Treatment for BV: An Overview
) sometimes clears up without treatment for BV, all women with BV symptoms should be treated to avoid such complications as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Male partners generally do not need treatment for BV. However, BV may spread between female sex partners.
You can get BV again even after successful treatment.
Specific Treatment for BV
Treatment for BV usually includes antibiotics. Your doctor may give you either metronidazole
. Pregnant and non-pregnant women can take either drug, but the recommended dosages differ.
Treatment for BV in Pregnant Women
All pregnant women with symptoms of BV, as well as those who have had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby in the past, should be tested for BV and treated if they have it. The same antibiotics that are used to treat non-pregnant women can be used safely during pregnancy. However, the amount of antibiotic a woman takes during pregnancy may be different from the amount taken if not pregnant.
Treatment for BV Before Certain Procedures
Some physicians recommend that all women undergoing a hysterectomy or abortion get treatment for BV prior to the procedure, regardless of symptoms, to reduce their risk of developing PID (pelvic inflammatory disease).