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,
Discharge before period White discharge before period
Discharge before period When you are about to start your period, sometimesthere is a lot of white discharge that builds up very unpleasantly. The white dischargebefore your period is actually a form of mucus that is naturally produced from the neck ofthe wombâ€”scientifically called the cervix. The amount of white discharge will vary throughoutyour menstrual cycle and most pregnant women will get something that is known as a quot;pregnancydischargequot;. A healthy white discharge does not have astrong smell or color. There is the uncomfortable wetness, but you should not have any itchingor soreness around your vagina. If you are
experiencing those symptoms, then seek medicalhelp from your . Do I Have Normal or Abnormal Dischargeé Normal white discharge before period The white discharge before your period isactually completely normal and natural. The white discharge before your period is mainlyfrom the uterus and cervix, but is not a beginning of an infection. The white discharge thatyou are experiencing is only caused from congestion of your pelvis, which is why the white dischargeis really just mucus. A couple of days before your period, the process that leads to menstruationmay cause an initial leak of clear fluid;
this is not an infection, either. An excessivewhite or clear dischargethe middle of your period is quite common. Abnormal white discharge before period Typically, the vaginal discharge is normal,but there are some cases where the discharge can indie an infection. If your dischargeis not clear or white and it is really yellow or green, then you may have one of the followinginfections, or abnormal discharge: Yeast Infection A common infection that most women get aftersex, and sometimes randomly, is a yeast infection.
This is when the white discharge appears morelike cottage cheese. There are over the counter mediions that work just fine on this infectionand usually it is gonea week or less with proper treatment. Trichomoniasis: If the discharge has a smell like rotten eggsand is kind of frothy, then you more than likely have some kind of sexually transmitteddisease and need to get it taken care of immediately.
Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
I want your opinion of vaginal discharge duringpregnancy. If you have a sudden white mucus plug comeout, you're about to end the pregnancy and go into labor. I'm not that far along. The vaginal discharge will go back to whiteand thick after you ovulate. If you conceive, there may be ops of blood mixed in, or justbrown or orange streaksthe discharge. I'm a little farther along than that. The vaginal discharge usually increases involume during pregnancy, starting after implantation.
However, it remains white and thick throughoutunless something is wrong. I know any red bloodvaginal dischargeis dangerous, whether a sign of a miscarriage or uterine tear or something else only the will know. When you are pregnant, any bleeding is a reasonto go to the ER. Fortunately, I'm not seeing that type ofvaginal discharge. You'll normally see more white and thickvaginal discharge. Some women wear menstrual pads when pregnant to contain it. That sounds fishy to me. I didn't thinkI'd need diapers until after I had the kid.
If the vaginal discharge smells fishy or likevinegar, you have a yeast infection. I can't even take a pain reliever rightnow. What do I do about a yeast infectioné It is safe to use over the counter yeast infectiontreatment when pregnant, and you may need several. Pregnancy throws off your pH balanceand makes yeast infections much more likely. Glad I don't have that fishy smell downthere, then. It is thick and offcolor though. If it is green or yellow, you may have a bacterialovergrowth. That's dangerous during pregnancy. It could make things smell, and you do wantto talk to a about it. However, if
there are any lesions, itching and other signsof a social disease, you have to talk to a . Technically, life is sexually transmitted. A sexually transmitted disease contractedbefore or during pregnancy puts the kid at risk, and it may be flaring up worse whilepregnant because pregnancy compromises the immune system. Yes, I'd talk to the if I was worriedabout it, but I am not. Then you'll just see more white and thickdischarge. It would have increasedvolume
as the cervix thickened and rose up from thelow point after ovulation. But not as high as it would be if I wasn'tpregnant. That's where a lot of the mucus is comingfrom, but know that it will become y if you're dehyated just as when you'renot pregnant.