Is it safe to have bacterial vaginosis treatment while pregnant?
Research shows that in the United States, about sixteen percent of women experience bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy. Having a bacterial vaginosis infection during pregnancy can result in a premature birth, or a baby born with low weight. Premature birth and low weight can affect a baby's overall health and also their cognitive development. The infected pregnant mother can also then have uterine infection or ruptured membranes after birth.
The infection also places pregnant and non-pregnant women at higher risk of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) when the infected bacteria spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes. A consequence of PID is infertility or a ectopic (tubal) pregnancy with severe pain.
However, some pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis give birth quite normally. Treating the infection is vital though as a preventative measure to protect mother and child. Therefore, even if a woman is pregnant, treating the bacterial vaginosis is necessary and usually a course of antibiotics considered safe for use during pregnancy is prescribed. Your doctor will assess your health during pregnancy and advise you on the best treatment for your condition.
Bacterial Vaginosis Guide
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- What is bacterial vaginosis?
- What causes bacterial vaginosis?
- What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
- How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
- What are treatments for bacterial vaginosis?
- Is it safe to have bacterial vaginosis treatment while pregnant?
- How can bacterial vaginosis be prevented?
- Can bacterial vaginosis cause other health conditions?
- Are there safe alternative home remedies to treat bacterial vaginosis?