My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

What can happen if bacterial vaginosis is left untreated?

I've been told I have equivocal bacterial vaginosis for over a year. I've had an unusual discharge and a fishy smell from my vagina since then. Can going untreated for this long lead to something more dangerous?

Related Topics: Bacterial Vaginosis, Smell, Vagina

Answers from Contributors (1)

10,851 Answers
33,832 Helpful Votes

Hi found this piece of info for you, its lays out the problems of not getting it seen to.

Treatment of women with clinically equivocal bacterial vaginosis may increase the risks of preterm birth and low birth weight.

The course of bacterial vaginosis varies and is poorly understood. Without treatment, symptoms may persist or resolve in both pregnant and non-pregnant women. Recurrence after treatment occurs in about a third of women. A history of bacterial vaginosis is associated with increased rates of complications in pregnancy: low birth weight; preterm birth (pooled OR from 10 cohort studies: 1.8, 95% CI 1.5 to 2.6); preterm labour; premature rupture of membranes; late miscarriage; chorioamnionitis; endometritis after normal delivery (8.2% v 1.5%; OR 5.6, 95% CI 1.8 to 17.2); endometritis after caesarean section (55% v 17%; OR 5.8, 95% CI 3.0 to 10.9); and surgery to the genital tract. Women who have had a previous preterm delivery are especially at risk of complications in pregnancy, with a sevenfold increased risk of preterm birth (24/428 [5.6%] in all women v 10/24 [41.7%] in women with a previous preterm birth). Bacterial vaginosis can also increase the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission.

Now I normally tell women who get this to try sea salt, you do this in warm water baths, needs to be like the ocean in strength, now that's one way.

Have you thought of going to an STD/GUM Clinic for help, the staff do know there job and not just for STDs.

Do hope this helps.

Good Luck

The opinions expressed here are solely those of the User.down arrowThe opinions expressed here are solely those of the User.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see the
bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

19 of 27 found this helpful