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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

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