BRYAN LARSEN, Ph.D.; RUDOLPH P. GALASK, M.D.
The normal bacterial flora of the female genital tract is composed of various aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Because the normal flora may be a source of disease-causing organisms or may interact antagonistically or synergistically with exogenous pathogens, it is important to characterize physiologic determinants of the genital microflora. Mechanisms of cervical-vaginal colonization are not well understood although it appears that differences in estrogen levels are able to influence primarily the anaerobic species. The genital tract after surgery, parturition, or during menstruation is a microenvironment conducive to proliferation of various bacteria.
LARSEN B, GALASK RP. Vaginal Microbial Flora: Composition and Influences of Host Physiology. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:926–930. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-926
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_Part_2):926-930.
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