Humans, like all animals, coexist in intimate, mutually-dependent relationships with microorganisms – generally referred to as microbiomes. There are a number of microbiomes that play key roles in human health. The most well-known, and well-researched, is the gastrointestinal microbiome. In this lecture series, however, we’re going to be exploring another vital, but generally underappreciated, ecosystem – the vaginal microbiome.
What we'll cover in Part 1 of the lecture series:
- The characteristics that define a healthy vaginal microbiota
- The 5 Community State Types into which almost all healthy vaginal microbiomes can be categorised
- Diagnostic techniques that can help us define the health of this ecosystem
- The importance of this microbiome to a woman’s health
- Two of the most common vaginal dysbiotic patterns - bacterial vaginosis and Group B Streptococcus – and their potential health implications.
- Natural medicines that can be used to nurture the vaginal microbiome, restore it to a healthy state after disruption, and treat vaginal dysbiosis, bacterial vaginosis and Group B Streptococcus.
Lecture length ~100 mins.
Dr Hawrelak is a probiotic researcher, educator, and clinician with nearly 20 years' experience treating mainly gastrointestinal conditions and more than 18 years teaching students and practitioners how to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions, as well as how to promote optimal gut health. Click here for a full bio.