Can BV Hurt Your Baby?
Concerned that BV might cause pregnancy complications or hurt your baby? Although BV generally does not pose serious health concerns, infections (including BV) are associated with a risk of premature birth, low birth weight, pre-term rupture of membranes and post-delivery uterine infection. In fact, somewhere between 25% and 60% of premature births are thought to be attributable to various types of infection and one recent recent study showed that BV during pregnancy can result in a 200% to 300% increase in the risk of premature birth.
That being said, you should keep in mind that BV is a relatively common occurrence with between 10% and 30% of all women experiencing it sometime during their pregnancy. Most of these women have completely normal pregnancies and as much as half of the bacterial vaginosis cases and pregnant women actually resolve on their own.
It should be noted that BV does make you more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
So the bottom line is this – although there is certainly an increase in your risk of complications during pregnancy due to bacterial vaginosis, the chances of BV causing a serious problem for you or your baby are still relatively low. However, if you do suffer from PV and are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you should certainly seek the advice of your doctor and ensure that you take whatever steps are available to you to get the condition treated and reduce the risk of BV hurting your pregnancy.Google+