Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | 

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

Bacterial Vaginosis - Treatment

The standard treatment for bacterial vaginosis is by using antibiotics

  • A five-day course of Metronidazole is effective in 85% of the cases.
  • Tinidazole 2gms orally once daily as a single dose.
  • Ampicillin or Cephalosporin is also effective against these organisms.
  • Tetracycline, Doxycycline or sulfafurazole are alternate antibiotics but they need to be taken for a longer period.
  • Tropical Clindamycin cream intravaginally is also known to be effective.
  • (Do not consume alcohol when using when using Metronidazole or tinidazole for 3 days after.)

Generally, male sex partners are not be treated, as this is not a sexually transmitted disease.(5,6)

Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis


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  2. What is Bacterial Vaginosis? - (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184622.php)
  3. Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.ijcmas.com/vol-4-6/Anahita%20Bhesania%20Hodiwala%20and%20Anuradha%20Koli.pdf)
  4. Bacterial Vaginosis - CDC Fact Sheet - (https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm)
  5. Bacterial Vaginosis as a Mixed Infection - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2495/)
  6. Overview of Bacterial Vaginosis - (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352279)
  7. What You Need To Know About Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) - (https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/what-is-bacterial-vaginosis#2)


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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