Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

BV is the most common infection in women of childbearing age and overall twice as common as yeast infection (1)

If left untreated, BV may be associated with serious obstetricial and gynaelcological complications (2)

BV has been shown to be associated with increased risk of acquiring HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases (2)

Conventional antibiotic treatment of BV is not always effective and recurrent infection rates are as high as 30% within 3 months and 80% within 9 months of treatment (2)

Increasing problems with antibiotic resistance of Gardnerella vaginalis. (3)

Some studies show that symptoms of BV can be intermittent and as many as 35% of women with BV are asymptomatic (2)

In the past BV was considered a nuisance condition that was treated to eliminate annoying symptoms. Today the research is clear; BV is more than an annoyance, it is a significant health problem with potentially serious medical consequences.



1) Treating Vaginitis, the Nurse parctitioner, vol 24, no. 10, October 1999
2) The vaginitis Report, national Vaginitis association, 2002
3) Antibiotic resistance of gardnerella vaginalis in recurrent bacterial vaginosis, Indian journal of Medical Microbiology, 2008, 26(2): 155-7


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