Vaginal Dysbiosis: Care for your vaginal microbiome.
Yep, you have a vaginal microbiome too……And if you are a man, then know that your skin microbiome affects the vaginal microbiome of any female partners. Your vaginal microbiome is directly related to your urinary microbiome and is affected by your gut microbiome. If there is dysbiosis in the gut, it is common to also have dysbiotic bacteria in the vagina. Antibiotics often are the culprit of chronic yeast infections, and can be the cause of urinary infection from E.Coli and other opportunists. ‘Opportunists’ being organisms that could generally not proliferate if there was a healthy microbiome present.
Contributors of vaginal dysbiosis include:
- Hormone Imbalance
- Changes in climate and environment
- New sexual partners
- Current sexual partner’s hygiene
- Treatment with antibiotics, especially prolonged or repeated
- Conventional douches
- Gut dysbiosis – The microflora of the vagina is very closely related to intestinal microflora.
- Immune insufficiency
- Tampon use
Chronic undetected vaginal dysbiosis leads to pain with intercourse, inflammation, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain and vaginitis. More subtle symptoms of vaginal dysbiosis being discharge (your body trying to heal the chronic infection) and unwanted odor can also obviously impact your life. **By the way women are meant to have white creamy or clear discharge around ovulation indicating fertility, so don’t worry about that. Just as gut dysbiosis can be treated with antibacterial or antifungal plant medicines, and probiotics, so can vaginal dysbiosis be supported with probiotics both oral and suppository as well as use of plant medicine antibacterial oral and vaginal suppositories to balance the vaginal microbiome.
Please contact us for guidance on treating vaginal dysbiosis naturally.