Episode 5 - Luton
Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush
Hayley’s nether regions have been causing her problems for eight years. Itching, discharge and a strange smell have spurred Hayley into action and she’s come to see Dr Dawn for advice. Previous trips to the doctor have been ineffective at solving what seem to be recurrent thrush and bacterial vaginosis infections. One in three women will have a bacterial vaginosis infection at some point, and antibiotics are generally effective but can cause thrush as a result.
Dr Dawn takes a swab and sends it off for analysis, but in the meantime provides Hayley with a lactic acid gel, which should help to regulate the acidity within her vagina and prevent the bacterial vaginosis from taking hold.
After examination by microbiologist Professor Val Edwards-Jones it transpires that Hayley is currently suffering from bacterial vaginosis, but not thrush. This means that the lactic acid gel Dr Dawn provided could well provide the cure Hayley’s been looking for. And it seems it has! Hayley noticed a difference within a couple of days of using the gel. Her problems are all cleared up and she’s now much more confident.
As part of our campaign to raise awareness of bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, two of the most common vaginal infections, the Embarrassing Bodies team visit Newcastle University. After swabbing some students to test pH levels, it emerges that one in four of our volunteers shows signs of a raised pH level. This makes bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis a possibility worthy of further investigation.
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