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Bacterial vaginosis - What treatments work for bacterial vaginosis?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Bacterial vaginosis often gets better without treatment. But it often comes back, whether you have treatment or not.

  • Antibiotics can help get rid of bacterial vaginosis, but the infection often comes back.

  • There are things you can try to keep your vagina healthy. To learn more see Is there anything I can do to prevent another infection?

  • You can use antibiotic tablets, or creams and gels that you put in your vagina. All these methods work equally well.

  • If in the past you have had a baby too early (before the 37th week of pregnancy), using antibiotics to treat your bacterial vaginosis can help reduce the risk of you having a small (low birth weight) baby if you are pregnant.

  • If you are having an abortion, using antibiotics to treat bacterial vaginosis will help prevent you from getting an infection afterwards.

Your doctor may test you for bacterial vaginosis and offer you treatment if you:

  • Have symptoms such as a discharge from your vagina

  • Are pregnant and have had problems with a pregnancy before, such as having a baby too early (prematurely)

  • Are having an abortion or another procedure in your pelvic area.

We found only one treatment for bacterial vaginosis: antibiotics. We've looked closely at the research and found that this is a treatment that works.

Treatments for bacterial vaginosis

Treatments that work



These medicines are used to help your immune system fight infection. There are a number of different types of antibiotics that work in different ways to get rid of bacteria, parasites, and other infectious agents. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.


Your pelvis is the area between your hips.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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