Oestrogen cuts bacterial vaginosis rates

Bacterial vaginosis recurrence rates are halved in women using oestrogen-containing contraceptives, according to a surprise finding from Australian researchers.

The result could be promising news on the hard-to-treat condition, which is the most common cause of vaginal discharge and recurs in about 50% of women within 12 months of antibiotic therapy.

The association was a spin-off finding from a randomised trial of 404 Melbourne women with symptomatic bacterial vaginosis, which set out to determine whether adding topical treatments to oral antibiotics prevented recurrence of the condition.

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