Bacterial Vaginosis The Other Vaginitis

by Larry Perry

Women assume yeast infections are the most common vaginial infection. Yeast infection is also called thrush, candida, or monilial infection. It is the second most common type of vaginitis.

The most frequent type of vaginitis is called bacterial vaginosis. Bacteria cause almost 45% of all vaginal infections.

The bacterial vaginial infection is called bacterial vaginosis. Bacteria is normally found in a woman’s vagina. Normally the helpful bacteria in a women’s vagina protects her from both yeast and bacterial vaginitis. The name of the helpful bacteria is lactobacillus. The job of lactobacillus is maintain the pH of the vagina.

Not so helpful bacterial can grow out of control when the lactobacillus is overwhelmed. No one knows why or how this happens.

Bacterial vaginosis will cause a discharge from the vagina. The discharge may have a fishy smell especially after having sex or menstrual period. Discharge from bacterial vaginosis can be clear, grey, or milky. It can be thick or thin.

Why Should You Care About Bacterial Vaginosis? By traveling up the vagina into the cervix and the fallopian tubes the bacteria can start an infection elsewhere. These infection can cause sterility and other problems.

If a woman is pregnant bacterial vaginosis can cause:

In addition, if a woman is pregnant bacterial vaginosis can cause:

Early delivery or miscarriage

Premature birth,

Medical studies have shown bacterial vaginosis in the first trimester can double the incidence of miscarriage in the second trimester

Women with IUD’s who suspect they have an infection should call their health care provider as soon as possible. Bacteria can easily travel up the IUD ‘strings’ to the uterus and fallopian tube.

Tests and Treatment Of Bacterial Vaginosis

Testing And Treatment

In the healthcare provider’s office the discharge will be examined under a microscope. When a drop of saline water is placed on the slide with the discharge the bacteria clump up providing a clue to the healthcare provider. That’s how the name of the clumping became clue cells. This is called a bacteria wet smear.

Unfortunately bacterial vaginosis reoccurs frequently. To make it occur less frequent you may want to consider a natural plan of treatment combined with medical treatment.

The chance of bacterial vaginosis happening again is very high. You may want to consider using a combination of medical treatment and natural treatments.

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