Fascinating report on vaginosis, a condition that can occur in women when the microbial ecosystem in the vagina becomes imbalanced.
Vaginosis increases the risk of contracting secondary infections, from herpes to HIV. But even on its own, the microbial shift may prompt low-grade inflammation that can derail reproduction. It can prevent fertilization in would-be mothers, prompt spontaneous abortion in pregnant women, and increase the risk of preterm birth later in pregnancy.
Do yourself—or the women in your life—a favor and take 10 minutes to read this.