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Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial imbalance and a very common cause of vaginal discharge. Although it seldom causes pain, some women experience discomfort and many report embarrassment due to the unpleasant odour of persistent discharge.
Causes of BV
Despite its prevalence, BV is not well understood. It is known that the condition is caused by an imbalance in the natural bacteria in the vagina, whereby the normal, healthy bacteria which reside in the vagina are replaced by ‘bad’ bacteria which usually only live in the bowels.
BV is usually treated with a course of tablets and/or cream/gel. However, more than 50% of women will experience a reoccurrence of BV within a few months. In time BV will reoccur in over 80% of women.
Unfortunately, some will suffer frequent episodes which often prove resistant to standard treatment; they can also be difficult to define using commonly available tests.
We appreciate the impact this troublesome condition has on your everyday life, how it can affect your self-confidence, sex life and sense of wellbeing. We will not trivialise your symptoms, we will listen, examine, test appropriately and devise a treatment plan that may include medication and lifestyle changes, aimed at successfully eradicating your condition and preventing it from returning.
Just some of the problems we treat
Thrush is a yeast-like fungus. It is a common condition and affects 75% of women at some time in their lives and 40% will have more than one episode. Symptoms include itching, irritation, soreness and swelling and usually a creamy, curdy white discharge.
Causes of Thrush
Thrush is caused by the fungus Candida. This is naturally present within the vagina, but thrush occurs when the natural balance between ‘friendly’ bacteria and Candida changes, and the Candida multiplies.
Most women can be easily treated with creams, pessaries or a dose of medication. However, 5% of women will experience recurrent thrush (more than 4 episodes in a year) and 1% will suffer almost constantly. It is the women in these two groups that often prove more difficult to treat. This is sometimes because of the repeated use of available anti-fungal treatments has led to the infection becoming drug-resistant, and sometimes it can be because of an underlying predisposition/condition.
Focus Medical Clinic provides a full sexual health service. We screen for most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea and provide treatment and counselling. It’s an entirely confidential service which means we will seek your permission before talking to your GP or passing on any information to them.
We provide a range of sexual health screening options, from the Peace of Mind Screen which tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, to HIV testing, to the Comprehensive Sexual Health Screen which provides a full range of tests.
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