Question: What happens if you have a bacterial infection while pregnant?

Having BV during pregnancy can increase your baby’s risk for premature birth and low birthweight. BV can increase your risk for pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause problems if you’re trying to get pregnant. BV isn’t a sexually transmitted infection, but it is common in sexually active women.

Can a bacterial infection hurt my unborn baby?

Bacterial infections can affect pregnant women from implantation of the fertilized ovum through the time of delivery and peripartum period. They may also affect the fetus and newborn. Many women with these infections are asymptomatic, necessitating both a high degree of clinical awareness and adequate screening.

How do you know if you have a bacterial infection 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.

Can a pregnant woman treat infection while pregnant?

If you are pregnant, do not use nonprescription yeast infection medicine unless you discuss it with your doctor first. Experts recommend that during pregnancy: Vaginal medicines should be used for yeast infection treatment. These may be vaginal creams or suppositories.

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Can BV cause a miscarriage?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is related to the increased risk of miscarriage, preterm labor, and postpartum endometritis.

Will BV go away on its own?

Bacterial vaginosis is usually a mild problem that may go away on its own in a few days. But it can lead to more serious problems. So it’s a good idea to see your doctor and get treatment.

Can sperm cause BV?

Semen is alkaline and often women find they notice a fishy smell after having sex. This is because the vagina wants to be slightly acidic, but if it’s knocked out of balance by the alkaline semen, and it can trigger BV.

Does infection cause miscarriage?

Some viral and bacterial infections can increase your risk of pregnancy loss. While a few infectious illnesses are well-documented risk factors for miscarriage, other studies suggest some common vaginal infections can increase your risk of miscarriage.

What infections cause birth defects?

Toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), varicella, rubella, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) are among the agents that are recognized to have the potential to cause birth defects in a developing fetus.

What infections are harmful during pregnancy?

Some of the infections that can be dangerous during pregnancy include:

  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Group B strep (GBS)
  • Hepatitis.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Toxoplasmosis.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Yeast infections.
  • Zika virus.

What does BV discharge look like?

The main symptom of BV is lots of thin vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell. The discharge may be white, dull gray, greenish, and/or foamy. The fishy smell is often more noticeable after vaginal sex.

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How long can BV be left untreated?

How long does BV typically last? Once you begin treatment, your symptoms should subside within two or three days. If left untreated, BV may take two weeks to go away on its own — or it may keep coming back.