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In bacterial vaginosis the balance of the vaginal flora is disturbed: the dominating lactobacilli are diminished, instead a mixture of bacteria such as Gardnerella vaginalis, Atopobium vaginae and other dominate.
This may cause various symptoms such as
- Burning and
- "Fishy" smell.
One of the first indications of a disturbed vaginal flora is an increased pH value. However, pathogens such as Gardnerella vaginalis may also be present in numerous cell counts at normal pH values (<4.5).
The current diagnosis of vaginosis uses microscopy which is not reliable and has a major weakness: Atopobium vaginae - a marker organism of bacterial vaginosis - cannot be distinguished from lactobacilli using microscopy. If Atopobium vaginae remains undetected, mistreatments are possible because Atopobium vaginae is resistant to the standard antibiotic for bacterial vaginosis metronidazole. Consequently, recurrences are frequent following antibiotic treatment.
The insensibility of Atopobium vaginae towards antibiotics is due to the biofilm the bacteria are producing.