Bacterial Vaginosis (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
What is the outlook for a woman with bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis can be effectively treated with antibiotics. The presence of bacterial vaginosis does appear to increase a woman's risk for acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STDs), including HIV.
In pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis is associated with an increased risk of premature labor and premature birth as well as infection of the uterus after delivery. However, studies have shown that screening and treatment of all pregnant women without symptoms for bacterial vaginosis did not reduce the incidence of preterm delivery. So routine screening of all pregnant women is not recommended. However, certain groups of women at higher risk for preterm birth may benefit from screening even when no symptoms are present, and research is ongoing to further characterize and determine the need for screening in women at higher risk for preterm birth.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2017
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Bacterial Vaginosis
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.