Vaginal fluid transplants could protect women against STIs

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Doctors in the US have started screening potential donors for a new vaginal fluid transplants program, which they could help to protect women against bacterial infection.

Researchers from John Hopkins University said they could benefit from a dose of healthy vaginal microbes, BBC reports.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is not sexually transmitted disease and is not usually serious. In fact, it is quite common and women may notice unusual discharge, which has a fishy smell. However, it is important that it is treated as it is more vulnerable to catching STIs, as well as getting urinary tract infections. It also enhances a woman's risk of having her baby early.

The infection can be treated with antibiotics, however it often comes back. What happens to the delicate ecosystem is what happens to you.

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Microbiome, which is known in the vagina, which act in a similar way. Doctors believe that several things can alter the microbiome by raising the vaginal pH, making BV more likely, including having sex, using douas or vaginal washes, as well as hormonal changes at certain times

Researchers are now determining what to fit, safe donation looks like in preparation for women with BV, pending approval from the regulatory body for drug administration in the US.

So 20 women, to find out what makes an "ideal donor". Donors would be asked to abstain from sex for at least 30 days before giving a sample and would be screened for any infections before hand, including HIV.

Donations are being made via "self collection", which involves women inserting and then removing a flexible plastic disc, similar to a menstrual cup or diaphragm, to collect the sample.

If funding is approved, plan to start right away, starting with transplants to 40 women to begin with, some of which, would be placebo. Recipients would also be given antibiotics.

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