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,
Is it Normal to Always Have a White Discharge
Is it normal to always have a white dischargeé For women, the normal mucus is going to beclear to white. Then color variation is normal. Green is a color, but it is not normal. Yellowis not good either. I've heard that this might be a sign ofa problem. A good indication is the smell. If there isone, you may have an infection. I really don't want to have an STD. It might be an STD. Or it might be a yeastinfection.
How on Earth would I get thaté While I'mbig on raw food, how would yeast get down thereé It's in the air, on your skin and in yourbody. What's the treatmenté There are $20 tubes of medication you canget at the store, or you could try yogurt. At least it is the same color as what'sdown there. No, you eat the yogurt. The probiotics inthe yogurt improve your internal ecosystem, helping you fight a yeast infection.
Do guys ever get a white dischargeé When they are in the mood, it should be. Anyother color is dangerous. What about when they peeé That should be yellow, though the color mightbe thrown off by medications a guy takes. If the pee is orange, red, brown or dark,something is really wrong. That sounds like a scene from a horror movie. And if a guy's pee is white, there is areally major problem. That means he has a severe infection somewhere inside.
And a chest burster alien is about to erupt. I thought that guy had severe stomach painsat the dining room table, not a problem in the bathroom. What if you are pregnanté For a guy, that would be a nightmare. I meant for a woman. For a girl, pregnancy means more discharge,but it should be mostly clear. If not, that's what an OBGYN is for.
Pregnancy Tips How to Handle Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
They tell you there is going to be a lot ofchanges to your body when you are pregnant but oo, vaginal dischargeé I'm Jill fromTampa, Florida telling you how to know if your vaginal discharge is o'kay. In pregnancyit is normal with the change of hormones to have a thickening or an increase in the amountof vaginal discharge you have. But there are certain times when you can have an infectionwhen you want to make sure that you don't. If your discharge has an odor, it burns, ititches you need to go see your healthcare provider. Special circumstances are bleeding,that is a discharge that you definitely need to be evaluated by your physician. The otherareas is leaking of fluid. If you are towards
the end of your pregnancy and you have a biggush of fluid, it could be urine but it also could be amniotic fluid and you want to makesure that that is safe so I would check with your healthcare provider. Most discharge isnormal but remember you want to make sure that you don't have an infection and if youdo you want to make sure to get that infection treated. I'm Jill from Tampa, Floridahere to talk to you and explain how to know if your vaginal discharge is o'kay. Have agood pregnancy.