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,
What Causes Recurring Yeast Infections
I've got a question here on somebody. Whatcauses a recurring yeast infectioné Recurring yeast infections are caused by probablya partial recognition of the problem and some treatment that's been effective to a degree,so you may know you've got this problem, you'll fix it up a little bit. It'll go away to adegree, but then it will recur; it will come back again, so I commonly see this with people,many different people, who are quite busy and active. They sort of want to get rid oftheir yeast infection, but don't invest the right amount of time or effort to really eradicateit properly. This is very common with working people, busypeople, with moms with a couple of children,
for example, or guys that are selfemployedor working quite hard, you know, have got jock itch, for example. These people are verybusy. They go about their life. They get symptoms. They treat the symptoms. The symptoms go away.They feel good for a while, and then their symptoms recur. The only way you're goingto prevent these recurring symptoms is by tackling this thing properly and by gettingon top of the problem or making the right lifestyle and diet changes long enough, usuallyfour to six months, consistently making these changes to eradicate this infection. Thenbeing vigilant, being very careful that you don't get recurrence while monitoring thiscondition. And then if the symptoms come up
slightly, is to knock them on the head reallyfast while making those changes again. I write about this a lot in my book, CandidaCrusher, that the big danger period for a lot of people is when they're actually inthe recovery phase. Many people have got a lot to learn about a full recovery becausepartial recovery with many chronic conditions is much more common than full recovery. I'dsay 75 percent of people partially recover. Partial recovery can be meaning as symptomfree for weeks to months, but full recovery means no symptoms for 12 months plus. There'sa big difference. Most websites and books and practitioners you see will pitch to youpartial recovery through their treatments
because they don't push you hard enough orgive the patient the right information they need to fully recover. What causes recurring yeast infections isa partial application of wanting to get well, not fully committing. It's almost like you'vegot a job and from eight to five, five days a week, but you turn up at the job three orfour times a week. You don't go five days a week. You're not really fully committedto that job. You're going to annoy a lot of people. You'll probably end up getting firedfrom that job. It's the same with a yeast infection. Somepeople say to me, Look, I will do everything
you say, but I'm not going to give up alcohol.Of course they're going to get recurrence. Or as soon as they get a cough or a cold,they go straight for the antibiotic. Bang! Recurrence. Or they're over at a wedding andthey're feeling really good. They've felt good for two or three months. They're at awedding, and they get offered some champagne, some nice cakes, and some candies and thingslike that, and then they really go into this. They binge on this. They come home and a daylater, Oh, I feel so bad. I've got bad bloating, or things like that. Recurrence. So Recurrence is more common if you've hada period of feeling really good, and then
you go all out and you go crazy and have abit of a binge on something, and then wham, the symptoms recur. It pays to be vigilantand to be careful with your diet and lifestyle for a good four to six months at a minimumbefore you start going back into some of your old habits that lead you to the yeast infectionin the first place. If you can bear some of those points in mind,you can prevent recurrence of Candida infections. I hope that answers some of your questions. Thank you.