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Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) treatment involves antibiotics such as metronidazole and clindamycin.

  • 05 Mar 2024
  • 2 min read

A common vaginal infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there is an overgrowth in the normal vaginal flora. The symptoms include increased vaginal discharge that has a pungent odour and is typically thin and grey or white. Women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis are at a higher risk of acquiring other sexually transmitted infections.

Let’s explore some BV treatment options that have led to positive outcomes.

What are the Treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis?

Your healthcare provider will be your best ally for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Nonetheless, let us understand the treatment options early on.

  • Resort to Antibiotics: Metronidazole and clindamycin are the common antibiotics prescribed for the treatment of BV. You can get them in two forms: an intravenous gel or cream and an oral tablet.

  • Finish the Course: No matter how much better you feel, you must complete the antibiotic course as directed. The condition has a high chance of relapsing if you stop the treatment prematurely.

  • Skip Home Remedies: Conventional and over-the-counter remedies for yeast infections can worsen BV symptoms, so it's best to avoid them. The wisest step to take is to consult a medical professional.

  • Natural Settlement: Medications may not always be necessary for BV to heal on its own. See a doctor if the condition does not improve. Pregnancy complications and an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases are two outcomes of untreated BV.


Bacterial vaginosis is simply another aspect of women’s health that must be addressed without feeling ashamed about it. You will feel better quickly if you stick to the basics, avoid over-the-counter medicines, and see a doctor. Importantly, securing health insurance policy could become a lifesaver when things appear awry, such as a common infection assuming alarming proportions. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.


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