Complications of BV

Complications of BV –  Bacterial Vaginosis

Complications of BVBacterial vaginosis in itself is a harmless vaginal infection caused by an imbalance in the flora of the vagina. We have good and bad bacteria in our vaginas and when in perfect balance the good bacteria keep the bad bacteria under control.  In a perfect world that is all we need, however something happens to disrupt this harmony and the bad bacteria is allowed to grow out of control hence a case of bacterial vaginosis occurs.

Medical experts have no clue as to why the balance is disrupted, what causes BV to occur.

BV was formerly called Gardnerella vaginosis as the Gardnerella bacteria were thought to cause the infection. It is now known that there are many other bacteria that can cause a bacterial vaginosis infection.

Complications of BV arises when there is the possibility of the infection spreading through surgical procedures such as pregnancy, child birth, abortion, miscarriage or hysterectomy.

Having bacterial vaginosis infection has been linked to having a pre-term baby or giving birth to a low-weight baby, less than 5.5 pounds.

A BV infection is also thought to increase your risk of contracting other infections if exposed to them such as HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HSV – herpes simplex virus.

It is believed that whilst a male partner is not at risk of contracting BV, if you have a female sexual partner they may contract BV from you.

The infection that causes BV can also spread to the woman’s womb or uterus and the fallopian tubes. This type of infection is then known as PID, pelvic inflammatory disease.

Complications of BVPID can cause damage to the fallopian tubes and may affect fertility. It can also increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies where a fertilized egg  grows outside of the uterus which can be a life-threatening condition.

A BV infection should always be medically treated if you are pregnant. Antibiotics are used to clear up the infection.

In fact some doctors insist women patients are treated for a BV infection whether symptoms are present or not before carrying out any surgical procedures such as abortion or hysterectomy to reduce the risk of infection.

Two types of antibiotics are used in the treatment of BV. metronidazole and clindamycin. Both can be used for pregnant and non-pregnant women yet the dosages will differ.

If you are to undergo any ‘female’ medical procedure and you have been experiencing symptoms of BV, please ensure your doctor is made aware of it. There is nothing to be embarrassed about.

With the right treatment you can greatly diminish the risks from any complications of BV.

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  1. Penny, 19 December, 2013

    Thanks for having a clear overview of what BV really is. I know the first time I got it I had no idea what was going on, and I thought it was a yeast infection. Mistake. If you treat BV with over the counter yeast infection creams, you are only going to make it worse. I ended up in the gyno’s office with an even worse infection. Sadly, my Dr. at the time didn’t take any time to tell me what was going on. He just handed me a prescription and said “Here take this, it’ll get better.” I eventually switched gyno’s and got sound advice from my new Dr. She helped me treat it with creams, and they were a better fit for me.

  2. Sandra, 21 December, 2013

    I know how hard it is for women to talk openly about bacterial vaginosis. My goal was to create a website that clearly explains the problem and hopefully to eliminate the embarrassment BV causes us. I wish Doctors took the same approach and treated us with more common sense and explain what is going on with our bodies. Once you understand that cause of BV you can go on to treat it naturally with home remedies.

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