Vaginitis, an infection of the lower genital tract in women, is known to be triggered by the overgrowth of the vagina’s naturally occurring microorganisms.
This study looked at the prevalence of Candida
spp. and age-related disparities amongst women presenting with vaginitis at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) clinic in a tertiary hospital in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
One hundred high vaginal swabs were collected from pregnant and non-pregnant women and examined microscopically and microbiologically.
Age-group 20–29 years had the highest incidence of candidal vaginitis. There was a higher occurrence of yeast cells in pregnant than in non-pregnant participants while the non-pregnant women had a greater level of bacterial cells. Forty (40) of the samples contained yeasts of Candida
species representing a 40% prevalence. Three species of Candida
were identified with C. albicans
dominating. Of the 40 samples positive for Candida
spp., 30 (75.0%) were confirmed to be C. albicans
. The remaining isolates were
The findings in this study would play a role in the future management of Candida