The Vaginal Microbiome


It is wonderful to see so many people now talking about the vaginal microbiome. Something that I test with most clients, the vaginal microbiome plays a fundamental role in fertility

The vagina was once thought of as a sterile environment, well it absolutely is not. A whole host of lactobacillus bacteria live in the vagina, helping to reduce inflammation, promote implantation and protect from potential invaders.

Lactobacillus produce lactic acid which can ward off pathogens and bacteria including those which can promote candida, UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, STIs, infertility, implantation failure and miscarriage.

Our vaginal microbiome can be thrown out of balance by many factors including:

Antibiotic use

Sex toys (however, most people that I work with are well past bothering with these if been ttc for a while or going through IVF)!

Oestrogen imbalance

Inflammation

Once these bacteria are out of line it is important to get them back. Research conducted by Tommy’s found that women with low lactobacillus and inflammatory markers in the vagina had an increased risk of miscarriage.



If you suspect that your gut needs support then get in touch for a complimentary discovery call today. We can explore how nutrition can support you with your fertility journey.