The Wonderful World of The Vaginal Microbiome

What Does It Mean?

What Is The Vaginal Microbiome?

You may have heard the term "vaginal microbiome" before, but what does it actually mean? Well, it's basically the community of microorganisms that live in the vagina. Yes, you read that right – there are tiny, playful critters living down there!

Don't worry, these microbes are actually really important for your health. They work hard to keep your vagina healthy and happy by maintaining a delicate balance of good bacteria.  So think of them like the tiny superheroes of your lady bits.

illustration of female intimate area

Bacteria can travel around from the bowel and into the vagina and bladder. When the good bacteria are reduced, it may lead to all sorts of problems like infections and irritation e.g. fungal or urinary tract issues are common. By understanding and taking care of your vaginal microbiota, you can keep things in check and avoid any unwanted surprises.

Your vaginal microbiome can change over time due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Hormonal changes: Your hormone levels can affect the balance of bacteria in your vagina. For example, during your menstrual cycle, menopause,
    post-partum etc. Lower hormone levels mean less food for your good bugs,
    which means they are less active and hence the pH of your vagina changes, which can create an environment that's more conducive to the growth of certain types of bacteria.
  • Sexual activity: Having sex can introduce new bacteria into your vagina, which can change the balance of your microbiota.
  • Antibiotics: Taking antibiotics can kill off both good and bad bacteria in your body, which can disrupt the balance not only of your gut but also of your vaginal microbiome.
  • Lifestyle factors: Things like stress, diet, hygiene routines and exercise can all impact the health of your microbiome.
The Solution

How To Look After Your Microbiome

Don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom here are some tips to help you keep your vaginal microbiome happi:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet full of fresh fruits and veggies
  • Avoid using harsh soaps and chemicals in the genital area
  • Wear breathable, cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes

More ways to look after your microbiome

🍆Practice Safe Sex

Practice safe sex by using condoms and getting regular STD testing. Also pee after sex to flush any unwanted bacteria out

💦 Stay Hydrated

Stay hydrated and get enough sleep – your whole body (including your microbiota) will thank you!

🦠Use P.Happi

Use a daily protective serum on your intimate area such as P.Happi® to form a protective barrier against unwanted bacteria!

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Remember, your microbiome is your friend, not your enemy. So take care of it, and it will take care of you!

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