Gardnerella Vaginitis: A Normal Occurrence?

For the past decades, incidence of sexual transmitted diseases have been increasing. At the same time, many research and studies have been conducted to improve management and treatment of these rampant diseases and Gardnerella Vaginitis is not excepted for this reality. Gardnerella Vaginitis is described as the infection of vagina by the normal flora called gardnerella Vaginolosis. However, recently, it was known that vaginitis can also be caused by other bacterias. Thus, the name was changed to bacteria vaginosis.

The symptoms of Bacteria vaginosis can both be easily identified and completely unnoticeable by infected women. Fish like odor after intercourse and during menstruation is the defining characteristic of this disease. However, it is not uncommon for women to experience gray, white or yellow like discharges on the vaginal walls and external part of the genitals. Since this condition doesn’t inflict pain, women often ignore these signs and  symptoms unless they start noticing far worst complications such as urinary tract infections, endometritis and premature labor for pregnant.

Risk factors for bacteria vaginosis includes douching after menses,smoking,multiple sex partners,other sexually transmitted diseases and increased sexual activity. Douching, in general, is not adviable. In fact, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services strongly discourages douching because it creates imbalance in the pH level and put women at risk for infections. Exact mechanism of how smoking affects incidence of bacteria vaginosis is not known.

Some experts, however, believe that  in cigarettes creates a increase susceptibility to vaginal diseases same goes for STDs. Multiple sex partners and increased sexual activity increase chance of harboring such infections from various partners. It is also healthy to perform hygienic practices during intercourse. Make sure that when using sexual toys, it is clean and does not harbor pathologic bacterias. It is also advisable to urinate after sex and proper perineal care in order to avoid urinary infections. Bacterial vaginosis is easily treated with Metronidazole or Clindamycin. These drugs can be administered orally and intravaginally for about 7 to 10 days depending on the response of the client to the medication. Antibiotics therapy should be complete as ordered by the doctor because noncompliance can result to recurrent bacterial vaginosis

Women often cringed at the thought of sexually transmitted disease maybe because of the fact that having such disease is still considered by society as taboo, but remember, it is your responsibility to take care of your body and get necessary care when disease arises.

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