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,
I Have Lots Of Discharge But No Itching Could This Be A Yeast Infection
Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath with anotherfrequently asked question regarding yeast infections. I have lots of discharge but no itching. Couldthis be a yeast infectioné Of course it could be. You don't necessarilyhave to have itching when you've got a yeast infection. Some yeast infections can ivewomen absolutely crazy and involve lots of itching. Others can involve more dischargeand have minimal or no itching. But to be on the safe side, I recommend youget diagnosed properly. It would pay to go and have a smear done. Go and see your or gynecologist and get checked out properly
to assess what is going on. There could beall sorts of conditions. You could have bacterial vaginosis, it could be Candida, and it couldbe all sorts of different conditions. First get a diagnosis before you think about treatment. It could be a yeast infection and a good wayis to get checked out. So, I think that's probably a clever thing for you to do. Thenonce you've worked out what you've got, you're going to bea better position to know howto treat that particular condition. For more information, have a look at my book,Candida Crusher. You can read a lot more about thatChapter 3. I hope that answers yourquestion. Thank you.