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,
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.
My Vaginal Discharge is Bleaching My Underwear
My vaginal discharge is bleaching my underwear. That can happen when you have an ammonialikedischarge. That doesn't tell me what causes it or howto cure it. Your vagina usually maintains an acidic pH. I really don't know what it is supposed tosmell like, so I can't tell you if it smells very different. The ammonia like smell can be similar to thatlike pee. I am not peeing in my pants.
If you are dehydrated, the ammonia in theurine can get concentrated and make things smell even more strongly, even a few drops.And some women do mistake a leaky bladder for vaginal discharge. I know women often use light days menstrualpads for bladder leakage, but that would stain my underwear yellow not white, and I knowwhat pee smells like. Bacterial vaginosis is a common cause of avagina that smells like ammonia. The odds you have that are higher if you have itching,burning a fishy smell, grey or offwhite discharge. All the discharge is off white.
During your fertile time, it becomes thinnerand white, normally. I'm not paying attention to what normallyhappens except that my underwear sometimes turns white after I wash it, right where thevaginal discharge was in contact with it. If you have a bacterial vaginal infection,you can try over the counter treatments, or you need to talk to the . I don't have symptoms that seem like an infection. It can cause bleaching, though, when the badbacteria turn nitrogen into ammonia, creating the smell and discoloration.
What else can do thisé Next I'd have to ask about your diet. It's healthy, so don't blame this on junkfood or too much sugar. And if I had diabetes, I'd get more yeast infections and sugarysmellingurine. If you eat a lot of nitrogen rich vegetableslike broccoli and asparagus, you can get that ammonia smell in the vagina. I don't need yet another reason to not eatasparagus, and you can have a healthy diet without that.
If you're doing a high protein diet for weightloss, eating a lot of foods like eggs, meat and dairy with high nitrogen levels can causethe ammonia in the urea to build up. That would be ammonia smelling pee, not vaginaldischarge. The ammonia smell can get into your skin andexcreted as sweat, and depending on how you work out, the chemicals can build up therewhile it evaporates off your arms and legs. And I thought a rich sweat odor was the worstI could worry about. I've heard of vaginal discharge turning bleachywhen someone had polycystic ovaries or another hormonal disorder. Getting that under controlor eliminating gluten and high sugar foods
helps. For all the reasons one might say a glutenfree diet helped their wardrobe, this was never on the list. Everyone can brag about dresses fitting betterand old jeans actually fitting without a muffin top, but few people admit anything about lacyunderwear except maybe that they are wearing it. Just having some ways I could wear the blackones without them going gray in odd places would be progress.