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define vaginal ecosystem
acidic environment, predominantly occupied by lactobacili, normal discharge produced by cervix, influenced by hormonal changes during cycle
describe normal discharge
cloudy to clear; slimy, non-irritating; pH 3.8-4.2; non-offensive odor; amount varies and is not indication of infection
etiology trichomonas
motile eurkaryotic protozoan (a parasite) with undulating membrane & flagella; unicellular organism
etiology of candida, most common types
candida is normal component of vag flora, but overgrowth causes infection;
most common-albicans (65-85%) galabrata (5-10%) tropicalis (5-23%)
etiology BV (bacterial vaginosis)
imbalance normal flora c overgrowth of anerobic bacteria & lack of normal lactobacili