4 Ways Your Vaginal Health Impacts Your Fertility

Vaginal Health - The Fertility Shop

Written by ELAINE OTROFANOWEI

Elaine Otrofanowei is a Fertility and Women's Health Acupuncturist with a strong and personal interest in peri/menopause. Through ecotherapies.co; she provides Acupuncture and Functional Medicine to patients to help them restore their health and wellbeing and specialise in the treatment of both male and female infertility and other women’s health issues.

January 18, 2024

1.Miscarriage Risk

1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage

Women with an imbalanced vaginal microbiome are more likely to experience recurrent miscarriage
and pre-term birth. The presence of goo bacteria protects against miscarriage caused by genital infections and
inflammation.

2. Unexplained Infertility

1 in 5 infertility causes are unknown

Research has shown that females who have infertility concerns are associated with having pathogenic bacteria and an imbalance in their vaginal microbiome

3. IVF Success

IVF success rates are 25% to 30% on your first round

Women with an unfavourable vaginal microbiome profile (reduced amounts of good bacteria) are less likely to become pregnant via IVF or other ART procedures.

4. Preterm Birth

1 in 13 babies born in the UK are born prematurely

Lower levels of good bacteria in the vaginal microbiome are linked to increased risk of preterm
birth.

What is a balanced or favourable vaginal microbiome?

High relative amounts Lactobacillus species (good) bacteria and a low diversity of other opportunistic or pathogenic bacteria

How do you know if your vaginal microbiome is unfavourable to your fertility?
Test, using at-home vaginal microbiome test Screenme.

Screenme Vaginal Microbiome Health Swab Test

The most comprehensive vaginal health test, screening 100% of bacteria and yeast in your
vagina.

This picture of your vaginal health allows you to address issues including recurrent thrush,
UTIs, BV, STD infection, vaginal symptoms including itchiness, dryness and pain during sex,
as well as HPV infection and cervical cancer.

The vaginal microbiome is a vital insight into women’s health, fertility, wellness, and
preventative healthcare.

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