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What is bacterial vaginosis?
“Bacterial vaginosis is defined as vaginal inflammation caused by overgrowth of bacteria that is naturally found in the vagina. It’s harmless and easily treated. It’s not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The cause of it isn’t completely understood, but activities such as frequent use of feminine hygiene products increase your risk.”
- Dr. Brett Belchetz, ER Physician, Toronto
How do doctors treat bacterial vaginosis?
“I usually treat bacterial vaginosis with antibiotic tablets or gel. If you’re pregnant, it’s usually still safe to use treatment. Unlike with STIs, partners don’t need treatment, unless female partners have symptoms. For more complicated cases, such as those that don’t resolve with treatment, or that recur within 6 months, I’ll often prescribe a longer course of antibiotic gel.”
- Dr. Peter Iracleous, ER Physician, Toronto