A new study has revealed a link between gardnerella vaginalis and bacterial vaginosis, which in turn is linked to preterm birth and a elevated risk of STD infection.

BV is much more common than thrush, affecting one in three women but as it usually has less symptoms, many women are not aware they have the infection.

BV should be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications, however it often recurs, so screening for it during your annual std screen is essential.

The research indicates that in women with gardnerella, the vaginal lining is shed by the body in an effort to get rid of the infection. This exposes sensitive underlying tissues, making it easier to pick up other STD’s and urinary tract infections and increases the risk of preterm birth