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Abstract

Although premenstrual exacerbation of vulvovaginal symptoms attributed to spp. is well documented, the causation of these symptoms is not well understood. This study describes the daily vaginal colonization of in three women. A single pilot study was designed to test the methodology of the proposed randomized controlled trial, Garlic and . This study reports the colonization of spp. in three women. Ten women aged 18–50 who reported at least one episode of vulvovaginal candidiasis were recruited by the University of Melbourne. Each participant took daily vaginal swabs for 2 weeks during the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle, which were analysed for quantitative colony counts of spp. Of these, three women were colonized with spp. For the first time, to our knowledge, daily colonization of during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle is described in three women, demonstrating an increase in the colony count preceding symptom development. This small study demonstrated the colonization of spp. during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle in three women. colonization is poorly understood, yet investigating the relevance of the link between symptom exacerbation and the menstrual cycle in those women who experience recurrent episodes of vulvovaginal candidiasis may influence the management of this condition.

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