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What should I ask my doctor when discussing bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

Following are questions you should ask your doctor when discussing bacterial vaginosis (BV):

  • Do over-the-counter products work for treating and preventing BV?
  • Does my male partner need to be treated?
  • What if I have a female partner? Will she need to be treated?
  • What difference does it make whether I have BV or a yeast infection?
  • If I have had BV in the past and am pregnant, should I get tested for BV even if I don't have any symptoms?
  • How do I identify BV and avoid it in the future?
  • Do I need to refrain from sexual contact while I am being treated?
  • How much douching is excessive?
  • Are the drugs used for treating BV safe for pregnant women?
  • Is BV considered a sexually transmitted infection?

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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