Your vaginal health is really important in a whole range of health outcomes including: recurrent UTIs, BV, STDs, vaginal dryness, and more, however today we will focus on the role of vaginal health in your fertility and chances of success.
Note: when discussing the vaginal microbiome, we will often reference the relative amounts of bacteria present. This means the percentage of the specific bacteria which make up the vaginal microbiome. In general terms, we want a 95% or higher percentage of the vaginal microbiome to be comprised of ‘good’ bacteria in order to indicate a balanced environment.
We use relative amount rather than simple presence of specific bacteria, as this is what research uses in its studies and tests. This is also what the ScreenMe Vaginal Health swab tests look for (rather than other methods such as PCR and swabs – which indicate only the presence of specific selected bacteria).
The 4 main ways in which your vaginal health can limit your fertility are:
THE SCIENCE & WHAT YOU CAN DO:
The vaginal microbiome is a fascinating field and more and more research is being released detailing it’s importance for so many parts of women’s health.
In regards to good vaginal health and fertility, the basic understanding is that the presence of ‘good’ bacteria generates a balanced vaginal microbiome. These bacteria work to maintain your vaginal pH, prevent inflammation, and protect against other ‘harmful’ bacteria or pathogens.
However, if you do not have sufficient relative amounts of these bacteria present [so, the % of your vaginal microbiome which is made up of ‘good’ bacteria], then your vaginal health is at risk from unwanted microorganisms, which can limit your fertility! We want to have a ‘good’ bacteria percentage of at least 95% of the composition of the vaginal microbiome. This indicates a healthy microbiome, which will improve your fertility, limit your risk of infections, disease, uncomfortable symptoms, and much more.
This is why ScreenMe’s Vaginal Health swab test is the most comprehensive available. By screening 100% of the bacteria present in your vaginal microbiome, we are able to tell you the % of ‘good’ bacteria present.
But your vaginal health is something you can change. Combining your results with a free 1:1 consultation with an intimate health practitioner, ScreenMe tells you how you can improve your vaginal microbiome, rebalance, and ultimately achieve your intimate health goals – whether they be fertility success, infection prevention, IVF success, or more!
Essentially, the vaginal microbiome is like the doorway to your house. A less protective, imbalanced microbiome leaves you open to intruders causing infections or inflammation in reproductive organs. Meanwhile, a well-protected environment keeps them out.
ScreenMe is here to explain, support and guide you to your individual health goals.
ScreenMe is an organisation aimed at optimising and improving intimate health at every stage of their lives, through natural solutions. Our at-home tests allow you to take samples from the privacy of your home and screen 100% of bacteria & yeast present; while in your free consultation you are able to discuss your results, goals and more with our experts. ScreenMe’s team creates bespoke plans for you, including nutritional and lifestyle advice, scientific, holistic care, and extensive support – empowering you to be the best version of yourself.