Science powered by women
There’s been an explosion in our understanding of different microbiomes but the vaginal microbiome has taken a back seat. Women’s health has taken a back seat.
At Juno Bio, we’re changing that. We’re taking matters into our own hands and pushing women’s health and fertility to the top of the agenda. We’re committed to unravelling the vaginal microbiome and shifting the focus of world-class scientists to finding solutions for women. And we’re doing it with you.
What even are microbiomes?
Microbiomes are the community of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on us. Since the completion of the first part of the Human Microbiome Project in 2015, there’s been an explosion in our understanding of the importance of these communities for our health and wellbeing. These microbiomes can be found in our mouths, our guts and even in our vaginal tracts.
Why am I only just hearing about the vaginal microbiome?
Good question. The vaginal microbiome and its impact on women’s health and fertility is only just being unravelled. Research in the space has lagged behind the gut microbiome but very recent work is showing its importance in things like infections, fertility and preterm birth.
How do I know what’s in my vaginal microbiome?
We tell you! From a simple vaginal swab that you take - think cotton bud, we can tell you exactly what your vaginal microbiome contains. We process the vaginal swab in our labs by extracting all the microbial DNA - that’s just the genetic makeup of the bacteria, not you - and figure out exactly which microbes they belong to, what they’re known to do and what that means for you. The hard bit is what we’re good at - using bioinformatics and machine learning to give you the deepest insights you can get about just what’s down there. We then send you a report with simple explanations so that you know exactly where you stand.
But why should I care about my vaginal microbiome?
There’s a crazy amount of research that’s now showing just how important our vaginal microbiomes are and just how personalised our approaches to managing them should be. Different vaginal microbiome profiles have been shown to be associated with increased rates of bacterial vaginosis, infertility, preterm birth and increased risk of STD susceptibility.
I have recurrent bacterial vaginosis, is this to do with my vaginal microbiome?
Yes. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition in which the vaginal microbiome is imbalanced. An imbalanced vaginal microbiome often contains ‘bad bacteria’ that causes a biofilm to form. Often times, antibiotics alone are not enough to disrupt this biofilm and help you get rid of bacterial vaginosis. Understanding what’s in your vaginal microbiome can help you and your doctor work towards the best solution for you.
Is my vaginal microbiome important to my fertility?
Probably. Until very recently, clinicians thought that the uterus was sterile but it turns out - not so much, there’s microbes there too! The microbiome of the upper reproductive tract is implicated in infertility. Even the vaginal microbiome has been shown to be correlated with decreased success rates for IVF patients. Research indicates a 35% difference in IVF success rates between women that have a balanced vaginal microbiome and women that have an imbalanced vaginal microbiome.