Bacterial Vaginosis is an inflammatory condition that is caused by bacterial growth in the female reproductive organ.
Diagnostic tests are run to detect a series of bacteria pathogens responsible for Bacterial Vaginosis and Vaginitis.
Identifying Pathogen Detection
- Trichomonas vaginalis
- Escherichia coli
- Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS)
- MRSA Reflex
- Bacteroides fragilis
- Mycoplasma hominis
- Mobiluncus curtisii
- Mobiluncus mulieris
- Ureaplasma urealyticum
- Prevotella bivia
- Enterococcus faecalis
- Staphylococcus aureus
Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis include
- Foul odor
- Vaginal itching along with gray, white, or green vaginal discharge
- Burning sensation during urination
Causes and Risk Factors
Bacterial vaginosis occurs as a result of bacterial overgrowth and colonization within the vagina. Natural vaginal bacteria overgrows within the vagina, causing an abnormal ratio of bacterial anaerobes to lactobacilli.
There are many causes of bacterial vaginosis. Risk factors include multiple and or new sexual partners, douching that may cause unnatural bacterial growth, and natural lack of lactobacilli.
Treatments and Prevention
Preventing Bacterial vaginosis is important to decrease your risk of developing bacterial vaginosis. In order to minimize your risk, stay clear of vaginal irritants such as deodorant soaps and scented feminine products, avoid douching to maintain a bacteria, avoid sexually transmitted infections with contraception and limiting your number of sexual partners.
Most common treatments for bacterial vaginosis include prescription creams and gels along with antibiotic medication (Metronidazole, Clindamycin, Tinidazole).