Gardnerella vaginalis (PCR) in urine
The test identifies bacterial vaginosis caused by the bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis. Undiagnosed and untreated disease can become complicated and cause urinary tract infection, inflammation of the ovaries or cervix, premature birth, and increase the risk of miscarriage. It is very common during pregnancy, as well as several weeks after childbirth. This happens due to changes in the acidity (pH) of the woman's vagina, additional physical exertion during pregnancy. Good bacteria, called lactobacilli, need a more acidic environment to survive in a woman's body.