Vaginal Infections

There are several causes of vaginal infections; most of them are accompanied by a tell-tale discharge which helps to differentiate them. They are:

  • yeast infections in which Candida is the primary culprit. Candida typically causes a cottage cheese-like discharge.

  • Trichomonas, a protozoan parasite which causes a watery discharge.

  • Bacterial vaginosis caused by several different culprits, but primarily Gardnerella which also causes a watery discharge.

Sexual Transmission and Vaginal Infections

Unprotected sexual intercourse can transmit a wide range of infections which include:

Bacteria:

  • Chlamydia - a nasty infection which may not cause any symptoms in the sexual partner but which can result in pelvic inflammation leading to stereility or generalized infections leading to arthritis.

  • Syphillis - a bacteriium belonging to a species which can cause local vaginal sores and lead later to neurological and other generalized illnesses. This spiral shaped organism is a close cousin to that which causes Lyme disease - the tick bourne disease which is becoming more prevalent.

  • Gonorrhoea - a bacterium capable of reproducing in the urethra of both genders as well as deeper in the reproductive organs including the uterus, falopian tubes and in the male, the prostate and testes.

Viruses

  • Herpes viruses of which there are a number of different sub types. The oral type which causes 'cold sores' can infect the genitals. Herpes Type 2 is the more common virus affecting the genitals and can appear on the penis, labia, in the vagina and on the skin on other reigons as far away as on the buttocks.

 

More to come - work in progress.

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