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Tests for Bacterial Vaginosis

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

  • If you are having your menstrual period.
  • If you use a vaginal medicine.
  • Having sex or douching 24 hours before this test.

What To Think About

  • Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy increases a woman's risk of early (preterm) delivery. Because of this risk, it is important to treat bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy with antibiotics.
  • Experts disagree about calling bacterial vaginosis a sexually transmitted infection (STI). A history of STIs or having multiple sex partners increases the chance of developing bacterial vaginosis.

Other Works Consulted

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
Current as of March 12, 2014
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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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