Bacterial Vaginosis - When To Call a Doctor
Bacterial vaginosis can be difficult to distinguish from other types of vaginal
infection. Consider the following if you have any signs of vaginal
Call your doctor immediately if
- Develop lower belly pain and a fever higher
than 101°F (38.33°C) along with
a vaginal discharge.
pregnant and have symptoms of a vaginal
Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if
- Have an unusual vaginal discharge that has a
foul odor, especially noticeable after sex.
- Have unusual vaginal
- Have pain during sex or during
- Develop any other discomfort or discharge that may
indicate a vaginal infection.
If you have not been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis but
you have symptoms that cause you concern, see:
It's generally recommended that you contact or
see your doctor about vaginal symptoms. The only exception to this rule is when
you are sure that your vaginal symptoms mean that you have a
vaginal yeast infection. If you have had a yeast
infection before and are sure that your problem is a yeast infection rather
than bacterial vaginosis, you can consider home treatment with a
nonprescription product to treat yeast infections. For more information, see
Vaginal Yeast Infections.
symptoms are due to a
sexually transmitted infection (STI) and not bacterial
vaginosis, you may infect a sex partner if you delay treatment. You may also
develop more serious complications of STIs such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- To prevent the spread of a possible
infection, avoid sex. Wait until after you have seen your
- Avoid douching.
Who to see
Doctors who can diagnose and treat bacterial vaginosis
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.