Bacterial Vaginosis (cont.)
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Treatment options for bacterial vaginosis include:
For some women, bacterial vaginosis goes away without treatment. But when it does not go away even with treatment, bacterial vaginosis is frustrating and troublesome. And it can lead to preterm labor if you have it during pregnancy. If present during pelvic surgery or invasive vaginal procedures, bacterial vaginosis makes the reproductive tract vulnerable to infection or inflammation, which has been linked to such problems as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). So your doctor will test and treat you with antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis if you are:
Talk to your doctor about whether screening is right for you.
What To Think About
If you are planning to become pregnant and have symptoms or a history of bacterial vaginosis, talk to your doctor about screening and treatment before you start a pregnancy.
If your doctor finds other problems during the exam, such as a possible sexually transmitted infection (STI), appropriate treatment will be recommended.
Since it probably is not passed between a man and woman, treating a male sex partner or partners will not help cure bacterial vaginosis.3 But for a woman with a female sex partner, it is possible that bacterial vaginosis is passed back and forth, although this is not yet proved. In this case, treating both partners may help.
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