Special Considerations for Bacterial Vaginosis

When dealing with bacterial vaginosis (BV), there are special considerations to note that will increase your chances of successfully treating the condition. From common factors that contribute to BV to the increased risks facing pregnant women, it is suggested to research your treatment options, chances of reoccurrence, and possible side effects of bacterial vaginosis medication.

Common Triggers of Bacterial Vaginosis

There is no incubation period for bacterial vaginosis as the bacteria that causes BV is always present in the vagina – just in smaller amounts. Many factors can contribute to the overgrowth of bacteria, including douching, birth control pills, bubble baths, feminine hygiene sprays, nylon underwear, as well as chemicals found in some detergents and fabric softeners. Certain sexual behaviors also increase the chances of developing bacterial vaginosis, such as having multiple partners, and vaginal intercourse directly after anal sex.

Antibiotic Treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis

When taking antibiotic medications to treat bacterial vaginosis, it is important to understand the following points:

• Figure out whether taking oral or vaginal medication is the best course of action for you. If you are pregnant, then a doctor will prescribe an oral form to treat your BV.

• A doctor may recommend avoiding sexual intercourse during your time of treatment.

• If you are taking vaginal medications for bacterial vaginosis, you should continue treatment despite a menstrual period. Although medicine inserted into the vagina is harder at this time, you should finish all treatment to avoid a recurrence of the condition.

• Do not drink alcohol while taking oral metronidazole or tinidazole antibiotic treatments for BV. Combining the two substances will cause nausea and vomiting. Clindamycin does not lead to these side effects.

• Keep in mind that the oil in clindmycin cream and ovules can weaken latex, which affects birth control methods, such as condoms and diaphragms [1]. To protect yourself from STDs and avoid becoming pregnant, do not have sex while undergoing bacterial vaginosis treatment.

• When given antibiotic medications for bacterial vaginosis, it is important to finish up a full 7 days of treatment – even when symptoms appear to have cleared up. This not only makes sure the infection is completely eradicated, but will decrease the chances of recurrence.

Recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis

Each year, there are about 3 million new cases of bacterial vaginosis [2]. Unfortunately, about 50% of women successfully treated with antibiotics for the condition will experience a recurrence of symptoms.

Pregnancy and Bacterial Vaginosis

Women who are pregnant face the highest risk of suffering complications from bacterial vaginosis. Some of the medical concerns include early labor, postpartum endomitritis, miscarriages, post-cesarean infections, and delivering a baby with low birth weight. To treat BV in pregnant women, oral medications are administered. Women who have a previous history with the condition should be screened and treated regarding future pregnancies.

Resources
[1] http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/tc/bacterial-vaginosis-medications
[2] http://www.womens-clinic.org/bacterial_vaginosis.php

One Response to “Special Considerations for Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Carlos
    May 7, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers in the world! Tomorrow is Mothering Sunday and I know that eventhough it is celebrated on a different date depending on where you are located, I still wish to greet all mothers!

Leave a Reply