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,
Signs My Amniotic Fluid is Leaking
What are the signs my amniotic fluid is leakingé You look as if you've had an accident, butit smells sweeter instead of like pee. Why would it smell sweeté It has a lot of biological compoundsitbut not the urea that makes pee smell so bad. I've heard there were other signs. If your water breaks, you'll have a gush ofliquid down your leg. It is the slow leak that is harder to cope with. Why is thaté
A slow leak may happen before you arelabor,whether due to the placenta detaching or another problem. I'd like to know how to recognize that. If you have more vaginal discharge than usualand it keeps going, you may have an amniotic fluid leak. For example, if you have to startwearing maxi pads to avoid wet underwear. I wonder what the risk of that is. If too much is lost, the baby risks losingthe room it needs to grow. And whatever allows the fluid to leak out is an entry point forpathogens to hurt the baby.
If the leak is slow enough, the body can replaceit. The body can make some amniotic fluid, butit can't replenish a leak the way it can replace blood loss from a severe cutshort order. What can the doé The first thing would be getting a sonogrammachine to check on the baby. If the amniotic sack is getting smaller, you know there isa leak. Is there a treatmenté It depends on the cause of the leak. Bed rest,surgery and labor are all solutions.
I'm not sure labor is a solution. If a woman has preeclampsia, it is. For this,it depends on the 's opinion. What is your opinioné If you think you have an amniotic fluid leak,go to the .
What Kind of Discharge Do You Have During Pregnancy
What kind of discharge do you have duringpregnancyé It's like a waterfall. Excuse meé Vaginal discharge is normal for all women,and it just gets worse during pregnancy. It's embarrassing. So wear absorbent pads so it doesn't affectyour clothes. You can use the same pads you do when you are having your period. I noticed spotting around the time I conceived,though it wasn't nearly as much as a period.
And you probably saw white discharge afteryou conceived. I was worried it might be an STD. If you think you have an STD, you need toget treated now so that it doesn't adversely affect the baby. There are horrifying Googleimages of birth defects caused by sexually transmitted diseases. I'm already paranoid about the baby. I don'teven want to dye my hair, paint my nails or do anything else. Brown discharge sometimes happens, especiallyafter minor vaginal tears after sex. However,
if you see bright red blood, you need to seea . Because I'm miscarrying. Or the placenta is separating, or you haveplacenta previa. Or you'relabor, early or not. What if it is another color like yellow orgreené You might have a yeast infection or STD. Pregnantwomen, especially those with high blood sugar, are at risk of horrible yeast infections. And what if it is clearé
It might be normal discharge, or you mightbe losing amniotic fluid. Ifdoubt, you need to get tested. Very much so. What if it is a big globé Then you might have lost the mucus plug, andthen you need to see the because it's a sign of labor. How do you know all thisé Believe me, I have seen it all.