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,
Vaginal Discharge During Menopause
I need your input on vaginal discharge duringmenopause. When you're going through menopause, you'llhave your period less often or less intensely before it finally shuts off. I know menopause isn't an off switch butmore a slow fade. When you're going through menopause, you'llsee similar shiftsvaginal discharge like white and sticky to y right before yourperiod, but you may not see the clear and slippery phase for ovulation. Because I might not ovulate.
However, when you're going through menopause,there's still a chance you'll get pregnant. And have a kid with a higher risk of healthproblems. Or multiples. As your eggs hit their expirationdate, the body offsets it by releasing multiple eggs. What other vaginal discharge should I expectduring menopauseé If it starts to smell sweet down there, you'reprobably developing diabetes â€“ especially so if the urine smells sweet and looks likesyrup too. A rash of repeated yeast infections can bea symptom of diabetes too.
And your odds of adult onset diabetes go upwith age. What else should I knowé With age, the vaginal discharge goes down,which is why older women tend to need lubriion, since the body doesn't make as much. And while a lack of lubriion and make youmore sensitive to yeast and bacterial infections, using too much lubriion can alter pH levelsand do the same. You'll know you have one of those infectionsby the foul smelling discharge if it is bacterial and the fish smell with yellow and solid massesif yeast based.
Fortunately, I haven't had to do a smelltest to see what is wrong. If you get red or brown vaginal discharge,you'll probably want to talk to a . We already discussed how your period fadesaway at this age. Yes, but red blood that's constant indieslesions or a serious infection, while brown blood can be a period that's not completeor internal bleeding. Okay, that's a reason to talk to the . And just because you don't have to use birthcontrol anymore doesn't mean you don't have to use birth control.
Menopause is all natural birth control. Just because you can't get pregnant anymoredoesn't mean you can't get a sexually transmitted disease anymore. And green, yellowand red vaginal discharge, especially with redness, itching or sores are strong signsof an STD. What a pain. Any discharge with pain means talking to a, too. Whether an STD or fibroids or worse, only the doc could say.
Body Odor Changes During Menopause
What on Earth is going on with the body odorchanges during menopauseé Like many other female issues, it can be blamedon hormones. With my period over, no, I can't. Menopause is a lack of specific hormones,so yes, it is. Are you mad, or is that a bad hot flashé Close enough. What specifically is causingthese body odor changesé For some women, you get an increased riskof yeast infections. That would explain a sour or fishy odor.
This is more like an old man's smell. Your body has shifted gears and now has lessestrogen. That affects your body's chemistry. While I am getting old, I'm not turninginto a guy. What I meant is that you may sense the changesbecause of the decreased estrogen levels. I heard it might be a nutritional deficit. A lack of zinc can cause bad body odor. Oryou just need aluminum chlorohyate. I've never heard of that. Can I get it bycooking everythingaluminum foilé Aluminum chlorohyate is a common compoundin underarm deodorant.
What else could be causing ité When you have hot flashes, you're probablysweating, too. The problem may simply be extra BO solved by deodorant and frequent bathing. Now you're talking to me like I'm a teenagedboy. The odor is sometimes caused by changes invaginal pH. That you'd want to consult with an OBGYN about. I think there are a lot of over the countersolutions for that. Sometimes women develop urine leakage withmiddle age. Maybe the odor you're picking
up is due to that. A middle aged woman shouldn't have the sameproblems as a toddler. Let's just say this is a problem for theages. Or it is a problem associated with gettingolder. And that's assuming it isn't diabetes or yourthyroid or OK, I'll talk to the .