Many kinds of bacterial infections can occur, and these might (or might not) be sexually transmitted. The common organisms that can cause vaginal infections include:

  • Group B streptococcus
  • Gardnerella
  • Yeast infections
  • Trichomonas

The most common symptoms of bacterial infections are:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Offensive/discoloured discharge
  • Spotting (after sex)
  • Pain (during sex)

Bacterial infections are non-life-threatening, yet can all lead to chronic pain/discharge problems. In some cases, they can have further implications for women who are about to deliver or in pregnant women.

A simple swab (of the discharge) can determine the type of infection present; this is then easily treated (with antibiotics, anti-virals or anti-fungals) for you and your sexual partner. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms (listed above) or if want a full  STI health screen, visit your IPSA Medical clinic. You can discuss your symptoms more with your IPSA Medical doctor during your consultation.

If, during the examination, your IPSA Medical doctor determines that a bacterial infection might be present, you will be given an antibiotic course (whilst waiting for your results). All of your swab results will be explained (in person). Your IPSA Medical doctor will also run through the general prevention measures to reduce your chances of future infections.

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