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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...

Bacterial vaginosis: are men involved?

Bacterial vaginosis, linked to an imbalance in the vaginal microbiota, may be caused by bacteria present in the penile microbiota of some men and transmitted during sexual intercourse.   Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a highly common infection. Often displaying few symptoms, the disease can ...

Can the vaginal microbiota be used as a tool for predicting the severity of endometriosis?

According to the results of a recently published study, analyzing the vaginal flora may make it possible to determine the severity of endometriosis, a very painful gynecological disease.   Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease which happens when tissue similar to the lining of ...
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