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Question: How is bacterial vaginosis treated?

Answer:

Treatment is with metronidazole or clindamycin orally or vaginally (Flagyl, Metrogel, Cleocin). There is debate as to whether or not BV is sexually transmitted. Treatment of sexual partners is usually reserved for recurrent infections. Bacterial vaginosis has been linked with some poor pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth. Both metronidazole and clindamycin can be used safely throughout

Reference: Stenchever MA, Droegemueller W, Herbst AL, Mishell DR (eds): Comprehensive Gynecology, 4th ed. St. Louis, Mosby, 2001.

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