Disrupted vaginal microbiomes can cause everything from recurrent infections to infertility.

Vaginal infections, including bacterial vaginosis (BV), vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), and trichomoniasis (TV), are among the most common reasons for which women seek medical investigation.

Complex ecosystems of microbes reside in the female reproductive tract. The vagina consists of trillions of microorganisms — mostly bacteria, plus some fungi and viruses. A disruption in this ecosystem, usually a deficiency of Lactobacillus and overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, may result in possible infection and unwanted symptoms.

The vagina is home to a complex ecosystem of organisms that may include bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts. Some of these organisms are important in keeping us healthy as they act to discourage other potential pathogens from thriving. Disruptions in balance of any of these can lead to infections and/or uncomfortable symptoms. Every vaginal microbiome is different and factors such as age, hormonal disruptions and even antibiotic/probiotic use can contribute to changes.

There is now a simple test you can do at home to gain more insight into this area of your health. Your symptoms may be due to more than just a Candida overgrowth.

If you experience any of the symptoms below then this test is recommended;

Clear or slightly cloudy vaginal discharge which will vary during a menstrual cycle, may be itchy or not

Noticeable discharge which can change in colour, heaviness or odour

Burn, itch, noticeable odour

Irritation at night, burning or itching during or after sex

Pain around or outside vagina

Burns when urinating

Sex may be uncomfortable

If you are experiencing symptoms, have persistent issues with burning, discharge etc and your current management is not working then it is certainly best to test rather than guess.