Scoping review of the association between bacterial vaginosis and emotional, sexual and social health

Last updated on 8-4-2023 by Brecht Devleesschauwer

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BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that, if symptomatic, is characterized by discharge and odor, with high recurrence rates even when treated. This study aims to review what literature exists on the association between BV and the emotional, sexual, and social health of women. METHODS: MEDLINE, Embase and Web of Science databases were searched from inception until November 2020. Studies reporting an association between women’s emotional, sexual and/or social health and symptomatic BV in a qualitative and/or quantitative manner were included. Selected studies were divided …

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