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,
Why Am I Group B Strep Positive
Why am I Group B Strep positiveé The group B strep bacteria is common in theintestine and lower genital tract. It is not necessarily going to make you sick. The was certainly concerned about it.He's talking about antibiotics, while I'm barely supposed to touch cold medicine. It can cause a UTI in women, which is alreadya bad enough problem for pregnant women since they are peeing for two. The group B strepcan give you a urinary tract infection. The problem is that it can make the baby sickif the kid comes into contact with it.
This is not like one of those social diseases,righté While all natural sounds nice, I like livingin a world with antibiotics. Otherwise, this is the sort of thing that could cause reallybad problems during childbirth, which is why five in a hundred women did die every timethey had a kid. It's that badé If you're pregnant, it can infect the placentaand risk the kid that way, or give them sepsis, which can kill them or kill you if untreated. Now I'm worried that he did not give meany antibiotics.
If you have group strep B, they usually giveyou antibiotics during labor so that you do not give it to the kid. If you had an activeUTI, they'd give you antibiotics for that now. How do they know I have ité The finds out if you have it by swabbingyou down there and sending it to the lab to check for it. In your case, the test was positive. Well, if it was negative, that's one thingI would not have to worry about on top of everything else. How did I get ité
You can spread it by wiping back to frontinstead of front to back, pushing the butt bacteria into the lady bits. So my kid could get a serious infection becauseof how I wiped my bottom. And I'm about to start having to wipe baby bottoms a dozentimes a day. It is one more reason to wash your hands thoroughly.I know I said it can cause sepsis, but it is way more likely just to cause pneumoniafor the baby than sepsis, and only rarely meningitis. Brand new babies on ventilators are no lessstressful a concept than blood borne infections.
Do I have to do antibioticsé That or a Csection so the baby does not comeinto contact with the bacteria. I'll take the antibiotics instead, thankyou.