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,
My Vaginal Discharge Smells Like Bleach
My vaginal discharge smells like bleach. Your body can exude odors of strong foodslike garlic you ate a lot of, but if you ank bleach, you'd bethe emergency room insteadof talking to me. Please don't tell me you actually put bleach down there. As annoying as a yeast infection or bacterialinfection is, chemical burns are worse. And before you ask, it isn't because I'm reallyinto tidy whities. That doesn't mean you are not more colorfulin your love life. I know there are women who put detergent downthere to y things out because the guys want
it y to improve the sex. I don't do anythingmore than douche. Your vaginal discharge could smell a littlelike bleach because the condoms or lubricants you used did. Of every flavor of condom or scent of oilwe tried, nothing was anything like bleach. After all, it kills the mood. The chemistry down there can be altered byrepeated use of condoms Which you should use. And the lubricants you've been using. Allof it can combine to make a bleach like smell.
I never thought rubber could cause me to smellmore like chlorine. If the vaginal smell is sour or stale, youprobably have trichomoniasis. All I can think on hearing that is that itis a killer scrabble word. It is sometimes called just trich, pronouncedtrick. That I've heard of, but I don't know thesignificance. Trichomoniasis is a protozoan infection, andit causes a sour or even bleach like smell. So it is a social disease. Yes, but it can be treated with antibiotics.
Most of them still can, though the rise ofantibiotic resistant sexual diseases should give a lot of people nightmares. This doesn't have to be a nightmare. Rightafter sex, it may smell a little like bleach because his semen does. That's what the condoms are intended toprevent. You could still have the smellthat area,depending on what you did prior to putting the condom on. Anything else to keep a nose out foré
Your period can alter the pH levels down there,giving it a metallic smell right before your period starts. That is why they have scented menstrual pads. Then that's your solution while you shiftto a less odorific love life so the smell goes away. But you can do way more launyso you have something else to blame the smell on. Or at least a cause I'm willing to admitto.
Signs Your pH Balance is Off
What are the signs your pH balance is offé Your family suggests that you stara deodorantcommercial, and you've never considered acting before. You think that if your pH is off, you smellbad. It is responsible for vaginal odor, thoughironically, the douching a lot of women do throws off the pH balance, causing the odor. But you want to kill the germs there thatcause odor. The douching kills yeast that maintain a properbalance and protection against some infections.
Though if you have an STD, douching reducessome of the irritation and flushes out mucus, though doing nothing to cure the infection. I've heard of people eating weird stuffto get backbalance. In the case of a vaginal yeast infection,eating yogurt is a good treatment. For bad smelling body odor, you could help it justby laying off the pickles. That'll help your stomach, too. If you're eating a lot of acidic foods,a spoonful of baking soda is a natural way to restore pH.
And brushing your teeth with it removes alot of bacteria while improving your breath. What causes bad pH levelspeopleé Infections,diet, environmenté We aren't all water, so our normal pH isbetween 6.0 and 6.8. It shifts a little acidic because things like stomach acid have a pHof 2.0. I've heard that you can have too high anacidity. Stomach acid reducers are an option to helpwith that. But holistic stuff like dieting and colon cleansing are a bad idea. What does helpé
Dietary changes can help, like inking lessalcohol or coffee or meat or sauerkraut if your body is too acidic. If you manage tohave too little acid, food like honey, raisins, molasses and avocados help. I don't want to have to worry about managingbody pHaddition to proper nutrition. Your body does a good job of that on its ownunless you're really sick, like with a thyroid condition. But too much of a particular substancelike alcohol can throw it off.