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.
What Can Happen if You Leave a TamponToo Long
Mom, I have a weird personal question. Whatcan happen if you leave a tamponfor too longé How long are we talkingé Hypothetically, let's say someone forgot andleft itthere for a week. Well, hypothetically, sometimes nothing. However,in some cases it can kill that person. Whaté Howé! Does is absorb too much untilit explodes, spontaneously combusting the person it is iné Seriously where do you kids get these ideasé
Well, I just don't understand how else itcould kill someone. It is after all just paper. It's not capable of murder. No, but it causes something called toxic shocksynome. It happens because sometimes your body will absorb the materials that the tamponis made of making you sick. So I go into shocké Not exactly. It is more like a bacterial infectionthat makes you sick. So if I'm not sick them I'm okayé I thought we were talking hypotheticallyé
Ha ha, of course we are! I'd never do somethinglike that. It'd be silly to think that I would have just forgotten about it. Okay, but that does happen. And yes, If youare not feeling sick then you are normally just fine. Just to be clear, what kind of sick are wetalkingé Like a coldé Or maybe feel like the flu is coming oné You will usually have a fever, swelling inyour hands and feet, and if it isn't treated then you could die. It usually happens veryquickly.
I see. Momé Yes, dearé Do my hands look swollen to youé No, now just go take the stupid thing outplease. I don't know what you are talking about. Reallyé I know this wasn't just hypothetical. Okay, mom.
What Happens When You Leave Your Tampon In Too Long
Tampons are great! They let you frolic onthe beacha tiny bikini smiling with your friends! At least, that's what the commercialssay. In reality, they come with the very serious risk of toxic shock synome. Hey guys and gals, Amy with you on DNews todaytalking about an unfun aspect of already not so fun periods. Menstrual cycles obviously aren't new, andneither are tampons. Ancient Egyptians made disposable tampons from softened papyrus whileAncient Greeks wrapped lint around a small piece of wood. Other cultures over time usedwool, paper, vegetable fibers, sponges, grass,
and, eventually, cotton. The modern tampon with an applior was debutedin the 1930s, but tamponthe United States use didn't really kick off until the 1970s.An initial trial phase saw the product very well received, and by 1979, tampons were nationallymarketedthis country. Almost immediately, the health risks becameapparent. Tampons are, interestingly, classified asa medical device because they alter the biological functionality of the body. They are massesof cotton or synthetic material inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood. Butproblems can come with having something absorbent
hanging out inside you. This is where toxic shock comes in. It'sstill not perfectly understood, but researchers have some idea of how this rare disease iscontracted. Our bodies have tons of bacteria crawlingaround inside, and vaginas are no exception. The staphylococcus bacteria â€” commonly calledStaph â€” is normally and harmlessly presentthe vagina. Tampons can give that bacteriaa breeding ground and entryway into the blood stream. It's possible that inserting and removinga tampon can lead to micro tearsthe vaginal
wall. Once that tampon isplace, it absorbsall fluids, not only menstrual blood but also the natural lubricantthe vagina leavingit y and more likely to these micro tears. And that saturated tampon becomes an incrediblysupportive environment for the rapid growth of bacteria. It's possible that this toxicbacteria can enter the bloodstream through those micro tears to go deeper into the body.This can lead to a high fever and low blood pressure thatturn can deprive organs ofoxygen to the point that they shut down. Toxic shock became headline news1980.Of 55 cases of rare toxic shock synome that year, 95 percent weremenstruating women.The common factor was Proctor and Gamble's
Rely tampon, a super absorbent one designedto er to market demand for a product that could be leftplace longer. The subsequentlawsuit ultimately found PG guilty of negligence and the product was pulled. But tampons are still around, as we know,and though it's an exceedingly rare disease women are still getting toxic shock synome,many victims citing a lack of clear warning on any packaging as the root cause. In 2012,24yearold Lauren Wasser lost her leg after toxic shock led to gangrene. But toxic shock isn't limited to menstruatingwomen. Men, chilen, and nonmenstruating
women are susceptible to it as well. Tamponsjust increase the risk. So what can you do to avoid toxic shocké Theeasiest way is to not use tampons at all. But if you do, switch it up with a pad nowand then, use the lowest absorbency you can get away with, and never leave a tampon infor more than eight hours. Ladies, does learning more about toxic shockchange the way you feel about tamponsé Let us knowthe comments below! Or letus know on Twitter @DNews, and I'm on there as well as @astVitnageSpace. And of course,for more DNews every single day of the week, don't forget to subscribe!