What’s the Best Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis?

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Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Bacterial vaginosis (BV), the world’s most common vaginal infection, costs you time, comfort, and money. BV is associated with increased incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), spontaneous abortion, and pre-term labor.

Current treatment for women with symptomatic BV includes both oral and intravaginal antibiotics, which have success rates of 70 – 80% at 1 month after treatment.

What treatment is best for BV?

Women should refrain from sexual intercourse during treatment, but routine treatment of male and female partners is not warranted.

BV commonly recurs, and there are a few choices for treatment if does come back:

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