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We discuss why H. pylori infections – and their medical treatments – can result in BV.
A look at cervical cancer.
A quick overview of Estrace vaginal cream for atrophic vaginitis.
This vaginal probiotic contains the strain Lactobacillus crispatus, which can be difficult to find in regular women’s probiotics.
BV trial now taking participants in San Francisco.
What is your gynaecologist really looking for when they look at your cervix?
A cockscomb cervix appears with large ridges or folds of fibrous tissue, and is considered benign.
We take a closer look at latex allergy.
Adnexal torsion is the twisting of the ovary causing sudden and severe pain.
Viral shedding is where a virus makes virus babies that are popped out of cells, setting out to find their own cells to replicate in, and pop out their own viral babies.
The link between HIV, BV and HSV-2 may not be as it seems.
EBV can be a cause of vulvar ulcers, particularly in younger girls.
Ureaplasma is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can affect the urogenital tract of women and men. We discuss its basic components in women.
Mycoplasma refers to a few species of bacteria that can reside in and infect the female genital tract, with several species resistant to antibiotics.
Learn about Gram staining and how it’s used to figure out what’s living in your vagina.
Learn how BV attacks the mucous plug that keeps your baby safe.
This bacteria can cause infections in women. Learn the scientific elements of this tiny bacterium.
Want to know more about how BV bacteria interact with each other? Read this. It’s really interesting!
Warning for anyone having protected sex in Chile!
There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing tears and an episiotomy during childbirth, but you can certainly up your chances of staying intact.
Itchy? Learn the causes of vulvar itching.
Vulvar itching and lesions are an uncommon element of lupus in some women.
Got itching and burning that just won’t go away? Learn about group B Strep – the bug doctors probably won’t test you for.
Vulvar eczema can be caused by a few things, just like regular eczema on other parts of your body.
Women with sexual dysfunction now have added options for having better sexual experiences and more intense orgasms.
Conservative approaches to naming body parts – including genitals – are having a negative impact on our kids.
We discuss vaginal steaming, why you’d do it, and if it works.
DNase disrupts biofilms created by G. vaginalis, but it is not available for us just yet.
Easy, cheap, at-home treatments for minor vaginal yeast infections.
Ever wondered if you should add essential oils into your fermented milk drinks? Here food science tells us what happens to the bacteria when you add antibacterial essential oils.
We look at the study results of biofilm formation in the mouth and how coconut can interrupt it.
Retrocyclin can interrupt new biofilm formation and G. vaginalis-mediated cell death, but it cannot interrupt established biofilms or kill bacteria.
Good sex (with an ostomy in your belly).
An AP resection is surgery to remove part of your colon and vagina, then refashion it.
A guide for parents on how to kindly and lovingly support a child going through the perfectly normal step of questioning their sexuality.
This procedure removes the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, the front wall of the vagina, and the urethra.
A radical hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, cervix, ligaments, and the top section of the vagina. It may or may not include one or both ovaries or fallopian tubes.
Chemotherapy in your pelvis can have a few unexpected or uncomfortable impacts on your sex life.
A short outline of the Nugent score and how it is determined.
What does it mean to be cissexist? We have made a basic list.
The Gardasil vaccine is used in boys and girls up to age 26 to protect against various HPV strains.
Sometimes the cause of our cuts and tears are not obvious, and require a bit of detective work with your health practitioners.
Learn how to heal your vaginal fissures.
How to treat a deep vaginal or vulvar tear.
How to treat a simple vaginal or vulvar tear.
A gut biofilm busting enzyme collection.
Pelvic relaxation syndromes cause tissue to move from one place, into another space that it is not supposed to occupy, due to lax ligaments, muscle, and tendons.
Interstitial cystitis is a painful bladder condition with no known cause and a variety of treatments available, but no total cure.
This product is for the support of your microbes using prebiotic ingredients.
We examine this women’s vaginal and urinary tract product in more detail.
We take a closer look at the nighttime formula for PMS by VH Essentials.
We discuss the product to see how it works.
We take a closer look at VH Essentials vaginal products – do they work? How?
A double uterus usually also means a double cervix and a double vagina – but not always. This anatomical abnormality usually doesn’t present too many problems, but care must be taken with pregnancies.
A uterine inversion is a dangerous – but correctable in most cases – birthing complication whereby the uterus pops out after being dragged by the still-attached placenta.
A unicornuate uterus is an anatomical abnormality that presents in several ways, and interferes with successful pregnancies.
A study takes a closer look at whether coriander and thyme essential oils work on biofilms.
The abortion drone lift-off to Northern Ireland is ready for flight.
Skenitis is the inflammation of the Skene’s glands.
Mobiluncus is a bacteria that can contribute to BV, and is antibiotic resistant.
Granuloma inguinale is an STI caused by a bacteria, and causes lumps that turn into sores in the genital area.
Unopposed oestrogen can be dangerous, leading to certain types of cancers.
A lawsuit was settled in 2014 against the pharmaceutical companies that developed and market the NuvaRing, Merck, Organon and Schering-Plough. The plaintiffs accuse the companies of failing to disclose dangerous side-effects and say the active drug in the NuvaRing,...
Behçet syndrome is a complex, mysterious disease that presents with ulcerations across the body – mouth, genitals, vascular system.
There are a few rarer causes of genital ulcers that can appear with flu-like symptoms, or by themselves, and appear to be related to viruses.
It can be hard to know what makes BV worse or better. We discuss using probiotics and special gels, and whether they could make BV worse.
Fem-Dophilus is used to introduce two patented strains of useful probiotic bacteria into the vagina.
Purfem is a probiotic vaginal suppository.
What is Multi-Gyn, and how does the active ingredient work?
A simplified version of the ISSVD vulvar dermatoses classifications.
Cinnamon oil has antimicrobial properties that interfere with biofilm formation of certain Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
See what your treatment might have in store for you vaginally.
A study examines several essential oils for their potency against biofilms.
These treatments are designed for minor irritations, like a post-antibiotic yeast infection. If you have a vaginal infection, please remember that some more serious conditions and infections mimic yeast infections and BV, and if you aren't sure or your problem isn't...
A collection of three home-made water kefir concoctions measured in a lab have an assortment of main bacterial colonies.
Confused about what to expect from your pelvic exam? We detail the doctor’s instructions.
There are a series of tests that may be conducted – find out what your test actually means and why it’s being done.
Getting an STI test is a good idea, especially if you (or your partner) likes sex with more than one person.
Some STIs are more common in lesbians and bisexual women than heterosexual women. We discuss why.
Pap tests are done periodically to check your cervix for abnormal changes that could lead to cervical cancer.
Pubic lice – crabs – are an infestation of the pubic hair with a small louse. They are reasonably easy to treat, but can be persistent.
Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.
Syphilis is an old-fashioned STD that has largely been eradicated due to antibiotics. However, you can still catch it.
Women & their Microbes was a huge success last year with over 90 participants from over nine countries. This time the theme is reproduction, with the one-day event covering hands-on workshops and lectures from leaders in the medical and scientific community.
We examine a review of how childhood experiences impact menarche and menopause.
Cystic fibrosis can seriously affect your sex life, vagina, and reproductive system. Find out what to do about it.
Reifenstein syndrome is an androgen insensitivity syndrome occurring in foetal development that results in improper sex organ development in boys.
Vaginal agenesis is the complete absence of a vaginal canal.
What to look at when periods don’t arrive on time.
Cervical stenosis is the narrowing – for whatever reason – of the cervix, which is the neck of tissue joining the vagina and uterus.
Swyer syndrome means you are a chromosomal male (46, XY), but – aside from ovaries – the rest of you is 100% woman.
MRKH syndrome is a congenital state whereby the uterus, top part of the vagina, and cervix do not exist or are small. Ovaries are normal.
Staph biofilms have been found on regular-use tampons and pads (after use).
MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant form of Staph that can infect the vagina. It can be life-threatening.
Shigella is a cause of vaginal infections and vulvovaginitis, particularly in children.
H. influenzae is a common cause of vulvovaginitis in children, but it may not be easily detected by a GP or standard cultures.
We briefly overview the vulva and vagina from a developmental perspective – what to expect.
An overview of DSD.
Those with 5-ARD are genetically male, but have ambiguous genitalia due to an enzymatic interruption in the womb.
A condition whereby babies born as genetic males have an androgen receptor problem that means they turn, more or less, into females, including gender identity and heterosexuality.