Bacterial vaginosis, or BV for short, is aninfection of the vagina that develops when the normal balance of vaginal bacteria isdisrupted. BV is the most common vaginal infectionwomen of childbearing age. Examples of activities that change the normalbacterial balance include douching, taking antibiotics, wearing an intrauterine deviceor IUD, and having unprotected sexual activity. BV is more commonsexually active womenthannonsexually active women, but it is not considered a sexually transmitted diseaseor STD. The main symptom of BV is a thin vaginal dischargethat appears grayish white and smells of fish,
especially after sexual activity. Other symptomsmay include burning when urinating, itching around the outside of the vagina, and irritation.These symptoms may also be caused by another type of infection, so it is important to seea . Many women with BV have no symptoms at all. BV is often diagnosed based on a pelvic examand symptoms, however certain tests can help confirm the diagnosis. BV will sometimes go away without treatment.Your healthcare provider may choose to treat it with antibiotics if your symptoms persist.
Case Study 19 Ann Chronic Vaginal Thrush
I'm going to do another case for you today,case history number 19. This is Ann, a 56yearold lady with seriously bad vaginal thrush formany years. I'm going to read a bit out of my book and then talk a bit about Ann.Ann is an accountant who came to me complaining of having vaginal thrush forever. She mentionedthat she first noticed this most annoying problem when she washer mid20s aftershe came back from England to New Zealand to live and work. About 10 years ago, shestarted to develop constipation and it turned into irritable bowel synome about six yearsago. She's had two marriages and her second marriage was about to come to an end.Ann has led a very stressful life. Her first
husband committed suicide when she was inher mid30s, leaving her with two young chilen. Her son found it very difficult going anddidn't adapt to a stepfather coming into his life, which caused additional stress. Annwent through a period of several years of financial hardship with her second husband,who turned out to be less than supportive. This lady is particularly sensitive and hadto rely on sleeping tablets and regular headache mediions as well. As soon as I realizedthat she was aenally exhausted and,fact, was severely infected, as she has had to juggletwo jobs, raise her chilen literally by herself, and cope with the pressures of adysfunctional relationship.
She took it very hard when her mother diedtwo years ago and has not resolved her grief entirely. Ann's diet has become very restrictedsince her diagnosed irritable bowel synome, and she's noticed that many of theeven most common foods were now causing digestive problems, making it very challenging for herto enjoy eating out or even socializing with friends. That's when she decided to visitme. The condition she most wants to conquer, however,is the annoying thrush, but feels that nothing can be done because her case is hopeless andher has long given up. I worked with Ann for several months and initially treatedher aenal exhaustion and at the same time,
placed her on the Candida Crusher program.I asked Ann to do a salivary cortisol test that revealed very low morning cortisol, indiiveof severe aenal exhaustion. She also had elevated DHEA. I find people with very highcortisol and very high DHEA can have this. Andsome cases, they can have very depletedcortisol and very elevated DHEA levels. A stool test revealed she had yeastsamplestaken on three concurrent days. After following my twostage thrush elimination protocol inmy book, it took four months to get rid of the thrush, but it's now gone entirely severalmonths post that. As her aenal energy improved, I noticed some remarkable changesAnn.She finally plucked up the courage to leave
her second husband and now is happily livingalone with her daughter and her two s. Slowly but surely, Ann began to tolerate anincreasing amount of foods that she had been unable to eat for many years. She startedto gain weight and looks much healthier today than she did several years ago. Her weighthit rock bottom at 84 pounds, but now she's 120 pounds and she's 5 foot 7 inches.These are the chronic cases that are discarded by practitioners or simply placedthe quot;toohardquot; basket. It is much easier to spend 5 or 10 minutes with a patient and shuffle theirugs or supplements around when they return for follow up than it is to deal with thecauses of their chronic health problems. Such
chronic patients end up more and more unwellas the yeast infection and aenal fatigue slowly but surely, spirals out of controlas the years roll by. What started out as a feeling of occasionally being unwell eventuallygets to the stage where the person's occupation and livelihood are threatened, and their lifestylebecomes more and more compromised. By the time they come to see me, they're relyingon government sickness handouts and are stonebroke after years of trying to get their healthright. In my experience, if the patient does not improve, the whole case needs to be reevaluatedand the root causes finally adessed. If you dig deep enough, you'll find a yeast orbacterial overgrowththeir digestive tract