Women's Health and Bacterial Vaginosis — A Vital Test for All Pregnant Women
Most women may experience sensations off and on, such as an itching feeling in the genitals or an odorous discharge, but often they will not know that these are symptoms caused by bacterial vaginosis. The vagina is home to a natural quantity of bacteria that are normally in balance; when this balance is disturbed, it causes a condition known as bacterial vaginosis. Because bacterial vaginosis exhibits similar symptoms to other issues such as fungal infections like Candida, it is often not correctly diagnosed or treated. This is because, although the symptoms can be similar to other issues, there are key differences for treatment. Bacterial vaginosis should be treated with antibiotics while Candida can often be treated with prescription drugs. That’s why it is always essential to get tested first to make sure that your treatment is accurate and effective. Left untreated, bacterial vaginosis can cause significant complications; women who are pregnant are especially susceptible. Bacterial vaginosis can also increase the risk of premature birth.
In order to reduce the risk of premature birth, all pregnant women should get tested for bacterial vaginosis — and yet, traditional health care has not taken this important precaution. It is good to test yourself as early as possible during the pregnancy period, but if treatment is necessary you should not begin before week 12 as this is when the foetus is fully developed.
—Dr. Per-Göran Larsson, chief physician, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and medical expert at Dynamic Code.
Dynamic Code has made it easy to test for bacterial vaginosis
In traditional health care, a doctor assesses whether a woman is affected by bacterial vaginosis through an examination procedure that checks what is known as the Amsel criteria. This involves four checks: a whiff test, an examination of vaginal discharge, an acidity (pH) assessment, and a microscopy of vaginal secretions. Only when three out of the four criteria indicate bacterial vaginosis is a positive diagnosis made. With the help of modern DNA technology, however, Dynamic Code has developed a far better and significantly safer diagnostic tool.
“With our bacterial vaginosis test we can offer all women the proper treatment right away. One of our primary focus areas is women's health, and to this end we are actively working to increase awareness of bacterial vaginosis. Since many people are unfamiliar with the condition, it is often confused with Candida infections. To this end, we have chosen to develop a DNA test that checks for both bacterial vaginosis and Candida,” said Anne Kihlgren, founder and CEO of Dynamic Code.
The Dynamic Code test detects and quantifies the six most common bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis along with the four most common fungi of Candida. "This is possible because all bacteria, fungi and viruses have DNA — just like us humans," remarked Anne Kihlgren.
Dynamic Code’s test means that women can easily test themselves anywhere they are, safely and reliably. They can also get their answer quickly and confidentially. Women are able to easily take the test themselves by collecting a vaginal sample in the privacy of their own home. A swab is gently inserted into the vagina to collect a sample which is then sent to Dynamic Code's quality assured laboratories for analysis. Once the results are ready, they can be easily accessed completely anonymously at dynamiccode.com. If necessary, Dynamic Code then offers options to reach a digital healthcare provider, who can make a diagnosis, offer counselling, and provide an e-prescription.