Bacterial Vaginosis (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Bacterial vaginosis can be difficult to distinguish from other types of vaginal infection. Consider the following if you have any signs of vaginal infection.
Call your doctor immediately if you:
Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if you:
If you have not been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis but you have symptoms that cause you concern, see the following topics:
It's generally recommended that you contact or see your doctor about vaginal symptoms. The only exception to this rule is when you are sure that your vaginal symptoms mean that you have a vaginal yeast infection. If you have had a yeast infection before and are sure that your problem is a yeast infection rather than bacterial vaginosis, you can consider home treatment with a nonprescription product to treat yeast infections. For more information, see the topic Vaginal Yeast Infections.
If your symptoms are due to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and not bacterial vaginosis, you may infect a sex partner if you delay treatment. You may also develop more serious complications of STIs such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Who To See
Doctors who can diagnose and treat bacterial vaginosis include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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