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The Fertility Podcast – Understanding the Vaginal Microbiome

By April 5, 2021August 4th, 2021No Comments

Nua Fertility’s Deborah Brock recently joined Natalie Silverman on The Fertility Podcast to discuss the importance of the vaginal microbiome.

Podcast Highlights written by The Fertility Podcast: 

Have you heard of the microbiome? No, well you’re not alone…..

We have microbiome’s everywhere – skin, gut, vagina – you name it. The gut microbiome may not be the first thing you think about when you consider fertility but it’s HUGE. The size of two tennis courts of microbes in your body! This good bacterium supports the correct absorption of nutrients and vitamins which are so important for fertility. It also protects our immune system and offers protection against bad bacteria. Effectively it is your first line of defence.

Deborah tells us that the vagina microbiome is equally important, as the more good bacteria you have may help to improve embryo implantation and successful outcomes. There is an increase in the amount of research into the microbiome, and it’s hoped, this might just be the missing piece for many women.

The Fertility Podcast are always on a quest to hear about the evidence and research. In Deborah’s own fertility journey, she immersed herself in as much research as she possibly could and was blown away when she came across the microbiome.

Deborah did conceive and is now preparing to get herself in the best possible place ready for her next treatment.

Deborah is working with ABC Microbiome in Ireland, they’re a research centre and are looking at how the microbiome influences our health and wellbeing. Nua Fertility is keen to be at the forefront of research and development and make a difference within the fertility field.

Nua Fertility’s first product NuaBiome Women is a blend of vitamins, minerals and live bacteria to help the overall balance of the gut bacteria, support the immune system, reduce inflammation and support the vaginal microbiome. Deborah says, that despite taking supplements, it’s still vital to eat well by eating the rainbow (lots of different colour fruit and veg) and to eat more fibre to support your gut microbiome.

NuaBiome Men hopes to be launched at the end of June – so keep an eye out for it. Deborah’s husband struggled with male factor infertility and they feel it is vital to also include a male supplement in their range.

Deborah shares with Natalie a case study from a fertility clinic doctor in Ireland who recommends Nua Fertility and has found that it reduced bloating in one of her patients.

Deborah discusses the research in the vaginal microbiome is starting to show that women who don’t have an abundance of good bacteria are more likely to have problems conceiving. Research is also looking into implantation failure. A note from us: It’s important to note that more research is required to fully understand the role of the microbiome when it comes to fertility and the benefits of supplementation.

 Finally, Deborah explains that as well as Nua Fertility being the first of its kind, their ethos is driven by their own experience and also by research and development. They’re driven by wanting to ensure their product is the best for women. Lots of exciting things to come including a clinical trial! Watch this space……

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