Vaginal Dysbiosis Part 1

Covered in this episode:

  • Reviewing the vaginal milieu
  • Vaginal histology
  • Defining what is "normal"
  • Scope of practice
  • Normal commensal flora
  • Vaginal dysbiosis
  • Assessments & Differential diagnosis
  • Red flags, alarm bells?
  • Social factors influencing STD incidence
  • Candida: multiple species
  • Resources for practitioners
  • Supporting patients with fears

Understanding Group B Strep infection

Perinatal infection with group B streptococcus (GBS) is a global health issue occurring in approximately 1-4/1000 live births. There is a high mortality for neonates who acquire a group B strep infection following delivery, thus screening is now a standard feature of natal care. So what role can complementary medicine play in the co-management or prevention of GBS?

Covered in this episode:

  • What is Group B Strep?
  • Why are these commensals becoming a problem?
  • Group B Strep: how can you tell the good from the bad?
  • How do patients present?
  • Identifying Group B strep
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Statistics of risks
  • Supportive naturopathic interventions

Shiny Healthy You (Jules Galloway)

Moira Bradfield – How to have a healthy vagina

Covered in this episode:

  • Discharges – what’s normal and what’s not
  • Thrush – what to do if regular pharmacy (or natural) treatments don’t fix it
  • Natural and “home” remedies for thrush – what works and what doesn’t
  • How to tell if you have a bacterial infection
  • How it’s meant to smell “down there” and what an odd smell might indicate
  • What to ask for at the GP in order to get properly diagnosed
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • How to protect your vaginal health if you’ve taken antibiotics
  • How to clean lady parts without disrupting the pH balance & bacteria
  • Douches – yes or no?
  • Best and worst lubricants to use
  • Is activewear bad for your vag?

Naturopath Specialty Sessions (Amy Mingin)

Exploring the Vaginal Microbiome with Moira Bradfield.

Moira and Amy uncover the often taboo topic of the Vagina.

They discuss the microbes that tend to inhabit the lady regions, delving into common 'self-diagnosed' candida and thrush vs bacterial vaginosis (BV) and some awesome tips you can make for your diet and lifestyle in order to help you break the common cycle of vaginal dysbiosis.


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