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 easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. It can sometimes clear up on its own however, if you have symptoms, you may wish to receive effective treatment. Better2Know can provide you with a prescription for treatment if you test positive. Alternatively, you can take your results to your own doctor.

You should avoid unprotected sex until your treatment is complete and all your symptoms have disappeared. You may wish to consider having a repeat test at the end of your treatment to check that the infection has completely cleared.

You should also contact your previous partners to notify them about your result as he/she may also need to get tested. You can do so using the Better2Know anonymous notification system in your secure patient area.

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.