When left untreated, Bacterial Vaginosis can cause serious complications and health risks, including:
- Pregnancy complications: Pregnant women with Bacterial Vaginosis are more likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby. They also have a greater chance of developing another type of infection after delivery.
- Sexually transmitted infections: Bacterial Vaginosis increases your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections, including the herpes simplex virus, chlamydia, and HIV.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: In some cases, Bacterial Vaginosis may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the reproductive organs in women. This condition can increase the risk of infertility.
- Post surgical infections: Bacterial Vaginosis puts you at a higher risk for infections after surgeries affecting the reproductive system. These include hysterectomies, abortions, and caesarean deliveries.