Font Size

Bacterial Vaginosis (cont.)

Bacterial Vaginosis Medical Treatment

Medical treatment for bacterial vaginosis involves antibiotics taken either orally or applied locally to the vagina. Since bacterial vaginosis is not believed to be a sexually transmitted condition, treatment of male sex partners is typically not necessary.

Bacterial Vaginosis Medications (Antibiotics)

Several antibiotics are effective in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

  • Metronidazole (Flagyl) taken by either oral (pill) form or as a vaginal gel (Metrogel) is an effective treatment.
  • A vaginal clindamycin cream (Cleocin) is also an effective option.
  • Tinidazole (Tindamax) is an antibiotic that appears to have fewer side effects than metronidazole and is also effective in treating bacterial vaginosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2015

Must Read Articles Related to Bacterial Vaginosis

Vaginal Infections
Vaginal Infections Vaginal infections, or vaginitis, describe the most common medical concerns women have in the area of their reproductive organs. Vaginitis is an inflammation of...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Bacterial Vaginosis:

Bacterial Vaginosis - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your bacterial vaginosis?

bacterial Vaginosis - Experience

Please describe your experience with bacterial vaginosis.

Medical Dictionary