Healthy Vaginal Microbiome

Is Critical for Feminine Health

Vaginal Microbiome:

Just Like The Gut, Your Vagina Consists Of Microorganisms — Mostly Bacteria, Plus Some Fungi And Viruses, Together Called Vaginal Microbiome. A Healthy Vaginal Microbiome Is Characterized By Mostly “Good” Bacteria Of The Lactobacilli Type And Fewer “Harmful” Micro-Organisms.

Lactobacillus Is A Women’s Best Pal

The “good” lactobacilli bacteria produce lactic acid which help maintain the vaginal acidity level in the normal range of pH 3.8-4.5 and makes it difficult for the “bad” microorganisms to colonize and multiply. Also certain lactobacilli produce hydrogen peroxide and other compounds often referred to as bacteriocins that suppress the growth of “bad” anaerobic micro-organisms. 
As such a healthy and balanced vaginal eco-system, dominated by lactobacilli, plays a critical role in protecting against colonization and overgrowth of pathogenic micro organisms that may lead to intimate discomfort and vaginal infections.

Vaginal Microbiome Dysbiosis

The delicate balance of the vaginal microbiome can easily be disrupted and is frequently associated with elevation of vaginal pH. This happens when the concentration of lactobacilli is reduced while the concentration of anaerobic micro-organisms increase. 

This disruption of the eco-system may be caused by: 

  • Antibiotic treatment for vaginal infections as well as other infections.
  • Sexual activity and certain types of contraceptives.
  • Change in hormone level; stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Use of intra-vaginal products, including douching.
  • Inadequate personal intimate hygiene.
  • Stressed lifestyle and other conditions leading to decreased immune functioning.

Ok, Why Should I Care About My Vaginal Microbiome?

There’s an immense amount of research that is now showing just how important our vaginal microbiomes are and just how personalized our approaches to managing them should be. Imbalanced vaginal microbiome profiles have been shown to be associated with increased rates of bacterial vaginosis, infertility, preterm birth and increased risk of STD. New studies have shown that imbalanced vaginal flora can lead to favorable tissue environment for HPV like viral infections1-2. Recent studies have also suggested that imbalanced flora can also be a risk factor for higher chances of ovarian cancer3

References: 1. Garrett WS Cancer and the microbiota. Science. 2015; 348: 80. 2. Reid G Cervicovaginal microbiomes—threats and possibilities. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2016; 27: 446 3. Nene, N.R. Association between the cervicovaginal microbiome, BRCA1 mutation status, and risk of ovarian cancer: a case-control study. The Lancet 2019; 20: 1171

Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis, Does This Have To Do Something With My Vaginal Microbiome?

Yes indeed; bacterial vaginosis is a condition in which the vaginal microbiome is imbalanced. An imbalanced vaginal microbiome often contains ‘bad bacteria’ that causes a biofilm to form. Often times, antibiotics alone are not enough to disrupt this biofilm and help you get rid of bacterial vaginosis. Understanding what’s in your vaginal microbiome can help you and your doctor work towards the best solution for you.  
VagiBiom® uses patented Biomsify® microbiome balancing formula
Balance, Nurture And Stabilize Good Vaginal Flora For Healthy Vaginal Tissues
Biom’s proprietary strains of Lactobacillus crispatus Bi16 and Lactobacillus gasseri Bi19 are from healthy human commensal flora
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