Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

A Healthy Vaginal Microbiome

is Critical for Feminine Health

Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

A Healthy Vaginal Microbiome

is Critical for Feminine Health

Lactobacillus is a Woman’s Best Pal

Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

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 microorganisms. A healthy and balanced vaginal eco-system, dominated by lactobacilli, plays a critical role in protecting against colonization and overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms that may lead to intimate discomfort and vaginal infections.

Lactobacillus is a Woman’s Best Pal

Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

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 microorganisms. A healthy and balanced vaginal eco-system, dominated by lactobacilli, plays a critical role in protecting against colonization and overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms 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 microorganisms increase.

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 microorganisms increase.

Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

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

Antibiotic treatment for vaginal as well as other infections.

Sexual activity and certain types
of contraceptives.

Change in hormone levels, stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.

Inadequate personal intimate hygiene.
Stressed lifestyle and other conditions leading to decreased immune functioning.

Use of intra-vaginal products,
including douching.

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

Antibiotic treatment for vaginal as well as other infections.

Sexual activity and certain types
of contraceptives.

Change in hormone levels, stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.

Inadequate personal intimate hygiene.?
Stressed lifestyle and other conditions leading to decreased immune functioning.

Use of intra-vaginal products,
including douching.

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

Antibiotic treatment for vaginal as well as other infections.

Sexual activity and certain types of contraceptives.

Change in hormone levels, stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.

Inadequate personal intimate hygiene.
Stressed lifestyle and other conditions leading to decreased immune functioning.

Use of intra-vaginal products, including douching.

Ok, Why Should I Care About My Vaginal Microbiome?

There’s an immense amount of research that now shows 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 cancer.

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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

Ok, Why Should I Care About My Vaginal Microbiome?

Vaginal Microbiome | Critical for Feminine Health | Vagibiom

There’s an immense amount of research that now shows 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 cancer.

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.

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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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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Can your Mental Health actually affect your Vagina?

Well, the short answer is there is no short answer. It gets a little scientific but just keep up and you will understand. See the body is all about chemistry! So, in order to understand why stress could actually change your chemistry is not only very interesting but as a woman something you really should know.

So let’s get to the first part. Why does this happen?
We all know our mental well-being can have a massive bearing on our overall health. The body carries anxiety, stress and trauma in many different ways and if you’ve noticed a change in your intimate health during stressful situations that same stress may be to blame for the changes you are experiencing.

For example, discharge is a great signifier of your overall health and this doesn’t just include your physical wellbeing. Some studies have highlighted that when you’re stressed your immune system dips and this could leave you susceptible to diseases and other unwanted health conditions. The imbalance in the vagina can weaken the protective bacteria and lead to other issues, including unpleasant discharge that smells, is thicker than usual or is dark in color. “This happens because the natural “self-cleaning” process has been interrupted, sometimes by STRESS. Changes in the appearance, smell and texture of discharge can be an isolated problem, but it can be a good sign of an infection like thrush or bacterial vaginosis.

In a new study conducted by CARE, a non-profit international aid organization, investigators have found that while almost nobody is spared from the anxiety, worry and overall emotional fatigue of life, women are almost three times as likely as men to report suffering from significant mental health consequences (27% compared to 10%), including anxiety, loss of appetite, inability to sleep and trouble completing everyday tasks.
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It’s easy to forget the physical implications of stress and anxiety during the stressful times. It’s highly likely you are vigilant looking out for coughs or a rise in your temperature during times of high infections. However, carrying around worries and anxiety for a long period of time can seriously impact your intimate health. Read More

For many women this can lead to changes in lifestyle as in low libido, not feeling fresh, loss of confidence and self-care and more serious implications like infections and disease.

But it does not have to be this way!

Reducing Stress is key to all areas of healthy living and reducing inflammation and disease. AND now you know it also has a great impact of your Vaginal Health!

The first step is recognizing the signs and symptoms of Vaginal Microbiome imbalance and taking action to learn more and make changes to improve your Vaginal Health.

Signs include:

A change in the color, odor or amount of vaginal discharge.

Vaginal redness or itching.

Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause.

A mass or bulge in your vagina.

Pain during intercourse.

If you would like to learn more about HOW to Balance the Natural Flora of your Vaginal Microbiome and Feel Confident and Fresh everyday click below to see how VagiBiom products can change how you feel DOWN THERE while preventing infections and disease related to vaginal imbalance.

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