The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (also called CDC) estimates that 1 million pregnant women get BV each year. Pregnant women are at increased risk for BV because of hormone changes that happen during pregnancy. Hormones are chemicals made by the body. via
How did I get bacterial vaginosis while pregnant?
The cause of BV is not fully understood yet but is associated with having sex or frequent douching. Women who don't have sex rarely contract this infection. The hormones in a pregnant woman's body can make it easier for bacteria to collect in the vagina. via
Does BV go away on its own during pregnancy?
Most women with BV have perfectly normal pregnancies. And up to half of the cases of BV in pregnant women resolve on their own. Still, studies have shown that having BV when you're pregnant is associated with: An increased risk of preterm birth and having a low-birth-weight baby. via
How can I prevent bacterial infections during pregnancy?
What happens if BV is left untreated during pregnancy?
When left untreated, BV can cause serious complications and health risks. These include: Pregnancy complications: Pregnant women with BV are more likely to have an early delivery or low birth weight baby. They also have a greater chance of developing another type of infection after delivery. via
Can BV cause miscarriage?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is related to the increased risk of miscarriage, preterm labor, and postpartum endometritis. via
How long do BV last?
Bacterial vaginosis usually clears up in 2 or 3 days with antibiotics, but treatment goes on for 7 days. Do not stop using your medicine just because your symptoms are better. Be sure to take the full course of antibiotics. Antibiotics usually work well and have few side effects. via
How do you know if you have BV while pregnant?
The most prominent and often the most disconcerting symptom of BV is a strong fishy vaginal odor, but some women with BV also see increased amounts of discharge that is gray in color. A burning sensation when you urinate, itching in the vulvovaginal area and pain during sex are other symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. via
What does BV smell like?
Here's how you can tell the difference: Discharge: The hallmark sign of BV is discharge with a “fishy” smell. Discharge from yeast infections doesn't usually have a strong smell but may look like cottage cheese. via
How can I clean my private part during pregnancy?
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How can I stop recurring BV?
Why do I keep getting BV?
BV is linked to an imbalance of “good” and “harmful” bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners, as well as douching, can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina. This places a woman at increased risk for getting BV. via
What happens if you go into labor with BV?
Pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) are more likely to go into labor and give birth too early (preterm). Preterm infants may face a number of health challenges, including low birth weight and breathing problems. via