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.
What is chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmittedinfection in the world. Sexually transmitted infection. And you might recall from our conversation about gonorrhea,chlamydia often coinfects with gonorrhea, or they tend to occur together. Now there are several species of chlamydia
that exist, but when we talk about the most common STI that's responsible for the disease chlamydia, we're talking about chlamydiatrachomotuis, trachomotuis. And the way it gets this name, trachoma is the term for the eye infection that occurs with chlamydia, as we'll talk about in a minute.
Now with any sexuallytransmitted infection we have to consider the mechanism by which the infection spreads from one person to another. And that process is called transmission, and there are several ways that chlamydia is transmitted from one person to another. Sex is the most common way
and that can include oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. Childbirth is another important mechanism for transmission, as we'll talk about in a few minutes. And finally one of the unique ways that we can transmit chlamydia that we can't with many
other sexually transmitted infections is with direct contact. Now I want to throw abig asterisks over here. Because chlamydia can only live outside of a human host for about a few seconds to a minute. So direct contact means something like scratching
an infected organ of the body, say part of the genitalia, and then directly touching another part of the body like the eye. This doesn't count for one person touching another person directly and spreading the infection. That's very rare and unlikely to occur.
Pathophysiology of chlamydia
Pathophysiologyis the study of how a disease occurs. And so if we're talkingabout the pathophysiology of chlamydia, we're talking about how this bacterial organism hijacksthe cells of our body to multiply and cause an infection. Now the unique thingabout chlamydia is that it's not a very powerful organism that
carries a lot of its own nutrients. It relies on the nutrients ofthe host cell that it infects. Which means that chlamydiamust live inside of the host cell in order to reproduce and survive. So the way I'm gonna startoff designating chlamydia will be in green. So this initial green dotright here actually has a very fancy name.
This is referred to as an elementary body. An elementary body. Which is just a fancy way of saying it looks like a dot. So the first step ofchlamydia infecting our body is that it needs to somehow enter a cell. And the way that works isbecause of our white blood cells. So I'll draw this guy right here,
make him look rather ferocious with these red teeth right here. Now this white blood cell is similar to most cells in our bodyin that it has a nucleus. So I'll draw this nucleus up here. And this is where all thegenetic information for the cell on how to survive andmake proteins is stored. So when a white blood cellsees this elementary body,
this unusual particle thatshouldn't exist in our body, it wants to eat it. And this process by whichthis white blood cell swallows the elementary body, orany foreign particle, is referred to as phagocytosis. Phagocytosis. Where if you've heard thisterm before you might recognize that cyt just means cell and phago
is just a fancy way of saying to eat. So this cell is eatingthis elementary body. And after a nice big gulp, you'll see that the elementary body is nowcontained within this vesicle. We can also refer to it as a phagosome. A phagosome. Some just means a bodythat has been eaten, phago. And I just want to point out,