What causes Gardnerella infection?

Not having enough lactobacilli bacteria causes your vaginal PH to increase to 4.6 or more, so that your vagina isn’t acidic enough. In this environment, Gardnerella starts to multiply, and other bacteria begin to cling to the Gardnerella bacteria and grow, too. When this happens, you get BV.

What does it mean if you test positive for Gardnerella?

Gardnerella is already present in your body in small amounts, but when it starts to multiply, it messes with your vaginal microbiome. This can lead to BV symptoms like pain, itching, and abnormal discharge. To put it more simply: GV is a bacteria, and BV is a condition that can be caused by this bacteria.

Can a virgin get Gardnerella vaginalis?

Among 44 women who were virgins, 20 carried Gardnerella vaginalis in their vaginas, while 3 tested positive for Atopobium vaginae, Dr. Sepehr N. Tabrizi of The Royal Women’s Hospital in Victoria and colleagues found.

Is Gardnerella bacteria a STD?

Gardnerella is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection but it is not clear if Gardnerella can be passed from males to females during intercourse. There is no evidence to support the treatment of asymptomatic male partners of symptomatic female patients.

Is Gardnerella curable?

Gardnerella is curable and can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. You should abstain from sexual intercourse until your treatment is finished, and ensure that your sexual partners are also treated to avoid re-infecting each other.

Will Gardnerella go away?

Bacterial vaginosis often clears up on its own. But in some women it doesn’t go away on its own. And for many women it comes back after it has cleared up. Antibiotic treatment works for some women but not others.

Can Gardnerella be cured?

Gardnerella infection is easy to cure, and treatment is usually completed with oral antibiotics, such as metronidazole, secnidazole, or clindamycin. Ointments can also be prescribed, and they should be applied to the genital area.

What foods cause BV?

Anything fried. The cons of eating fried foods are two-fold when it comes to vaginal health. Not only can fried foods, which are high in fat, impact the delicate bacterial balance down there, they’re also associated with an increased risk for bacterial vaginosis.

Is Gardnerella serious?

If Gardnerella is left untreated, there is an increased risk of getting other STIs, including HIV. A long term infection in pregnant women can cause premature rupture of membranes, preterm labour and delivery, along with a range of other potentially dangerous complications.

Is BV caused by poor hygiene?

Answer: The cause of BV is not poor hygiene. Excessive vaginal cleansing can be a contributing factor for the cause of BV, by disturbing the balance of the bacteria in the vagina. Also, avoid using bath oils, detergents and bubble bath. If you smoke, this can be an additional contributing factor.