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Back in March 2017 we blogged abut vaginal infections and probiotics, the latter being the way to restore and maintain the ‘good bacteria’ that is wiped out when taking antibiotics.

One month later, came out a research article validating our information and expanding on that knowledge about the vaginal eccosystem.  The article was titled (the link will take you to a pdf copy of it), Vaginal microbiome and its relationship to behavior, sexual health, and STDs

Excerpts:

  • Recent advances in molecular techniques and informatics allow researchers to explore microbial composition in detail and to compare the structure of vaginal microbial communities with behavior and health outcomes;
  • There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the enormous effect of the microbiome on host metabolism and susceptibility to disease;
  • The bacteria inhabiting the human vagina are thought to be the first line of defense  against vaginal infection…
  • Significant evidence now indicates that a microbiome dominated by lactobacillus species is optimal for vaginal health… Disrupting vaginal lactobacillus can result in bacterial vaginosis, an often symptomatic condition in which vaginal lactobacilli are lost and anaerobic bacteria are concomitantly increased;
  • Estrogen seems to play an important role in promoting the growth of lactobacilli…
  • Sexual behavior… vaginal douching… smoking… have an influential effect on bacterial vaginosis…
  • Research into the gut microbiome has consistently demonstrated the striking effect of diet on bacterial community composition and function, which seems to have a profound influence on human health, including obesity and metabolic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer… The gut may serve as an extravaginal reservoir for both lactobacilli and bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria;

Click on the above link, read this fascinating research article (it is easy to understand), and share with others.

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