Bacterial Vaginosis and Doxycyline
Sometimes I’m asked whether it’s safe and appropriate to use doxycycline for a BV infection.
Doxycyline is an antibiotic which is used to treat all sorts of bacterial infections, including gum disease, acne, urinary infections and some sexually transmitted diseases. While it has, in some instances, been prescribed for bacterial vaginosis, it is not commonly used for that purpose and is much less effective than other treatments. For that reason, the prescription of doxycyline for BV is rare.
Side effects of doxycycline can include, among others, diarrhea, decreased urination, fever, headaches, blurred vision and dizziness. In addition, it is not considered safe for women who are pregnant.
If you are looking for relief from BV, it’s much more likely that you will be prescribed metronidazole or clindamycin which are the two pharmaceuticals that have a proven track record for treating bacterial vaginosis. However, may women, especially those with recurring BV have reported that these drugs, while often providing short term relief, do not cure BV in the long term. So, if you are looking for a way to get rid of your BV permanently or avoid using prescription drugs, I would recommend that you look beyond prescription drugs and consider the underlying causes of your BV so that you can find long term relief rather than a short term solution.