A longitudinal study of the vaginal flora over a menstrual cycle.

  title={A longitudinal study of the vaginal flora over a menstrual cycle.},
  author={F. E. Keane and Catherine A. Ison and David Taylor-Robinson},
  journal={International journal of STD & AIDS},
  volume={8 8},
Healthy female volunteers participated in an anonymous study to monitor vaginal flora by taking daily vaginal samples and making a smear for later Gram-staining, as well as recording information on genital symptoms, sexual activity, contraceptive and bathing practices. A modification of Spiegel's criteria was used to categorize the Gram-stained smears, an intermediate category between normal flora and bacterial vaginosis (BV) being recognized. Of the 22 volunteers who completed the study, one… CONTINUE READING
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