Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment and Care
Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. Pregnant women with BV may deliver premature (early) or low birth-weight babies.
Can bacterial vaginosis be cured?
BV will sometimes go away without treatment. But if you have symptoms of BV you should be checked and treated. It is important that you take all of the medicine prescribed to you, even if your symptoms go away. A health care provider can treat BV with antibiotics, but BV can recur even after treatment. Treatment may also reduce the risk for STDs.
Male sex partners of women diagnosed with BV generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may be transferred between female sex partners.
Treatment Guidelines, Updates and Resources
- It’s Not Just the Pathogen Anymore: The Genital Microbiome and Implications for Sexually Transmitted Infections – first session of STD Prevention Science Series 2012 on June 20th, presented by Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Watch archived recording and view abstract. (July 6, 2012)
- 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines - Bacterial Vaginosis - includes treatment recommendations for bacterial vaginosis (December 16, 2010)
- Page last reviewed: April 28, 2010
- Page last updated: April 16, 2015
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