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Is it safe to treat pregnant women who have bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

All pregnant women with symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV) should be tested and treated if they have it. This is especially important for pregnant women who have had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby in the past. There are treatments available at any stage of your pregnancy. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what is right for you.

This answer is based on source information from The National Women's Health Information Center.

Pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) who have symptoms should be treated, regardless of other risk factors for preterm delivery. However, treating pregnant women who test positive for BV but who don't have symptoms (asymptomatic) is controversial. Generally, pregnant woman with asymptomatic BV don't require treatment.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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