Maintaining good vaginal health is crucial for preventing dysbiosis and promoting overall well-being. Here are some lifestyle habits that can contribute to a healthy vaginal microbiome:
Practice Safe Sex: Using condoms can help reduce the risk of introducing harmful bacteria into the vagina during sexual activity.
Avoid Douching: Douching disrupts the natural balance of the vaginal microbiome. It's best to let the vagina clean itself.
Use Mild Cleansers: When washing the genital area, opt for gentle, unscented soaps or simply warm water. Avoid harsh or fragranced products.
Probiotics: Some women find relief from vaginal issues by taking probiotic supplements or eating yogurt with live cultures. Probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help maintain healthy vaginal moisture levels.
Manage Stress: High stress levels can affect hormonal balance, which may, in turn, influence the vaginal microbiome. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation.
Current Studies to advance knowledge:
Researchers continue to explore the intricacies of the vaginal microbiome, paving the way for potential interventions and therapies that could improve women's reproductive health and overall well-being. In one of our recent women’s health studies, Atlantia is looking at the effect of a Vaginal Microbiome Transplant on vaginal dysbiosis in healthy women. If you want to know more, you can click here.