Ah, bacterial vaginosis (BV) – a silent reality that many of us women face. If you've ever experienced the discomfort, the itchiness, or the unwelcome odour, you know exactly what we’re talking about. It's not exactly a dinner table conversation, is it? But why not? The more we talk about our vaginas, the less stigmatised they become. So let’s start with our closest allies - our lovers. 

It might be uncomfortable at first, but talking to your partner about BV can strengthen your relationship in unexpected ways. So, let's dive in, shall we?

The Lotus Flower in the Room

First things first, let's address the lotus flower in the room – BV is common. It's like the uninvited guest that shows up at every party. According to the CDC, nearly 30% of women between the ages of 14 and 49 experience BV at some point in their lives. So, chances are, your partner has probably encountered it before, whether directly or indirectly. Understanding that BV is a common occurrence can help ease some of the discomfort around discussing the topic.

Breaking the Ice

So, how do you actually talk to your partner about BV? It's not the easiest conversation to start but trust us, it will be worth it. Start by setting the stage for an open and honest dialogue. Choose a time when you're both relaxed and free from distractions. Maybe it's during a cozy night in or a quiet walk together. However, you choose to approach it, make sure you're both in a comfortable and safe space to discuss intimate matters.

Choosing Your Words

When it comes to bringing up the topic of BV, it's all about choosing your words wisely. You don't need to dive into the nitty-gritty details right away. Start by simply expressing how you're feeling – whether it's discomfort, embarrassment, or uncertainty. Remember, vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. 

Here are some ways to start the conversation:

"Hey, I've been feeling a bit off lately, and I wanted to talk to you about it." 

"I've noticed some changes in my body recently, and I wanted to discuss it with you."

"I've been experiencing some unusual symptoms, and I'd really value your support in discussing it."

“You love my vagina, right? Let’s talk about it.”

Your Partner's Role

Now, here's where your partner comes in – their support and understanding can make all the difference. Encourage them to ask questions and express any concerns they may have. Remind them that BV is not a reflection of their hygiene or behaviour, and reassure them that you're taking steps to address it. Having your partner by your side can provide much-needed comfort and reassurance during this time.

Moving Forward Together

Finally, remember that addressing BV with your partner is just the first step. From here, you can talk to them about the solutions - like our Boric Acid Suppositories and support each other through the process. Simply being there for each other and facing BV as a team can strengthen your bond and deepen your connection.

Talking to your partner about BV may not be the most glamorous conversation, but it's an important one nonetheless. By approaching the topic with honesty, vulnerability, and empathy, you can navigate the conversation with confidence and grace. Remember, you're not alone in this journey – your partner is there to support you every step of the way. So, take a deep breath, gather your courage, and open up the dialogue. Your health, your relationship, and your happiness are worth it.