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bacterial infection in the vaginal area

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I was recently at a local planned parenthood and found out that i had a bacterial infection in the vaginal area. The doctor has me currently on Metronidazole. After looking up the medication i have found out that the bacterial infection that i have might be assiciated with Trichomoniasis. I had asked my doctor if it was safe for me to continue having sex and she said it was ok. I had also asked her if my partner needed to be checked out and she told me no. My question for you is, is the bacterial infection associated with the Trichomoniasis disease? Should my partner be checked out as well? Also if there’s anymore information you can give me on this bacterial infection i would appreciate it.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Jennifer Hamann replied 11 years ago.
HI,
   Bacterial vaginosis is quite common. Metronidazole is a broad spectrum antibiotic that clears most everything up in that particular area. No the bacterial infection is not associated with trichomoniasis so breath easy,there really isn't anything for you to worry about. What happens is that something alters the chemistry inside the vagina and allows certain microorganisms to grow out of control. Usually the yeast(naturally occuring) keep them in check and vice versa. Don't worry it is not transmitted by intercourse but it may be more comfortable for you to hold off on sex for a little bit. There really isn't any reason for your partner to be checked if he isn't having any type of symptoms. Hope this was helpful!

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