Should I be treated for bacterial vaginosis (BV) if I’m pregnant?

If you have bacterial vaginosis (BV), your provider can prescribe medication that’s safe to use during pregnancy. You should get treated for the infection whether or not you have symptoms. BV can cause pregnancy complications, such as early delivery or having a baby that weighs less than average.

When should I tell my partner?

Male partners don’t need to be treated for bacterial vaginosis (BV). If you have a female partner, she may have BV too. It’s important to let her know so she can get treatment.

When should I call my healthcare provider?

Call your provider if you have:

  • Discharge that changes color or consistency.
  • Discharge that smells different than usual.
  • Vaginal itching, burning, swelling or soreness.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Although bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection, it can make you vulnerable to more serious conditions. Don’t put off seeing your healthcare provider if you notice anything unusual. A simple course of antibiotics could set things straight.

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