Although we strive to deliver accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee to that effect is made. Avoid probiotics and milk kefir (anything containing lactobacilli) for your treatment time, and make sure you evaluate why this has been allowed to occur. This is done by testing the following: Reducing lactobacilli numbers can be done by elevating the vaginal pH using a sodium bicarbonate douching solution or suppository. Usually your body controls the size of the colonies of lactobacilli in your vagina incidentally with oestrogen levels. It doesn’t have to be a doctor. Then, symptoms permitting, just sit this one out. This discharge is then misdiagnosed as a yeast infection and antifungals are prescribed. However, lactobacillus is unresponsive to traditional treatment with antifungal yeast infection medication. Symptoms may also increase during the luteal phase (the part of the cycle post-ovulation until the first day of the period), which is where oestrogen rises, possibly causing more glycogen to be excreted and feeding the lactobacilli. Lactobacilli produce hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid, among other bacteriocins, in their normal daily war against all things not vagina, including HIV. The overgrowth of these bacteria -- a condition called cytolytic vaginosis -- disrupts the normal vaginal environment, causing it to become more acidic 12. Vaginal inflammation caused by lactobacillus overgrowth can increase a woman's sensitivity to touch. Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the: A password will be sent to your email address. If you are normal and healthy without a blood sugar problem or too much oestrogen, over the next week or so, as your body behaves normally with normal oestrogen levels, the lactobacilli will reset themselves to a healthy level that matches their food source – glycogen. Each of you will be a bit different, but the treatment period is over several weeks and therefore the results will also be over several weeks – but, you should feel some relief immediately. Alternatively, certain women can develop thin, watery vaginal discharge as a symptom of lactobacillus overgrowth, according to the UVA. It is a cheap product, You have a different underlying infection. The overgrowth of these bacteria — a condition called cytolytic vaginosis — disrupts the normal vaginal environment, causing it to become more acidic 1. An overgrowth of lactobacilli in your vagina – that lasts past you adding more in and feeding them – is therefore due to another factor that is causing extra glycogen in the vagina. The thing is to A) let your vagina do its thing and correct itself and/or B) do a mild baking soda douche once, and see how you go. Vaginal discharge – comparison of clinical, laboratory and microbiological findings. While it isn’t usually the primary focus of a doctor’s visit, there are some stats available. It is estimated that while yeast infections comprise up to 30 per cent of all gynaecological complaints associated with discharge, cytolytic vaginosis makes up between five and seven per cent of those in the same patient population. International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD), International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia, Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). This resource is designed to increase your knowledge and empower you with your health options, not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more information, see our Privacy Policy and Disclaimer. While lactobacilli is one of the most helpful (identified) microorganisms in the human vaginal tract, it isn’t always good news if this generally-friendly bacteria get out of control. Cytolytic vaginosis is also called lactobacillus overgrowth syndrome or Doderlein’s cytolysis, and is characterised by an overgrowth of lactobacilli species. Cytolytic vaginosis tends to be cyclic, as the food supply relies heavily on oestrogen to stimulate glycogen. In one study (Cerikeioglu et al 2004​1​), 210 women with vaginal discharge and other symptoms that looked like a yeast infection were examined, and 15 of them were found to have cytolytic vaginosis. If you develop symptoms of lactobacillus overgrowth, consult a physician. This causes vaginal discharge. (In theory.). Lactobacillus is a naturally occurring bacteria present within a woman’s vagina. Don’t overdo this treatment, as you don’t want to go in the other pH direction too far and leave your vagina open to other pathogens. This is not to say that you have a blood sugar issue, but if you do have blood sugar dysregulation or a propensity to oestrogen excess, this can be a sustaining cause of cytolytic vaginosis. cytolytic vaginosis is therefore a condition involving the disintegration of the vaginal cell wall. Pain during sexual intercourse can result in a temporary decrease in libido in certain women. We do our best as science loving, evidence-based health practitioners to provide accurate, correct information, but we cannot replace your real-life health professionals.