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I was diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis, I`ve read it can cause miscarriages, etc

Hi Alex
I`m now 4 weeks pregnant and this is my first baby. I was diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis about 2 weeks back, actually that`s what gave me a clue that i might be pregnant because i`ve never had it before (that i know of). I`m just very scared because i`ve read it can cause miscarriages, preterm labour and cause your membranes to rupture.
My doc gave me 5 tablets of Metronidazole 400mg tabs to treat it. Is it common to have this infection? And do you have any advice? I`m just so worried, but my doc seems to think it`s not even worth treating when the literature says otherwise.
Thanks
Tali

Sarah...
Answer: Hi Tali, Thank you for your enquiry. Every woman has bacteria in her vagina as it stops the bad bacteria from getting in there. Sometimes you can be a bit imbalanced and it needs treating. Sometimes the treatment can kill good bacteria as well as bad bacteria so this is why there is some conflict over treating some minor problems. There are some infections that need to be treated that do cause problems to the mother and baby but this one is not as dangerous. If it causes ongoing high temperatures it tends to be more dangerous. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 22 Mar 2008