Washington: The human vagina is a lively place, teeming with beneficial bacteria that put off spiteful microbes from invading.Now, new research has found that this ecosystem is even more mysterious than previously realized.Not only do women vary widely in what sorts of microbes call the vagina home, the study found, but the ecosystem of the vagina can also change rapidly — to no ill effect.That`s important, because while some vaginal infections are associated with changes in the vagina`s native flora, it`s now clear that not every change is a sign of disease.“I think people are going to be surprised at the extent of variation that we see in these species, and that practitioners and women alike are going to see why they don`t behave like their sisters or their daughters or the last patient that they saw,” said study researcher Larry Forney of the University of Idaho.Researchers have increasingly come to realize that without the help of the microbes that live on our skin, in our guts and even in our reproductive systems, humans would be in trouble.
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