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,
Vaginal Discharge During Menopause
I need your input on vaginal discharge duringmenopause. When you're going through menopause, you'llhave your period less often or less intensely before it finally shuts off. I know menopause isn't an off switch butmore a slow fade. When you're going through menopause, you'llsee similar shifts in vaginal discharge like white and sticky to dry right before yourperiod, but you may not see the clear and slippery phase for ovulation. Because I might not ovulate.
However, when you're going through menopause,there's still a chance you'll get pregnant. And have a kid with a higher risk of healthproblems. Or multiples. As your eggs hit their expirationdate, the body offsets it by releasing multiple eggs. What other vaginal discharge should I expectduring menopauseé If it starts to smell sweet down there, you'reprobably developing diabetes â€“ especially so if the urine smells sweet and looks likesyrup too. A rash of repeated yeast infections can bea symptom of diabetes too.
And your odds of adult onset diabetes go upwith age. What else should I knowé With age, the vaginal discharge goes down,which is why older women tend to need lubrication, since the body doesn't make as much. And while a lack of lubrication and make youmore sensitive to yeast and bacterial infections, using too much lubrication can alter pH levelsand do the same. You'll know you have one of those infectionsby the foul smelling discharge if it is bacterial and the fish smell with yellow and solid massesif yeast based.
Fortunately, I haven't had to do a smelltest to see what is wrong. If you get red or brown vaginal discharge,you'll probably want to talk to a . We already discussed how your period fadesaway at this age. Yes, but red blood that's constant indicateslesions or a serious infection, while brown blood can be a period that's not completeor internal bleeding. Okay, that's a reason to talk to the . And just because you don't have to use birthcontrol anymore doesn't mean you don't have to use birth control.
Menopause is all natural birth control. Just because you can't get pregnant anymoredoesn't mean you can't get a sexually transmitted disease anymore. And green, yellowand red vaginal discharge, especially with redness, itching or sores are strong signsof an STD. What a pain. Any discharge with pain means talking to a, too. Whether an STD or fibroids or worse, only the doc could say.
My Vaginal Discharge Smells Like Fish
My vaginal discharge smells like fish. I'm assuming this couldn't possibly bedue to a messy fish and chips dinner. No, way more intimate than someone constantlyspilling dinner in my lap. Then the most likely cause is due to an infection. I don't think I have a social disease. Well,I hope I don't have a sexual disease. If you have bacterial vaginosis caused bythe overgrowth of bacteria naturally down there, you can end up with a fishy odor. How could I have developed thaté
So much douching to remove any odor that youstripped away healthy bacteria, leaving the bad ones a fertile playground. If you said that about my digestive tract,the solution would be probiotics. If you have that type of discharge, you cantreat it by eating yogurt and hoping that circulates through your system to the vagina.Or you can take the direct route and put yogurt up there. That's as embarrassing to admit as a coloncleanse. You know that it is bacterial overgrowth ifit is worse after you have sex or if you're
suffering a UTI too. I don't see how a UTI could cause this. If you're wiping back to front, the poopbacteria that get into the urinary tract and cause a UTI will cause vaginosis too. What's a reason that doesn't have to dowith a playground being between two sewersé A fishy odor accompanied by a green dischargemeans you have trichomoniasis. It is sometimes called just trich, pronounced trick. *That I've heard of, but I don't knowanything about it.
Trichomoniasis is a protozoan infection, andit causes a sour or fishy smell. Then trich is a sexual disease. Yes, and they can cure it with antibiotics. What else could it beé If it smells like rotted meat down there,you may have forgotten a tampon. That's what can cause toxic shock syndrome. Yes, and rotted fish smells means you havethe vaginosis or severe yeast infection, plus the bacteria that can cause toxic shock syndrome.
Anything on that list necessitates gettingto a , and after which, only using ultrathick maxi pads. If the vaginal discharge smells bad and lookslike curds, you have a yeast infection. It is also more likely if the itching is bad,skin is red and it hurts when you pee or have sex. At least that I can treat with stuff fromthe store. And any other cause requires talking to a, yogurt or not.