Yes, Bacterial Vaginosis needs to be treated. Although Bacterial Vaginosis will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms should be treated to avoid complications.
If left untreated, the bacteria may get up into the uterus or the fallopian tubes and cause more serious infections. The good news is that treating Bacterial Vaginosis lowers this risk. Male partners generally do not need to be treated, however, Bacterial Vaginosis may be spread between female sex partners.
Treatment is especially important in pregnant women. It is estimated that as many as 16% to 25% of pregnant women have bacterial vaginosis.1 Bacterial Vaginosis is associated with some serious pregnancy related consequences and it is estimated that it contributes up to 30% of premature deliveries.2
All pregnant women who experience the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis should consult their physician and be treated. All pregnant women who have had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby should also be considered for a Bacterial Vaginosis examination, regardless of symptoms, and should be treated if they have Bacterial Vaginosis.