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Trouble Down Under: Gut Health Linked To Vaginal Health

Trouble Down Under: Gut Health Linked To Vaginal Health

It’s interesting to understand just how much of an impact gut health has on overall health and, for women, vaginal health can be impacted by gut health! Here’s how…

The microscopic cosmos of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses all live within us naturally and is better known as the ‘micro biome’. The micro biome is made up of 100 trillion microorganisms that work to balance our health.

The micro biome exerts significant influence on our metabolism, our weight, our digestion, our immune function, our hormones, our DNA expression, our mood and behaviour, and so much more.

For women, vaginal health can be impacted by gut health, and a healthy micro biome can help to maintain good levels of healthy bacteria within the vagina. The good bacteria helps keep the vagina healthy by inhibiting the growth of yeast and other unwanted organisms.

A healthy vagina is dominated by Lactobacilli, a type of ‘good’ bacteria that supports vaginal health. Many women are susceptible to vaginal flora imbalances, and from time to time this may cause irritation and discomfort.

Probiotic strains specific to vaginal health can help replenish good bacteria levels and may prevent vaginal flora imbalances.
Probiotic strains specific to vaginal health can help replenish good bacteria levels and may prevent vaginal flora imbalances.

Disruptions in the vaginal microbiota can result in excess bacteria and yeast build up- known as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). BV affects 20% of women of reproductive age. While the condition can be mostly mild and asymptomatic, it is associated with vaginal discharge, poor pregnancy outcomes, pelvic inflammatory disease, post-operative wound infections and endometriosis following elective abortions. BV flora also predisposes women to infection by HIV as well as other STDs. Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is the second most common cause of vaginitis after BV, affecting about 40% of women with vaginal complaints.

Fermented foods such as yoghurt and kimchi contain high levels of good bacteria which may help to promote good bacteria within the body. If you are considering taking probiotics to maintain vaginal health please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner.

For information on Blackmores Women’s Flora Balance, please visit Blackmores website.

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Written by Rebekah Russell

Rebekah Russell is a degree-qualified naturopath with over 10 years significant experience in the complementary therapies industry. Rebekah’s core interest is taking a wholistic approach in practice and she is committed to treating and improving the total health and wellbeing of all her clients. Rebekah has undertaken further training in a number of areas, including women’s and children’s health as well as having an interest in pre and post conception care. She is passionate about building the health of the next generation with the principles of natural medicine. Rebekah is an Advisory Naturopath at Blackmores, and also works in clinic on Sydney’s northern beaches as part of a team with integrative doctors and other allied health professionals.

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