Bacterial Vaginosis - Complications

Did you suffer complications from bacterial vaginosis? If so, what were they?

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What are complications of bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis can resolve completely without complications after treatment. No special follow-up is necessary if the symptoms disappear.

Women with bacterial vaginosis are at increased risk for contracting HIV infection as well as other STDs including genital herpes, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

In pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis has been linked to premature labor, but the relationship is still not clear. Treatment is often recommended prior to hysterectomy, Cesarean birth, or IUD insertion in order to avoid spread of the disease into the pelvic organs.

However, treatment of bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy that is not causing symptoms has not been shown to decrease the incidence of premature births in most studies. For these reasons, screening and treatment for bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy is controversial, and research is still being conducted to determine its utility and value. Currently, routine screening of all pregnant women is not recommended. However, screening and treatment of bacterial vaginosis is sometimes recommended for women with a history of a preterm birth.

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Comment from: oldie girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I have bacterial vaginosis and am still on meds. It's been almost a year. Without the meds I don't think I would leave my house. I didn't have a smell I had pain and the itch. It took four doctors to really find out what I had. I got mine from douching way too much, and I never knew it could happen. But then again, I didn't know it would just clean itself down there. If you think you have BV go to our OB/GYN ASAP, because with a yeast infection along with BV, it's a really bad feeling. Stay on your meds it helps. I'm a speed walker and love to be outdoors when it's hot. But with BV outsideit's not happening without the meds.

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Comment from: JB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am a mother of 3, repeat C-sections plus tied tubes. I noticed a fishy smell that was really embarrassing when my partner and I had sex. I tried yogurt inserts, eating Greek yogurt daily. Yogurt douches, probiotic tabs and nothing seem to work. I also experience lower abdominal pain and lite discharge. My doc only gives me Flagyl and cream.

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