Complications of Bacterial Vaginosis

Under most circumstances, bacterial vaginosis (BV) comes with no complications, but there is the potential for serious health concerns. The most serious complications associated with bacterial vaginosis can take place during a pregnancy. Sadly, even after successful treatment, BV can reemerge.

Possible Complications

In most cases, BV causes no complications [1], but there are some serious risks associated with BV, such as:

a) Increased HIV Risk:

Bacterial vaginosis can increase a woman’s susceptibility to the HIV infection if she is exposed to the virus. In turn, an HIV-infected woman with bacterial vaginosis also has an increased chance of passing the HIV virus to her sex partner.

b) Infection After Gynecological Surgery:

If a woman with bacterial vaginosis has an invasive vaginal procedure, such as an abortion, cesarean section, or hysterectomy, she faces an increased risk of developing more serious infection or inflammation [2]. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometritis are some of the medical concerns that can become a complication.

c) Difficulties with Medical Procedures:

Certain medical procedures place a woman at a higher risk for battling complications of bacterial vaginosis. Common sources of additional difficulties include the placement of an IUD (intrauterine device) and an X-ray test (called a hysterosalpingography) of the inside of the uterus, the fallopian tubes, and the surrounding region.

xray for bv

d) Increased Susceptibility to Other Infections and Diseases:

Women with bacterial vaginosis have an increased risk of becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease when exposed. This includes other STDs, such as chlamydia, herpes, and gonorrhea.

Complications in Pregnant Women

Having bacterial vaginosis during a pregnancy place mother and baby at an increased risk for complications. When compared to expectant women who don’t have the condition, women with BV during pregnancy face a higher risk of early labor and low birth weight. An infection of the amniotic fluid may also occur. Her chances of suffering a uterine infection after pregnancy also increase. An increased risk of miscarriage also accompanies a bacterial vaginosis infection.

Despite the possible complications, routine screening of all pregnant women is not recommended. However, if you have a history of preterm birth or already had BV during a previous pregnancy, it is in your best interest to screen and promptly treat bacterial vaginosis.

pregnant with bv

Resources
[1] http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
[2] http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/tc/bacterial-vaginosis-what-happens

One Response to “Complications of Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. iesha
    November 16, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    hey girls, go to wal mart, go to the vitimin section and get a $5.00 bottle of acidophilus. this will work. you can take the doc perscribes pills first to get rid of it and then the otc vitimin to keep it gone. Also, get your hormones checked by the doc too. Sometimes if your ovaries have problems, it will cause the balance of bacteria to get messed up too.

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