‘Minor Infection’ Impacts Women’s Social Lives

Bacterial vaginosis is an irritating condition that affects women due to the onset and abundance of normal bacteria within the vaginal region. It typically causes a vaginal discharge as one of its main symptoms and is very uncomfortable for women to experience.

Lastly, some STDs are tested for during pregnancy. Your doctor probably ordered these tests during your first round of blood work, after verifying your pregnancy. They include HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and bacterial vaginosis. The reason you are tested for them is because you can pass on the infection to your baby. Some of them are tested during your first prenatal visit and during your third trimester, if you are considered high risk for these infections.

One morning a few months ago, before the sun came up and my daughter started stirring in her crib, I locked myself in the bathroom with some latex gloves and two long-handled swabs. One of the swabs I rubbed all over the inside of my unbrushed, decidedly unminty mouth. The other—how can I put this elegantly?—I swiped across a sample of my poop. I stuck the swabs into separate one-inch vials filled with a salt solution, then dropped them into a FedEx envelope.

I have spent most of the day on the internet reading experiences that other women have gone through from the Mirena. I can say I am not alone that is for sure. Anyway I am 48 years old, and have suffered irregular painful heavy periods, constant disabling abdominal, hip and lower back pain for years. I also have andomyosis, which is the thickening of the uterine wall which really has been causing me alot of problems. My gynaecologist told me that if I have the Mirena inserted, my symptoms will slowly get better month by month.

The use of L. acidophilus to fight bacterial vaginosis is based off the observation that when a bacterial vaginosis infection takes hold, natural lactobacillus in the vaginal tract become depleted. Probiotic L. acidophilus also lets off hydrogen peroxide, which is believed to alter the pH of the vaginal tract, making it less hospitable to the invading bacteria. A few small clinical studies that have found this probiotic helpful for treating this condition, according to Additional larger clinical studies are needed to definitively determine the effectiveness of L. acidophilus against bacterial vaginosis.

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