Gardnerella is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterial overgrowth. It is often associated with Bacterial Vaginosis in women. If left untreated, Gardnerella can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women, as well as a number of other complications during pregnancy. Gardnerella in men is usually only a problem if it causes symptoms or if your partner is or wants to become pregnant.

Incubation Period:

14 days

Samples Required:

Urine or Swab (women only)

Did You Know:

Approximately 50% of women affected by Gardnerella may not experience any symptoms at all.

How is Gardnerella transmitted?

Gardnerella can be passed on by a woman through vaginal intercourse. It is not usually passed on by a man.

How will I know if I have Gardnerella?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the result of an imbalance in naturally occurring vaginal bacterial populations. This allows the Gardnerella bacteria to multiply in large quantities. Once the normal populations have been overtaken, BV symptoms can occur. Most people will not experience any symptoms at all but, when they do occur, they may include a “fishy” odour, a watery discharge with a change in colour, or burning/ itching upon urination.

What tests are available for Gardnerella?

Gardnerella testing is available individually and requires a urine sample to detect infection (women may also choose a vaginal swab). The test is also included in:

  • Comfort Screen
  • Platinum Screen
  • Early Platinum Screen

Gardnerella is one of the most common STIs we provide testing for.

How is Gardnerella treated?

Gardnerella is curable and can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. If you are receiving treatment for a Gardnerella infection, you should avoid unprotected sex until your treatment is complete, and all your symptoms have disappeared.

How can I book my test with Better2Know?

To book a test or screen for Gardnerella at your nearest Asian clinic, contact our expert Patient Services team today on the telephone number above. Alternatively, you can arrange your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of this page.