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Vaginal Infections (cont.)

Vaginal Infection Prognosis

If diagnosed and treated correctly, all forms of vaginitis usually respond well to therapy. Your symptoms will clear up and go away. If your symptoms won't go away or the symptoms come back, you must be reevaluated by your health care provider.

  • Bacterial vaginosis is associated with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility and tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. Bacterial vaginosis also can cause problems with pregnancy such as premature delivery and low-birth-weight infants.Your health care provider will be monitoring your condition closely if you are pregnant and have had a premature baby before. Bacterial vaginosis may also put you at increased risk of gonorrhea and HIV infection.
  • Trichomoniasis is associated with increased risk of transmission of HIV and may cause a woman to deliver a low-birth-weight or premature infant.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology


ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins--Gynecology. ACOG Practice Bulletin. Clinical management guidelines for obstetrician-gynecologists, Number 72, May 2006: Vaginitis. Obstet Gynecol. 2006 May;107(5):1195-1206. Vaginitis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015

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