Q: Can Bacterial Vaginosis Cause Infertility?
A: Bacterial vaginosis cannot directly cause infertility in women. The risk of infertility only occurs when bacterial vaginosis develops a complication called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), wherein your womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries suffer from inflammation. Symptoms of PID include pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen, painful sex and bleeding between periods.1 Should you develop PID as a result of bacterial vaginosis, visit your doctor right away before your condition worsens.
Q: Can a Man Get Bacterial Vaginosis?
A: Men cannot get bacterial vaginosis because this condition strictly affects the vagina only.2
Q: Can Bacterial Vaginosis Cause Miscarriage?
A: Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition expectant mothers may get, which in turn increases their risk for a miscarriage. There is some evidence to support this claim in a 1996 study by the journal Human Reproduction. According to the researchers, pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis are more likely to suffer a miscarriage late into their pregnancies.3
Q: Does Bacterial Vaginosis Itch?
A: Yes, bacterial vaginosis causes itching and burning in the vaginal region. However, this condition does not cause rashes to form.4
Q: Will Bacterial Vaginosis Go Away on Its Own?
A: It's possible for bacterial vaginosis to go away on its own. Most cases are mild and last only a few days. You might have had it already, but you just didn't know about it. But if a foul-smelling vaginal discharge should develop, have it checked right away for possible infections.5
Q: What Is the Correlation Between Bacterial Vaginosis and Sex?
A: Doctors don't know the exact correlation between bacterial vaginosis and sexual intercourse, but it's generally agreed that being sexually active increases your risk, more so if you have multiple partners. It's also possible to get it by having sex with women.6