Infections come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and cause a range of symptoms.
We discuss why H. pylori infections – and their medical treatments – can result in BV.
Condyloma means wart (or in Greek, 'knob'), but it is specific to the genitals. Condyloma lata are specific to the secondary form of syphilis, and are located on the moist folds of the genitals and anus. The warts are highly infectious, and are red, mushroom-like...
A look at cervical cancer.
This vaginal probiotic contains the strain Lactobacillus crispatus, which can be difficult to find in regular women’s probiotics.
The University of San Francisco, California, is running a clinical trial for Lactin-V, a possible new treatment for bacterial vaginosis that includes MetroGel and Lactobacillus crispatus. This product is designed to improve the three-month cure mark. The study is...
Viral shedding is where a virus makes virus babies that are popped out of cells, setting out to find their own cells to replicate in, and pop out their own viral babies.
The link between HIV, BV and HSV-2 may not be as it seems.
EBV can be a cause of vulvar ulcers, particularly in younger girls.
Ureaplasma is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can affect the urogenital tract of women and men. We discuss its basic components in women.
Mycoplasma refers to a few species of bacteria that can reside in and infect the female genital tract, with several species resistant to antibiotics.
Learn about Gram staining and how it’s used to figure out what’s living in your vagina.
Learn how BV attacks the mucous plug that keeps your baby safe.
This bacteria can cause infections in women. Learn the scientific elements of this tiny bacterium.
Want to know more about how BV bacteria interact with each other? Read this. It’s really interesting!
Warning for anyone having protected sex in Chile!
Ever wondered what made your vagina smell like fish? We explain.
Itchy? Learn the causes of vulvar itching.
Got itching and burning that just won’t go away? Learn about group B Strep – the bug doctors probably won’t test you for.
A young woman has what appears to be a post-antibiotics yeast infection. Here’s how to fix it.
A 58-year-old woman is experiencing unusual cuts, bleeding, and pain in and around her vagina and anus.
DNase disrupts biofilms created by G. vaginalis, but it is not available for us just yet.
Easy, cheap, at-home treatments for minor vaginal yeast infections.
Ever wondered if you should add essential oils into your fermented milk drinks? Here food science tells us what happens to the bacteria when you add antibacterial essential oils.
We look at the study results of biofilm formation in the mouth and how coconut can interrupt it.
Retrocyclin can interrupt new biofilm formation and G. vaginalis-mediated cell death, but it cannot interrupt established biofilms or kill bacteria.
This is the complete guide to catching an STD on purpose.
Ever wondered just how important your underwear is to your vaginal condition? We explain.
A short outline of the Nugent score and how it is determined.
The Gardasil vaccine is used in boys and girls up to age 26 to protect against various HPV strains.
Sometimes the cause of our cuts and tears are not obvious, and require a bit of detective work with your health practitioners.
A gut biofilm busting enzyme collection.
A study takes a closer look at whether coriander and thyme essential oils work on biofilms.
Mobiluncus is a bacteria that can contribute to BV, and is antibiotic resistant.
Granuloma inguinale is an STI caused by a bacteria, and causes lumps that turn into sores in the genital area.
She is now getting more frequent UTIs, and sometimes a small cut on her clitoral hood attachment. Why?
After a severe UTI, she has pain when she pees and has sex – what’s wrong and how can she fix it?
A woman has recurrent BV and isn’t sure what to do.
It’s pretty hard to get an STD from kissing alone.
Passing on infections is easy, and yes, you can catch an STD from rubbing genitals. Lots of them, actually.
A 16-year-old has a bad smell coming from her vagina, a smell so strong it comes out through her trousers.
She’s had an abnormal smear result and two biopsies, and she wants recommendations on remedies to help before her test results.
She has bloating, gas, and a sore lower back, all from first-time sex. What’s happening?
Behçet syndrome is a complex, mysterious disease that presents with ulcerations across the body – mouth, genitals, vascular system.
There are a few rarer causes of genital ulcers that can appear with flu-like symptoms, or by themselves, and appear to be related to viruses.
It can be hard to know what makes BV worse or better. We discuss using probiotics and special gels, and whether they could make BV worse.
Fem-Dophilus is used to introduce two patented strains of useful probiotic bacteria into the vagina.
What is Multi-Gyn, and how does the active ingredient work?
She has an itchy vulva that isn’t responding to prescribed medications.
She just masturbated for the first time, and has noticed the insides of her vagina. What is it?
Cinnamon oil has antimicrobial properties that interfere with biofilm formation of certain Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
A study examines several essential oils for their potency against biofilms.
These treatments are designed for minor irritations, like a post-antibiotic yeast infection. If you have a vaginal infection, please remember that some more serious conditions and infections mimic yeast infections and BV, and if you aren't sure or your problem isn't...
Confused about what to expect from your pelvic exam? We detail the doctor’s instructions.
Getting an STI test is a good idea, especially if you (or your partner) likes sex with more than one person.
Some STIs are more common in lesbians and bisexual women than heterosexual women. We discuss why.
Pap tests are done periodically to check your cervix for abnormal changes that could lead to cervical cancer.
Pubic lice – crabs – are an infestation of the pubic hair with a small louse. They are reasonably easy to treat, but can be persistent.
Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.
Syphilis is an old-fashioned STD that has largely been eradicated due to antibiotics. However, you can still catch it.
Women & their Microbes was a huge success last year with over 90 participants from over nine countries. This time the theme is reproduction, with the one-day event covering hands-on workshops and lectures from leaders in the medical and scientific community.
Staph biofilms have been found on regular-use tampons and pads (after use).
MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant form of Staph that can infect the vagina. It can be life-threatening.
Shigella is a cause of vaginal infections and vulvovaginitis, particularly in children.
H. influenzae is a common cause of vulvovaginitis in children, but it may not be easily detected by a GP or standard cultures.
Hiprex is a urinary antimicrobial agent – that doesn’t use traditional antibiotics – that has been proved successful in treating and preventing urinary tract infections.
Small fingerlike projections from the vulva (labia minora or vestibule) that may or may not be related to HPV infection.
A woman has a 5-year-old wound that is causing her clitoral hood to fall to pieces and come out slowly, with pain.
Managing BV odours can be difficult until you get the problem under control – here are some tips for keeping the smell in your panties.
Shame associated with BV and other vaginal disorders can be debilitating.
We discuss the impact of the Depo Provera contraceptive injection on BV.
She has an itchy, peeling vagina with stabbing pains in her clitoris and some cuts. What’s going on?
Women with diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation get more yeast infections due to high glucose levels in the vagina feeding the yeasts.
Tinea genitalis is a skin condition that may present with dry, itchy, sore skin around the genital area.
She has a dry patch on her labia that is really itchy and irritated, and won’t go away.
Her vagina smells like something died up there when she gets her period. What is it and how can she fix it?
A 26-year-old has ongoing yeast and bacterial issues and wants help to solve it.
There was some blood at the end of urinating, but now it’s just pain on urinating that has lasted for two weeks.
A 16-year-old seems to have a small UTI – we guide her through getting rid of it.
A woman is on blood pressure meds and has ongoing BV and vaginal irritation, soreness and itching. Is it her medication?
Suggestions on mixing hydrogen peroxide and water to douche for BV.
Chancroid is an uncommon STI that causes painful genital sores. Testing is not standardised but antibiotics cure it.
Hi Aunt Vadge, I was fingered by my boyfriend around four days ago for the first time, and in the beginning, it was very painful, but after some time, the pain was gone. But, a new problem has arisen. Everytime it feels like I need to pee, but when I go to the...
A neurogenic bladder is a bladder affected by malfunctioning or ‘broken down’ nerves that cause the bladder to work properly to store and expel urine from the body. This is caused by neurological disturbances like injury or disease.
A 19-year-old has an unidentified infection that won’t go away after trying lots of remedies and treatments.
A woman’s BV symptoms disappear with an elimination diet and other treatments under the guidance of her naturopath. See what she’s doing.
This probiotic contains a couple of species native to healthy vaginal tracts, however it is more geared toward the gut. We examine.
This collection of probiotics are hard to find – Spain has them!
Is it a chemical burn from antifungals? We discuss.
A woman has an itchy clitoris during the night, and wants some advice on how to manage the itch before she sees her doctor.
A woman is concerned that she is a sex addict, while also trying to figure out how to prevent frequent UTIs and yeast infections.
Is this lump herpes, a sebaceous cyst, an ingrown hair, or a pimple? We discuss.
An 18-year-old has tears and is scared that it might be herpes.
Can you freeze probiotic bacteria? We find out using a study from food science.
Freezing kefir or other probiotics isn’t necessarily a good idea – strain matters. Here’s a small study on four popular probiotic strains.
A quick chat about using the Killing BV book and treatment while pregnant.
The acidity or alkalinity of the vagina impacts on how glycogen is broken down by amylase. This impacts lactobacilli numbers. We explain how.
Temperature and pH make all the difference to biofilm formation in several studied bacteria.
A young lady has been diagnosed with BV, but her medicaid fell through and she isn’t able to get antibiotics.
Is this stringy yellow discharge the biofilm?
Diverticulum is a shift in the position of the urethra due to the periurethral (Skene’s glands) enlargement, possibly due to infection.