What is it about?

This paper explains how pregnancy may alter the balance of bacteria normally found in the vagina.

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Why is it important?

An imbalance of the normal vaginal microbiota may cause a vaginal discharge which can directly or indirectly affect pregnancy outcomes.


It is important to consider the factors that would change bactria in the vagina from being harmless natural inhabitants to pathogens which may cause disease.

Emerita Professor Charlene WJ Africa
University of the Western Cape

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This page is a summary of: Anaerobes and Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy: Virulence Factors Contributing to Vaginal Colonisation, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2014, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph110706979.
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