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.

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