My microbiota as a woman
Did you know that your vaginal microbiota consists of hundreds of bacteria that help maintain a healthy vaginal environment1?
Every woman’s vaginal flora (a.k.a. vaginal microbiota) is unique, and unlike the other microbiota (such as the gut), the vaginal microbiota is balanced when its diversity is low2. It’s composition changes throughout a woman’s life1 and also plays an important role in pregnancy.3
Maintain good intimate health habits can help you to keep your vaginal microbiota balanced4, as a disturbed composition (vaginal dysbiosis) has been associated with several diseases like bacterial vaginosis1 and vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis)6 for example.
Read more to know the different things you can do to keep your vaginal microbiota balanced.
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