Articles on: Bacterial Vaginosis

How does treatment for bacterial vaginosis work?

BV Treatment Plan

To note, this should be noted as estimation only, your treatment course will ultimately be determined by your assigned doctor and treatment plans and timelines will be discussed during your consultation.

The most common treatment approach is a course of antibiotics, usually taken orally or applied vaginally. These antibiotics are typically prescribed for a short duration, usually ranging from 5 to 7 days.

The goal of treatment is to eliminate the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina.

In most cases, symptoms of BV improve within a few days of starting treatment, and the infection clears up completely within a week or so.

However, while the initial treatment for BV is short-term, some women may experience recurrence of BV after completing their course of antibiotics. In such cases, a healthcare provider may recommend additional or prolonged treatment to help prevent recurrence. This could involve repeated courses of antibiotics or other measures aimed at restoring and maintaining the balance of bacteria in the vagina over the long term.

Additionally, some women may benefit from lifestyle changes or preventive measures to reduce the risk of BV recurrence, such as avoiding douching, using condoms consistently and correctly, and maintaining good genital hygiene. Regular follow-up with a healthcare provider is important for monitoring and managing BV, especially for women who experience recurrent infections.

Updated on: 23/05/2024

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