Nutrition Evidence Alert – February 2023 – The Vaginal Microbiome

The Vaginal Microbiome – Your Monthly Alert

Editor’s Pick

The vaginal microbiome and the risk of preterm birth: a systematic review and network meta-analysis in Scientific Reports. 2022

This month, we focus on the science of the vaginal microbiome. The above systematic review in Scientific Reports explores links between the vaginal microbiome and preterm birth. Keep scrolling to find podcast conversations, blog posts, NED Talks and a long list of peer-reviewed journal articles, all available to you on the Nutrition Evidence Database. Enjoy!

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In Conversation with our Experts.

Check out the NED Talks Playlist here, where we speak to members of our expert review panel on the clinical applications of a piece of research

Blog post of the month

From Optibac Probiotics on the vaginal microbiome and the role of Lactobacillus

All about Your Vaginal Flora – Optibac

Our choice of podcast

Grace Kingswell in converstaion with Debbie Cotton from Invivo

The Vaginal Microbiome – State of Mind

Your Reference Library

For practitioners, researchers, policy makers and students with particular interest in this area, here’s our long list

Influence of timing of maternal antibiotic administration during caesarean section on infant microbial colonisation: a randomised controlled trial in Gut. 2022

Effects of oral probiotic supplements on vaginal microbiota during pregnancy: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with microbiome analysis in BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2020

A randomized controlled trial of the effects of whole grains versus refined grains diets on the microbiome in pregnancy in Scientific Reports. 2022

Probiotic treatment with specific lactobacilli does not improve an unfavorable vaginal microbiota prior to fertility treatment-A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial in Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2022

Oral administration of Lactobacillus crispatus M247 to papillomavirus-infected women: results of a preliminary, uncontrolled, open trial in Minerva Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2021

Effects of Hemp Sanitary Pads on the Vaginal Microecology in Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine. 2022

Association between postmenopausal vulvovaginal discomfort, vaginal microbiota, and mucosal inflammation in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2021

A Deep Look at the Vaginal Environment During Pregnancy and Puerperium in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 2022

Adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes associated with Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and Ureaplasma parvum: a systematic review and meta-analysis in BMJ Open. 2022

Naturalization of the microbiota developmental trajectory of Cesarean-born neonates after vaginal seeding in Med (New York, N.Y.). 2021

The Effect of Exogenous Sex Steroids on the Vaginal Microbiota: A Systematic Review in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 2021

Interaction of cervical microbiome with epigenome of epithelial cells: Significance of inflammation to primary healthcare in Biomolecular Concepts. 2022

Disturbances of Vaginal Microbiome Composition in Human Papillomavirus Infection and Cervical Carcinogenesis: A Qualitative Systematic Review in Frontiers in Oncology. 2022

The Human Vulvar Microbiome: A Systematic Review in Microorganisms. 2021

Towards a deeper understanding of the vaginal microbiota in Nature Microbiology. 2022


Download our NED InfoBites for a snapshot of the latest science

Our scientific NED InfoBites are especially designed to provide you with our pick of the latest research in a handy one-page pdf, ideal for sharing with colleagues and clients within a clinical setting.

Download the Vaginal Microbiome  NED InfoBite here.

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Our Fact Sheets provide a simple overview of many common diseases and symptoms.

Our Fact Sheets provide an overview of many common health conditions and symptoms that can be supported with personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Download our latest fact sheet on the Vaginal Microbiome to see just how important a role it plays in female health.

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Discover the BANT Food for your Health Toolbox

Back in February 2021, BANT launched its Food for your Health campaign to highlight the role of nutrition in supporting many common condition as well as address the rise in diet-induced illness and  encourage people to look at their diet with new eyes, and adopt a food-first approach as prevention for chronic disease. The aim for the campaign is twofold, to distill nutritional science into practical client-friendly resources which educate on the importance of good nutrition, healthy food choices, and supportive lifestyle habits such as regular physical activity, sleep and stress management and secondly, to give individuals greater autonomy over their health outcomes.

Discover a range of food & lifestyle guides, informative infographics, fact sheets and recipes here.


The resources provide a great entry into nutrition however, for more personalised recommendations, find a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner here.

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