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What does a “shift in the vaginal milieu” mean?

Are you suffering from chronic vaginal burning, itch, irritation, discharge, or odor that your gynecologist cannot seem to fix? It may be due to a shift in the vaginal milieu. But what does a shift in the vaginal milieu mean, and how can it be treated?

Vaginal milieu
The vaginal milieu refers to the various constituents and micro-organisms resident in the secretions of the vagina. The vagina is normally home to a blend of ‘good’ bacteria (lactobacilli), and bad bacteria. The lactobacilli help keep the vagina healthy.

What is a shift in the vaginal milieu?
A shift in the vaginal milieu refers to a change in the normal complement of the vaginal flora. This means that the balance of good and bad bacteria has been altered, and this causes the bad bacteria to multiply and dominate.

These types of alterations disrupt conditions in the vagina. This can give rise to a variety of symptoms including vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and irritation. It also sets up a culture media that allows yeast to grow more readily. Often the condition is midiagnosed as recurrent yeast or bacterial infections. While there may be frequent yeast infections, this is just a reflection of the underlying problem.

Treatment
In order to develop a treatment plan for shifts that take place in the vaginal milieu, the physician must first identify which vaginal constituents have been affected. Fowler GYN International (FGI) has developed the Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA) to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

The VFA test involves a comprehensive analysis of the bacterial flora. The information provided ensures that the most appropriate treatment can be recommended to restore balance.

Contact FGI, Phoenix, AZ to learn more about a shift in vaginal microflora and what it means for your vaginal health. Call 480-420-4001 to schedule a consultation with Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, or go online to www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us, and sign up for a free pre-registration call.

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