As I was going for my Sunday run and listening to Quirks and Quarks, the national weekly science news program (excellent running companion), I came across this:
About minute 44 onward it suddenly got VERY interesting! If you've got time, I encourage you to download it! :)
This sentence almost stopped me in my tracks:
“We know that a healthy balance is critical to preventing vaginal infections, protecting against sexually transmitted infections and preventing pregnancy loss and preterm birth.”
Well! Neat! Not that I've ever been pregnant, so nothing to lose, but it is so INTERESTING! This field of study is just beginning - who knows what else they'll show is related to a healthy balance of microorganisms in the vajajay? Like, say... certain types of IF?! It does make sense.
And more importantly - once lost, how does one return it into balance? I tooled around the Internet a bit, but it seems this research is in it's infancy. What is a 'normal' balance they're still figuring out. I saw one study that found five different 'normal' types. Complicated.