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Three Must Reads On Bacterial Vaginosis

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Want a better understanding of BV? We took a long walk around the interwebs to see if we could distill out a few important reads.…  Low and behold, there’s a lot out there. We’ve picked out three worthwhile reads that dig deep, cite their sources, and leave you feeling like you might finally have a grasp on what’s going on!

 

We scored the articles based on four metrics:

Informative           How much did we learn from this article?
Technical              Does the article feed the inner geek?
Referenced          No time for fake news, show me your sources!
Fun                        Simple: did we laugh, cry, feel anything at all?

  

Enjoy:

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis Biofilms

This is a comprehensive overview of BV that discusses generally accepted medical treatments and evaluates a few evolving approaches. From: Microbiology, 2016 

   Informative
   Technical
   Referenced
   Fun
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the leading vaginal disorder in women. 
  • The low efficacy of antibiotics in preventing recurrences is thought to be due to their inability to fully eradicate BV vaginal biofilms-associated bacteria. 
  • Current approved therapies are not sufficient to deal with this multi-species biofilm-related vaginal disorder.

 

  1. A Synthesis of the Literature

This article looks at the Etiology (the cause), prevalence, implications, and relationship to STIs of BV. It’s a good comprehensive read.  From: Military Medical Research, 2016.

   Informative
   Technical
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   Fun
  • BV prevalence can be as high as 50–60% in high-risk populations.
  • Five studies have reported high prevalence of BV estimates (~25 to ~50 %) among women who sleep with women.
  • Bad personal hygiene behaviors, such as vaginal douching and washing are consistently associated with BV.

 

  1. An Owner’s Guide to Vaginal Care

This fun article takes a more eastern medicine and all natural approach to feminine health. The article provides some good rules of thumb for caring for the “vaginal garden” and avoiding “hygiene crap”. From: Sheri Winston’s Intimate Arts 2008

   Informative
   Technical
   Referenced
   Fun
  • your genitalia are a self-regulating, self-cleaning ecosystem and the less you disrupt the natural balance, the better off you’ll be.
  • Vaginal infections are commonly associated with what can be called “excessive American hygiene”,
  • Your vagina is a self-regulating, self-cleaning, resilient yet delicate ecosystem and the less you disrupt the natural balance, the better off you’ll be.

 

BONUS: Vagina Dispatches 

Not to be missed! This is a four part video series that seeks to improve your genital understanding. Covering everything from periods to orgasms, the series explores what we know and what we don’t – and why. This piece isn’t specifically concerned with BV, but it is a good overview. From: The Guardian, 2016.

   Informative
   Technical
   Referenced
   Fun
  • Most people can’t even name all the parts of the Vagina
  • There are huge gaps in how comfortable different generations are with these topics

 

We truly hope this is helpful, informative, and empowering. Oh, and we’re always looking for more info - Please let us know what articles we might have missed!

 

Love,

Momotaro

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