Infections come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and cause a range of symptoms.
A quick overview of Amsel’s criteria for diagnosis of BV using vaginal fluid samples.
We look at what your doctor is looking for when they do a wet mount in their office – ask them what they can see!
A quick overview of a clue cell.
Ever wondered why your period causes a flare-up of your BV symptoms? Iron in your period may be more important than just pH.
A quick chat about getting wasted and how this affects your microbial colonies.
We look over some ways to improve your good bacterial colonies using diet.
We review some key elements to keep your vagina safe from infections.
Figuring out how to manage stress when you are treating BV.
Here’s the rundown on fermented foods for your vaginal ecosystem.
A thyme-like herb was trialled against standard antibiotic treatment for BV, and has come out a bit under in a direct comparison.
A calendula cream was just as effective as antibiotics one week after application for BV.
Fluomizin is a vaginal tablet used for vaginal infections, primarily in the European Union.
Dequalinium chloride (Fluomizin) is a very solid general antimicrobial used vaginally for infections of all kinds.
E. faecium is a bacteria that can contribute to or cause vaginal or urinary tract infections.
Easy reference table for determining your vaginal infection.
Megasphaera species are highly correlated with bacterial vaginosis.
S. pneumoniae is not a bacterium normally found in the vagina, and infection can be serious.
We examine the antimicrobial properties of colloidal silver and discuss the possible efficacy of colloidal silver in vulvovaginal infections.
Instructions on making vaginal or rectal suppositories and pessaries.
If your BV is stubborn for some underlying reason, we have a couple of tips to give you some symptom relief during your non-treatment times.
C. krusei is a rare cause of vulvovaginitis, typically appearing in women who have had multiple courses of other antifungals throughout their lives.
A study looked into rates of certain types of female infertility and how that related to BV.
Researchers look into the sperm quality of infertile men carrying G. vaginalis.
A couple of older studies look at G. vaginalis in the urethras of men.
An old study examines gentian violet’s antimicrobial properties against Gram-negative bacteria.
We discuss the idea of BV-bacteria being transmissible by mouth. It’s not impossible, but it’s not our first port of call.
Secondary dysmenorrhoea is period pain caused by an underlying health condition, and is treated differently to regular period pain.
A fluconazole-resistant species of yeast that can cause vulvovaginal yeast infections.
Cyclic vaginitis is recurrent symptoms that follow the predictable pattern of your menstrual cycle.
We discuss a less commonly found vulvovaginal yeast pathogen.
Gentian violet can be used as a treatment for some vaginal infections. Messy, but great!
Learn about Betadine vaginal applications.
Learn about vulvovaginal Candida glabrata infections and how to treat them effectively.
If you can’t afford expensive probiotics and tests, there are a couple of very cheap tricks to solving yeast infections.
Recurrent yeast infections may have their root in a biofilm in your intestine. Learn how to fix it.
An overview of the use of povidone-iodine (Betadine) vaginally.
Vitamin D supplementation can help women who have asymptomatic BV, but it has no effect on those with recurrent BV.
You can inexpensively fill your own vegetable caps with boric acid at home.
Woman Seeking Boric Acid.
We examine the evidence regarding the effect of antibiotic treatment of male sexual partners of women with BV.
Foreskins harbour BV-causing bacteria.
Enterococcus faecalis is associated with bacterial vaginosis, and should be tested for using PCR testing in unresponsive BV.
Find out what to ask for when you go to the doctor to get tested for BV.
We give examples of what 600mg of boric acid looks like if you don’t have it in capsules already.
We go over the ins and outs of heating coconut oil to make your treatments.
An overview of Balance Activ gel and pessaries.
How to use Jarro-Dophilus vaginally – there’s more to it than you think!
How to dilute hydrogen peroxide to a 6 per cent mix using a 35 per cent dilution.
How to deal with an antibiotic-driven yeast infection.
We run you through aerobic vaginitis – different to, but usually mistaken for, BV, with yellow, thick discharge, itching and inflammation.
Genital warts are almost always caused by a variant of the HPV virus.
We review some causes of excessive vaginal discharge.
Smoking can cause immunity issues via various mechanisms, meaning smokers may be more prone to infections than non-smokers.
A small lab study looked at the ability of tea tree oil and coconut vinegar to inhibit the growth of the biofilms of and kill Gardnerella vaginalis.
P. aeruginosa is a common cause of urinary tract infections and common in people who have been hospitalised.
A study looks into vaginal inflammation, BV and the relationship with HIV transmission.
A study looks a little closer at Mobiluncus curtisii and its role in bacterial vaginosis.
Mycoplasma bacteria are very tiny microbes that lack a cell wall, but instead have a unique cell membrane not found in other microbes or viruses. In fact Mycoplasma species were once thought to be viruses they were so small, and could fit through bacterial filters....
An enzyme present in vaginas with BV breaks down the mucous layer so the bacteria can adhere to the vaginal cells.
A study looked at the effectiveness of using boric acid suppositories as well as an antibiotic for removal of the bacterial biofilm that causes recurrent bacterial vaginosis.
Chitosan was much more effective at disrupting biofilms (in the lab) than polycarbophil gels.
P. bivia is associated with BV and the higher pH found in BV-affected vaginas.
Vulvar folliculitis is an inflamed, infected hair follicle on the vulva.
Proteus infection ranges from a simple UTI to sepsis, and requires immediate, thorough treatment.
Treating M. genitalium can be tricky so longer treatments with antibiotics are recommended, with specific types most effective.
There appears to be a relationship between Mycoplasma hominis and Gardnerella vaginalis.
A study has found a strong association between BV and M. genitalium.
Review: Jarro-Dophilus Women probiotic with L. crispatus, L. jensenii, L. gasseri and L. rhamnosus – 5bn, 10bn CFUs
Jarrow has finally burst the L. crispatus bubble with their new probiotic product for women.
A yeast allergy can manifest in the vagina and vulva causing itching and burning, and being totally missed by your doctor.
This bacterial infection can cause urethritis, vaginal bleeding, inflammation and vaginitis.
Guys, you are spreading the bacteria that cause fishy-smelling vaginas around with bareback sex! Here’s the proof, and what to do about it.
Prevotella is a bacteria commonly found in the mouth, but it can also live in the genital tract.
Your urine pH may need to be more neutral – not acidic, not alkaline – to protect against UTIs.
Ever wondered why you can’t figure out how to take your probiotics? We discuss and give you our definitive answer.
Boric acid is a cheap product like salt, so don’t spend lots of money buying pretty vagina capsules (unless you want to).
Sometimes your vagina swings the opposite way to your infection and lactobacilli overgrow, causing yeast-infection-like symptoms, in particular the itch. Here’s why
Little pearly bumps appeared on your vulva, but you can’t figure out what they are? They could be the virus molluscum contagiosum.
Women with BV more often have an inflamed endometrial lining than those without BV.
How is endometritis different to PID? We discuss what endometritis is and how it’s treated.
We look at a case study and discuss how and why H. pylori could be responsible for your BV.
We look at research into the sexual transmission of H. pylori and how it could be a cause of bacterial vaginosis and urethritis.
We look into the research of vitamin C as a vaginal treatment for BV.
A study looks into vitamin C for a treatment for changing the pH of the vagina and restoring healthy microflora in women (including pregnant women).
A study into the different subtypes of G. vaginalis present in BV, and which are most closely associated with BV.
Worse outcomes were found in women who had the same sex partner before and after BV treatment, but better outcomes in those on oestrogen-based birth control.
A study looks into the difference between BV vaginas and healthy vaginas in terms of metabolites.
Understanding the treatment program and how to deal with your nerves about being stuck with BV for the rest of your life.
A quick tour of boric acid research in the vagina.
We discuss the impact of water submersion on the treatment.
We discuss why H. pylori infections – and their medical treatments – can result in BV.
Condyloma lata refers to the warts that appear in the secondary form of syphilis.
A look at cervical cancer.
Dried milk kefir grains aren’t very useful for our purposes – fresh is the way to go.
We do not recommend using store-bought milk kefir when treating the vagina. Here’s why.
She wants to know if her own ejaculate fluid is just as disruptive in alkalinity as a man’s in the vagina during BV treatments.
This vaginal probiotic contains the strain Lactobacillus crispatus, which can be difficult to find in regular women’s probiotics.
BV trial now taking participants in San Francisco.
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.