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 foundthe 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 bethe 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 aw it out. So when we talk about the pathophysiology of a disease, we'retalking about the mechanism by which that disease occurs. Soorder to understandthe pathophysiology of bacterial vaginosis, we need to take a look at a sample of bacteria
that existsthe vagina. So I'll aw out someGardnerella vaginalis bacteria, and so I'll put this upour key. This is the symbol forGardnerella vaginalis. And I'll aw a few of them around here, but I also wanna show that there are a lot of other bacteriathat existthis sample. So if you really look at it here,
(gentle music) Laci Oh hi, everyone! Throughout the last ten years I've had so many vaginal issues that I'm basically a certified hacker now. (ding) Before I get started sharingsome ancient remedies and twenty first century lifesavers
just a little reminder. I'm gonna be talking aboutvaginal infections and stuff and sometimes the symptoms ofthose are actually symptoms of things that are much more serious. So, yay, love your vagina and go to the when you need to. First step, when yeast getsa little outta control. Why yes, I am about to suggest
that you put garlicyour vagina. I know it sounds weird butit seriously works so well. Just pusha whole clove. Don't puncture it or will burn and change that baby every twelve hours. Usually within three to five days my yeast infections are gone. Yeah, it can leave a little bit of a smell
but who doesn't like garlic breadé The vagina's a pocket so it's not gonna get lost but if you're worried, you can tie some floss to it so that you can easily pull it out. For pain relief, I put plain yogurt twith live active cultures into the fingers of a latexglove and then freeze it.
Look for yogurt with theleast amount of sugar that you can find 'cause yeast loves sugar and when you pull it outof the freezer you'll have these delightful,(mumbling) yogurt tampons. Pop oneovernight witha pad to ch the leakage. Next up, UTIs. I know, I know you've heardit before but seriously, hyation is so freaking important.
Try to be inking alittle water all day long. Second, secret weapon is DMannose. You can get this at a supplement store and I take two capsules three times a day for five days whileinking lots of water. Continue taking it a few days even after the symptoms have gone. I've also had good results withprobiotics for bladder pain
Oh hi! As you may havenoticed, your vagina does not come with an owner's manual. Although, I can tellyou that would have been really helpful and saved me a lot of infections growing up. Vaginas work basically like this. It's like a little ecosystem. It maintains and cleans itself.
The actual vagina, the inside, you never have to cleanthere. And you don't ever wantto put anythingthere. Well, nothing to cleanthere. That includes douches,soaps, bleach. (squeals) What all that stuff doesis go all upthere, and it (bleep) everything up. And the vagina has good bacteria that
keeps you clean and healthy. By introducing soap ordouching, you kill off that good bacteria, and youcan mess up the delie pH balance of the vagina, whichcan cause a yeast infection or also something calledbacterial vaginosis, which is characterized by a fishy smell. You can also get urinarytract infections from getting soap around your rurethra, your urethra.
Yeah, I can talk! So, any time you see thesoap, it's coming towards your vagina, you say, quot;Get away, soap! quot;We are not cool, be gone!quot; Now,terms of keepingthe outside clean, the proper way to clean your vulva is to gently spread your labia or the lips, and then use some warm water and your hand
to gently rub betweenthe folds and clear off all the sweat and bacteria. quot;So, you mean I shouldn't use shampooéquot; No. quot;What about shaving creaméquot; Only on the hair part. quot;What about toothpasteéquot; That's for your teeth.
quot;Oh yeah.quot; Vaginas are not nearly asdirty as people think they are. You want dirtyé Probe someone's mouth. Warm water, your hands,a washcloth, or a loofah. That's all you need to stay clean. I swear on my vagina! I think a lot of the reasonwhy people scrub vigorously