The Vaginal Microbiome
The vaginal tract is host to over 200 species of microorganisms. It is a dynamic and complex ecosystem comprising fluctuating populations that modulate host immune responses and maintain homeostasis.
Disruption of microbiota composition and functions, termed dysbiosis, has been linked to a multitude of disorders, including: bacterial vaginosis (BV), premature delivery in pregnant women, infertility, miscarriages and increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Analysis and monitoring of the vaginal microbiota is therefore extremely important for health and can be used to inform treatment plans and lifestyle factors.