed
  • You use IUD birth control
  • You use perfume around your vagina


According to research published in the journal Plos  Biology,Bacterial vaginosis can be caused by germs or dental plaques in the oral cavity.

Scientists have conducted research on human vaginas and rats to find out about the harmful behavior of these bacteria.

They found that a particular bacterium - Fusobacterium nucleatum - helps in the reproduction of BV-related bacteria.

Dr. Amanda Lewis of the University of California and her colleagues involved in the study said,Oral sex can sometimes cause bacterial vaginosis in a woman's vagina, This research is proving that.

Professor Claudia Eastcourt,  President of the British Association for Sexual Health, says the study will help scientists understand bacterial vaginosis.

Whether or not there is any other problem, sexually transmitted germs and various types of bacteria can enter the female organ through oral sex.