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.
Wont A Vaginal Swab Be Sufficient To Detect My Yeast Infection
Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, anotherquestion here. Here's a question from SusieTennessee. Would a vaginal swab be sufficient to detectmy yeast infectioné That's a good question, Susie, and one I getasked every now and then from different patients. Women are often used to going to a for a vaginal swab to determine the presence of a yeast infection to make sure it's a bacterialinfection or a yeast infection. I just want to know what kind of infection I've got. Soit's important to remember, though, that a swab does not differentiate between a Candidainfection and a vaginal colony of normally
occurring vaginal Candida. The cotton swab is sampling the surface ofthe vaginal wall, and it won't tell you if your immune system is actually involved orif it's been producing antibodies against the Candida itself. The test will only indiewhat's going on locally and not systemically. Another problem with a vaginal sampling isthat if you're using a pessary or been douching the area or it's been sanitized to a degree,then it might return a false reading; you may not get a positive response and that couleally throw you out and then you really won't know what's going on there. You didn't thinkabout those points, did youé I'll bet you
didn't. This ches quite a few people out,so you need to be careful about interpreting Candida tests, including vaginal swabs. So the results could be negative; the resultscould be positive, so how do you really know what's going on thereé Don't make any falseassumptions there. And a vaginal swab doesn't necessarily always determine the presenceof a yeast infection for that reason. You may want to think carefully about having thatdouche or that pessary just prior to getting the vaginal sampling done. That's a good pointthere. So look at the totality of your symptoms aswell to see what other kind of problems do
you haveé Like fatigue, digestive problems,gas, bloating, sugar cravings, these things could also alert you toward a yeast infection.Be particularly careful there. I hope this answers your question. There are a lot more questions and a lot moreanswers you'll find on my YouTube channel, so be sure to have a look. And if the questionis not there, go to candidacrusher and ask me the question and I'll be sure to reply.And please subscribe to my Candida Crusher YouTube channel. And furthermore, if you reallywant to know about the female yeast infection, do my online survey at yeastinfection that will give you some good pointers as well.