Follow-Ups for Bacterial Vaginosis

Some women go through a bout of bacterial vaginosis without seeking any treatment. Others choose oral or vaginal remedies for their symptoms. If symptoms for BV disappear, there is no need to follow-up after treatment.

Is a Follow-Up Necessary?

If you have finished your bacterial vaginosis medication and your symptoms have cleared up, it is not necessary to follow-up with a doctor unless you experience a recurrence of the condition. Chronic bacterial vaginosis is not an uncommon problem for women who have battled the symptoms once before. Keep in mind that bacterial vaginosis recurs in about 1 out of 3 women successfully treated with antibiotics. Additionally, up to 50% of women who are treated for BV will develop a recurrence of symptoms in the year following treatment [1]

Another consideration for woman with bacterial vaginosis is they are at a higher risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when exposed. If you have engaged in unprotected intercourse during your bout with bacterial vaginosis, it is suggested to screen for STDs, such as gonerrhea, chlamydia, and HIV.

Follow-Ups for Pregnant Women

Since pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis are more susceptible to experiencing complications (such as premature labor and miscarriages), a follow-up is recommended – especially with those with a history of preterm delivery and other birthing difficulties [2]. A follow-up evaluation one month after a completed treatment can determine the effectiveness of the medication, and reduce the chances of future harm to mother and baby.

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Resources
[1] http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bacterial_vaginosis/page8_em.htm
[2] http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/254342-followup

One Response to “Follow-Ups for Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Karen
    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I feel hopeless. Will things ever get better, I am tired of the doctors acting like I am doing this to myself. I don’t wear tight clothes, I double rince my undies, and my husband and I are not having sex. I am trying to change my diet, but it is difficult. Why is there not more research into this?

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