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Emilbee
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I've recently been dealing with a bout of bacterial vaginosis (confirmed by a doctor today; I've been given a prescription for antibiotics). It was likely induced by the personal stress I've been dealing with lately, for which I am seeing a counselor.

However I'm in the habit of masturbating before bed almost every night. Is there any way this could worsen my symptoms? I also have a clitoral vibrator that I use on occasion, but I'm not sure if that would irritate my vulva even more (my main symptom is itching/burning). Should I stick to using my hands for now, if I masturbate at all?

I just thought I'd check in here before proceeding. Thank you very much!

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Heather
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Ultimately, when it comes to what irritates you while you have BV, for the most part, if it doesn't feel irritating, at the time and the next morning? It's probably not. If it does? It probably is.

I'd just be sure, though, you're covering that toy with a condom each time. If you don't or haven't been, since it likely can't be boiled, it may well be harboring bacteria which could put you in an endless cycle of these infections. If you're using hands instead, just be sure to wash them before and after.

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Emilbee
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Thank you so much! I've been pretty careful about tracking my symptoms, so I think I'm in the clear [Smile] I haven't used the toy anytime recently, so I don't think bacteria is an issue in that regard, but thank you for bringing that up because that's something I honestly would not have thought of.
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Heather
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Well, if you can't boil it, and you don't cover it, then it's pretty much always going to be harboring some bacteria. Some of them will just die off, sure, but others can live in porous surfaces (like plastics) for almost ever.

So, general rule of thumb with toys is if it can't be boiled before use, you want to always keep it covered.

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