Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Nov 30, 2019

Complications of Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis generally causes no serious complications.

  • It is sometimes known to be associated with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • The bacteria can sometimes infect the womb (uterus) and the tube that carries eggs from ovaries to the uterus causes Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • PID is a serious disease in women that can cause infertility and tubal (ectopic) pregnancy.
  • Tubal pregnancy can be life threatening as the pregnancy occurs in the fallopian tube and it can rupture.
  • Bacterial vaginosis also makes a woman more susceptible to infections such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV
  • Bacterial vaginosis is known to cause problems in pregnancy such as such as premature delivery and low-birth-weight babies.
  • Hence it is advisable to check this condition in women who have a previous history of such deliveries.(5,7)
Complications of Bacterial Vaginosis


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  3. Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.ijcmas.com/vol-4-6/Anahita%20Bhesania%20Hodiwala%20and%20Anuradha%20Koli.pdf)
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  5. Bacterial Vaginosis as a Mixed Infection - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2495/)
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guest Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Upon entering the Menopause stage, I found myself with reoccuring Bacterial Vaginosis. I took antibotics for over a years off and on and it still came back. Then I remembered that years ago a doctor recommended Betidine douche for a bacterial infection. I HIGHLY recommend you try it.

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