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The impact of contraceptives on the microbiota? Hit and miss!

Do hormones in female contraceptives harm the microbiota? According to science, it all depends on the flora in question: the lactobacilli-dominated vaginal microbiota seems to be protected but the gut microbiota is slightly disturbed.  All women know that the hormonal fluctuations of the men...

Is the vaginal microbiota to blame for painful periods?

Cramps or discomfort during menstruation is normal but excessive pain that makes you miss work or school is not. This new study looks at the vaginal microbiota’s role in painful periods (dysmenorrhea).   When it comes to painful periods, we’re not all in the same boat. There is significan...

Libido: gut bacteria spoiling the fun

Low libido is often blamed on excessive routine or the passing years. What if there were a less obvious culprit, one quietly nestled inside our gut?   Loss of libido is a sexual disorder with multiple consequences, including reduced quality of life, low self-confidence and self-esteem, an...
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