The Vaginal Microbiome
The vaginal microbiome (VMB) is a dynamic ecosystem whose primary function is to keep the vagina acidic. Unlike the gut microbiome, the vagina thrives on low microbial diversity and Lactobacilli dominance. Lactobacilli, as the name implies, are a genus of bacteria who produce lactic acid which keeps unwanted microbes at bay. Disruptions in the vaginal microbiome are common and can lead to an increase of unwanted microbes.