Maintaining hygiene is a good practice, even in case of intimate hygiene. Many times despite maintaining cleanliness, woman face severe infections. Now doctors are trying to find new ways which would assist women in maintaining intimate health. Reportedly, scientists at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, have taken a footstep to realize trials of VMT (Vaginal Microbiota Transplantation). Scientists anticipate that implanting vaginal fluids from healthy donors will offer the primary remedial treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is the most common vaginal infection among women belonging to the age group 15-44.
BV, an infection with a fishy smell, also raises the risk of developing sexually transmitted infection (STI). Well, the condition is not very serious; it is just a bacterial infection. Still, one cannot leave it untreated due to its symptoms like itching, abnormal discharge, and smell. There are several medicines which can treat bacterial vaginosis. But after achieving success in fecal transplantations, scientists trust a dose of healthy vaginal microbes will offer protection against BV. Dr. Ethel Weld, study’s co-author, says there are very few treatment options available for BV. As per Weld, none of the available treatments offer a permanent solution.
Thus Weld and team have screened a small number of candidates. Besides, they have published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. The clinical trial included 20 women. The analysis included a medical question bank regarding blood, vaginal swab, urine, and fluid screening. Even more, scientists have studied other aspects like exposure to STI, including other infections. The collected samples enabled the team to compare the structure of vaginal bacterial group with structure. Scientists say specimens having the dominance of Lactobacillus crispatus, a bacterium, tended to have greater protective lactic acid content. It also had a minor pH which might offer benefits.
The team added in future while collecting samples they will recommend donors to avoid sex for at least a month before donation. Even more, they will check the samples for any infections, like HIV. All those things are precautionary steps which will prevent further health damage along with spreading of harmful diseases to any receiver. Dr. Laura Ensign, co-scientist of the trial, said donors could collect the sample by their own. She added they would have to insert a flexible disc into the vagina for collecting a sample. The collector, made up of plastic, is like a contraceptive diaphragm or a menstrual cup. Dr. Laura noted it is a short process, and one specimen will offer the ability to implant one dose. For now, they are waiting for a financial backup to start the experiment with another 40 recipients.