Infections

Gardnerella

What is Gardnerella?

It is a bacterial infection. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infection.

How is Gardnerella spread?

This is not necessarily caused by sexually activity. However, risk factors that seems to increase the likelihood of this infection include a history of multiple sex partners, a new sexual relationship, cigarette smoking, vaginal douching and the use of an intrauterine device.

What are the symptoms of Gardnerella?

50% of women do not have symptoms. In others, it causes a ‘fishy’ vaginal odor and/or yellow or white discharge.

How is Gardnerella Diagnosed?

A urine home test.

How is Gardnerella treated?

Antibiotics if symptoms occur.

Are there any complications?

It can be associated with recurrent miscarriage and there is an association with premature labour and low birth weight.