African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211

Full Length Research Paper

Vaginal lactobacillus distributions and functions in pregnant women

Li Lin*, Hain-ing Yang and Jianrong Su
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beijing Friendship Hospital–affiliated to Capital Medical University of Medical Sciences, Beijing 100050, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 April 2011
  •  Published: 18 May 2011



Lactobacillus plays an important role in keeping the vaginal micro-ecological balance and inhibiting the growth and reproduction of pathogens. However, the knowledge ofLactobacillus distributions and functions in pregnant women remains unclear. The study was undertaken the prevalence of Lactobacillus and the specific strains of Lactobacilluspresent in vaginal discharge from women at different stages of pregnancy. This study was performed between October 2009 and January 2010 at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, China. pH value of vaginal discharges was determined, vaginal discharges were collected and Lactobacillus were isolated and cultured, hydrogen peroxide generation ofLactobacillus was performed on 120 pregnant women. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 11.5 software. Among the 120 samples of vaginal discharge, Lactobacilli was isolated in 104 samples (86.7%), 80 were Lactobacillus acidophilus (76.9%), 80 were LB+ (76.9%), 64 were L. acidophilus. Most L. acidophilus isolates could produce hydrogen peroxide. pH gradually decreased with ongoing pregnancy, but there were no significant differences among the three trimesters (P>0.05). Our results indicated that L. acidophilusis the dominant bacterial strain in terms of the vaginal Lactobacillus distributions and functions in pregnant women.

Key words: Lactobacillus, vaginal, pregnant women.