Vaginal flora


Balanced vaginal flora is the body’s principal natural defence mechanism against urogenital infections.

 

Like every organ, the vagina has its own intimate flora, made up of a host of bacteria including a type known as lactobacilli, the vagina’s “control tower” of defence. These protective bacteria have a defensive role against microbes, whether external (sexually transmitted infections, infections caused by the intestinal flora, etc.) or those found in the vaginal cavity that develop abnormally (mycoses, vaginosis, etc.). These infections can cause uncomfortable symptoms (itching, irritation, burning sensations, an unpleasant “fishy” odour, unusual and abundant discharge, pain during sexual intercourse, etc.).

 

Certain situations promote an imbalance in the vaginal flora (an absence of vaginal lactobacilli and an increase in pathogens): 

  • Antibiotics
  • Smoking
  • Excessive or unsuitable personal hygiene
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, changes in contraceptives, etc.)
  • Synthetic or excessively tight clothing, underwear washed with fabric conditioner
  • Sex life (a change of partner, homosexuality)
  • Stress

 

In particular during the period, the pH of the vagina rises, which unbalances the vaginal flora. When the natural balance of the vaginal microbiota is disrupted, the risk of developing urogenital infections increases. An increase in lactobacilli, mainly through probiotics, is therefore especially recommended to rebalance the flora during this key time.

Probiotics for the intimate flora: an ideal response! A simple and natural way to reduce problems in the intimate area.

Vaginal flora 

Probiotics are bacteria that are found in their natural state in the human body (stomach, intestines, mouth, vagina, etc.).

They strengthen the body’s natural defences against infections by protecting the physiological bacterial ecosystem. Probiotics have been used for around a decade now for their beneficial effects on our health.


Jean-Marc BOHBOT

Infectologist/Medical Director, Fournier Institute

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