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Beach Girl
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I recently had a full STI screening, and I am having some trouble understanding the results of the Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast Screen.

It says there was no yeast seen and smear not suggestive of bacterial vaginosis, but there was a bunch of other info that I don't understand: 1+ (rare) Polymorphs, 2+ Mononucleated white blood cells, 3+ Epithelial cells, 4+ Large gram positive bacilli suggestive of Lactobacillus species, 1+ (rare) Gram variable bacilli suggestive of Gardnerella vaginalis.

They told me they would call if anything was wrong, and they haven't called, but I am wondering if anything there is something I should be concerned about or if I should book another appointment to talk about the results.

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This is way out of my league here, and I don't think we have anyone on staff or in the volunteers who has ever worked as a lab technician.

Understand that it is normal for the vagina to have these flora: bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are about imbalances of them, not about their presence.

But the golden rule is just to ask about your results, and to call in if you're curious. However, if your doctor told you all was well and there was no cause for concern, there's no reason to assume you have something to worry about.

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I know I shouldn't be writing here...but if this isn't helpful feel free to delete.

I wouldn't be worried. Polymorphs are a term for white blood cells that have nuclei (I think usually more than one) that can come in different shapes. Mono-nucleated white blood cells...pretty self explanatory. White cells occur naturally in the vagina to fight off infection or foreign invaders, A high white blood cell count would be cause for concern, but would be obviously apparent in the screening. Epithelial cells--just skin cells contaminating the test. Lactobacillus occurs naturally in the vagina, and is also found in yogurt, which is why you eat yogurt as a probiotic to replenish natural flora. Gardnerella vaginalis is what causes bacterial vaginosis but can occur naturally without the infection. The Gram-positive part is just a simple differentiation of weird chemical properties to classify bacteria and are not of concern. [Smile] hope that helped clear your mind some

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(This forum is for staff and volunteer replies ONLY, as clearly stated at the top. Nobody here is a medical doctor with the ability to interpret test results through the Internet. Please stick to the main forums, where all users can give input. Thanks.)

[ 02-06-2007, 10:27 PM: Message edited by: Miss Lauren ]

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I'm not a microlab tech, but I am handy for interpreting test results. I do it all the time at work. Just an FYI if it comes up again. S_G's info is correct, so I won't tamper with it. But S_G just needs to mind the rules in the future.

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