What is Gardnerella?

Gardnerella is often associated with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). It is a very common cause of vaginal infection (vaginitis). Bacterial Vaginosis is the result of bacterial overgrowth, making it different from thrush (candida) which is caused by a yeast. There are many reasons for an imbalance, ranging from changing soap to a new sexual partner, using an IUD or not using a condom.

Did you know? …

Having Gardnerella can make you more likely to contract a second STI and lead to complications with your pregnancy. Click here to see the full article.

What are the symptoms?

Most people with Gardnerella will experience no symptoms. You may notice a water discharge with a change in colour or a “fishy” odour, or itching/burning when urinating.

How do I test for it?

You can be tested for Gardnerella at any of our clinics by providing a urine sample.  he results are available the day after your sample is received in our laboratory.

How is it treated?

Gardnerella can be treated with a short course of antibiotics which can be prescribed to you following a consultation with your Better2Know doctor. You can take your results to your own doctor, if you would prefer.

What are the adverse consequences?

If left untreated, the infection can make you more likely to become infected with other STDs including HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. You are also more likely to pass Gardnerella and other infections onto a new partner.

Gardnerella can cause some complications in pregnancy if not treated, as well as Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID).