Bacterialvaginosis is a disease that's caused by the overgrowth of a type of bacteria that's called Gardnerella vaginalis, Gardnerella vaginalis. And as the name might suggest, this is the most common vaginal infection. Now I wanna put these really big quotes
around the term infection because the thing that's interesting about Gardnerella vaginalis is that it's a bacteriathat's naturally found in the vagina. Now some may consider this to be a sexually transmitted infection, which is interestingbecause it doesn't cause
any problems until there'stoo much of it there. So when we look to the causes of bacterial vaginosis, they are all things that change the vaginal environment. That can include acts like douching, so douching, or rinsing of the vagina. The other is having newor multiple sex partners.
And finally, another known cause is the use of antibiotics. This could be in the case of somebody that has a throat infection or a pneumonia that's on antibiotics which will then attackthe bacteria that exists within the vagina andallow Gardnerella vaginalis to overgrow and cause bacterial vaginosis.
So we've touched a little bit on it here, but I wanna draw it out. So when we talk about the pathophysiology of a disease, we'retalking about the mechanism by which that disease occurs. So in order to understandthe pathophysiology of bacterial vaginosis, we need to take a look at a sample of bacteria
that exists in the vagina. So I'll draw out someGardnerella vaginalis bacteria, and so I'll put this up in our key. This is the symbol forGardnerella vaginalis. And I'll draw a few of them around here, but I also wanna show that there are a lot of other bacteriathat exist in this sample. So if you really look at it here,
My Vaginal Discharge Smells Like Garlic
My vaginal discharge smells like garlic. I know that if you eat enough garlic or onions,it can permeate your pores, but if you ate that much garlic, your breath would definitelyoverpower any smell down there. Garlic breath would go away in a few hours. It depends on how much you ate, but it couldcome through your pores a day or two later. If that's the case, start eating out atItalian places so no one notices. And here I thought you'd recommend someperfumed stuff. If you don't like the smell, I'd definitelynot be using it as an antibacterial.
If I was spraying it down there like bodyspray, I'd know. I don't know if you are taking garlic pillsas a natural antibiotic or for heart health, but that can ooze out of your pores too. Andyou might only notice it down there because it is one of the few places not perfumed. I know douching can be bad by rinsing outgood bacteria. That's why I don't do it. Are you sure it isn't a fishy smell you'remistaking for garlicé That's a bacterial infection. And it is in part a result of wiping backto front, having sex in the rear and then
front that introduces bacteria, wearing athong that rubs both areas â€“ I won't admit to any of that, and I don'tthink that's the cause. Do you have red, itchy, burning and thickwhite clumpy dischargeé That's the sign of a yeast infection. Butsome people say it smells more like beer or bread, not garlic. And how often are you doing a smell test tomake the comparisoné Unfortunately, I've had enough yeast infectionsto know what it is like. But bacterial vaginosis can have the smellof an onion or garlic. And if there is a yeast
infection, there is an increased chance ofbacterial infection too. If that's the case, I need to talk to a. Any other tipsé Take more showers, eat some other spices insteadof onions and garlic, drink more water to flush it out of your system. So I'll try curry. Eating curry can make it smell like onionsand garlic down there. And so can eating asparagus. What else could make it smell like an onionor garlic down thereé Antibiotics can alter the bacterial balanceand have that result.
I prefer essential oils. Essential oils can do that too, especiallythe ones related to the foods I already said not to eat. I'd hate to think herbal treatments werecausing this. It may just be a result of not wearing clothesthat let you breathe while eating too much spicy food. Fortunately, that's the easiestthing to cure.
Vaginal Discharge After Hysterectomy
I need your advice on vaginal discharge afterhysterectomy. It certainly shouldn't include blood, sinceyou can't have a period anymore. I know any blood after a hysterectomy meanssomething is broken, well bad. But I've heard there could be some. Brown vaginal discharge for a couple of weeksafter a hysterectomy is normal. I thought it would only last a few days. The red bloody discharge as incisions healis only a few days, while the brown dried blood can leak out over weeks.
So even without a period, I have to wear maxipads for another month or two. Don't use tampons. I know, they recommended against that, evenwith the expected discharge. If you lift anything heavy in the six weeksafterward and get a rush of blood, get to the emergency room because you tore something. They gave me the same advice as when you havea kid â€“ don't lift anything heavier than a newborn. You can have bleeding because you tore thingshaving sex too soon after the hysterectomy
too. Let's just say surgery and vaginal dischargelike this are the exact opposite of the mood required for that to happen. Any spotting with a bad odor, though, is areason to see a . Even if it is a really bad yeast or bacterial infection, it needsto be treated. So the standard yeast infection with a beersmell is really bad right now. Yes. And a thick white curdish material comingout from an infection is also really bad. What other discharge should I be on the lookoutforé
Any thick yellow drainage is a possible infectionof the surgical wound, so you need to see the about that. Ditto if you can'tpee or poop. I'd certainly see a about not beingable to go to the bathroom. A warning sign is when it hurts to do so. They tell you to have laxatives and lots offiber to reduce the straining down there. If it burns when you pee, that's a urinarytract infection, but it could mean other bacteria are in the incisions. And green and yellowdischarge from the vagina means there definitely is.
So even though I can't have kids, I stillget a few more weeks of looking at the multicolored diaper pad insert. You are supposed to talk to the anytime there is bleeding heavier than light spotting and any discharge that has a badodor. If in doubt, ask the doc.