Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) Can Cause Ectopic Pregnancies

Medical studies say that bacterial vaginosis which is also known as vaginal bacteriosis can cause ectopic pregnancies. This is something that each pregnant woman doesn’t want to happen because an ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening situation. And if you have not been very careful enough to take care of yourself, it might be already too late for you to find out that you have an illness called bacterial vaginosis before you got pregnant. So before you even plan to build a family of your own, you need to check yourself first if you are safe and ready to carry a child on your womb. And one of those things you should know first is if you have BV.

Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition which can only be seen in women. Most of the times for most people when they come to know that a women has BV, they immediately jump into the conclusion that she has STD or sexually transmitted diseases. This is not completely true. Vaginal bacteriosis is an infection that can happen to all women which was caused by imbalanced bacteria in a women’s vagina. Let’s just say that there two kinds of bacteria in a women’s vagina – the good and the bad. And if these bad bacteria overpower the good ones then this will result into a condition called bacterial vaginosis. Although, it’s true that a woman with bacterial vaginosis is susceptible to be infected with sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

Bacterial Vaginosis BV Can Cause Ectopic Pregnancies


Top 3 Common Signs of Bacterial Vaginosis?

1. Vaginal Discharge

This is the first thing you should check. Most women think that it is common for them to experience sudden discharge most especially when they are near to their monthly menstruation period. However, if you discharge is watery and thin; comes out as either grey or white; and may have a very unpleasant and strong fishy smell, then you might be suffering from BV;

2. Uncomfortable feeling when urinating

If you find it hard to urinate or you can feel a burning sensation while taking a pee then this is one bad sign as well;

3. Uncontrollable itchiness

If you feel uncomfortable because of an itching around the outer part of your vagina then probably you have the infection.

Among of the three aforementioned signs above, the first one is the main and most probable sign which may indicate that you have BV. While the other two are possible symptoms but they are much less common – or it could be cause by another conditions.

Possible causes of Bacterial Vaginosis

There’s no scientific explanation what causes the imbalance of bacteria around the female’s vagina or why this can happen. The only fact known is that the female vagina contains more good bacteria as compared with harmful bacteria. And when these bad overpower those good bacteria, then that’s when it causes BV.

According to medical studies, a female vagina should have a certain bacteria that can protect them from those bad bacteria. And this is called lactobacilli, lactic acid bacteria, which produce lactic acid that prevents other bacteria to grow around the female’s vagina.

As we’ve mentioned before, any women can develop BV which can be contributed by some common activities. And they are as follows:

  • A new sex partner
  • Multiple sex partners
  • Douching
  • Antiseptic liquids
  • Smoking
  • Bubble bath and/or scented soaps
  • Using IUDs
  • Using vaginal deodorants
  • Using strong detergents

Risk of Having Ectopic Pregnancies Due To Bacterial Vaginosis

Now that we know now the signs, possible causes, and definition of BV I guess you should know by now that this disease can greatly affect one’s pregnancy.  So why ectopic pregnancy? Actually, it is not always the case but it is recorded that most women with bacterial vaginosis most often deliver babies prematurely or sometimes the baby weighs too low or known as low birth weight. A low birth weight is common to babies born with less than 5lbs.  But if these bad bacteria caused by BV reaches and infects the female’s uterus and fallopian tubes – then the female may incur a disease called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). A PID can cause infertility or worst it can damage the tubes which can contribute to ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can cause so much risk for both the mother and the child. This is because the fertilized egg is growing outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube which can rupture anytime.

Early Prevention

There are available treatments for bacterial vaginosis but it is recommended that you consult an expert first before taking or applying anything on your private part.  But the most common you can do for yourself to prevent this infection from taking over you is by trying to do the opposite of all the aforementioned possible causes of Bacterial Vaginosis.

[Source: CDC]