The female vagina harbours its own complex microbial community including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Temporal variations in microbial composition are mainly related to the menstrual cycle and sexual activity, but also drugs and lifestyle can affect the microbial composition.
A healthy female vaginal microbiome is crucial for health, as a dysbiotic community have shown to increase the risk of several different diseases including sexually transmitted infections, fungal infections and preterm birth.
Although overall diversity of the vaginal microbiome is seen as rather low, the range of Lactobacillus species and strain variants require a high technical resolution for profiling. We offer Illumina-based 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing and shotgun metagenomics of vaginal microbiome samples. 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing will give you insights to the taxonomical composition of the microbiome (genus/species resolution), where shotgun metagenomics powered by our MGS bioinformatics platform provides detailed characterization with the highest taxonomical (species/strain) and functional resolution (genes) possible.