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MyMicrobiome Standard 41.10 – Vaginal microbiome

Even though the microbial diversity of the vaginal microbiome is very low compared to other body regions, it is a unique ecosystem. Its function is to maintain the pH in the right range and to ward off pathogens.

The vaginal flora is very sensitive. It is important to protect this area as best as possible to be spared from imbalance.

The products to be tested include tampons, menstrual cups and sponges, panties, panty liners, pads, and period underwear.

MyMicrobiome Standard 41.10

MyMicrobiome Standard 41.10 tests on three key bacteria for the vaginal area:

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Lactobacillus crispatus

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Lactobacillus gasseri

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Lactobacillus jensenii

The test procedure for Standard 41.10 - vaginal microbiome

The textile product undergoes four test phases as part of the "Microbiome-friendly" certification.
1. Quality test

The quality test ensures that the textile products are sterile, and our microbiological tests can be carried out with the skin microorganisms. Therefore, textiles are first washed according to the manufacturers' instructions beforehand. A screening examines the occurrence of mesophilic and aerobic microorganisms. For decontamination, the products are UV-irradiated or autoclaved. Hygiene products are sterilized through UV light exposure.

2. Balance test

Here, co-cultures are created with the two most common vaginal microbes, L. crispatus and the pathogenic bacteria G. vaginalis and are brought into contact with the vaginal textile product to be tested. After a certain period of time, the ratio of the two microbes is compared to an untreated control group. The product must not affect the natural balance of the microbiome dominated by lactobacilli.

3. Diversity test

Microbes typical for the face and body are cultivated for the different skin areas. A co-culture of specific microbes for one skin area is added to the textile to be tested and the change in diversity is compared with the untreated control group. The diversity of the skin microbiome must be maintained with respect to the most important key microbes.

4. Vitality test

A Microbiome-friendly vaginal textile product must preserve microbial diversity and not inhibit the growth of microbes. The vitality test is carried out on a skin contact model, i.e. the key microbes are brought into direct contact with the product and. The growth of the microbes is compared to the untreated control group. The textile being tested must not significantly influence microbial growth.

Dr. Kristin Neumann MyMicrobiome


"A large number of chemicals are used in the manufacture of textiles. These pollute the environment and have a potentially negative impact on our skin microbiome. With our certification, consumers get transparency and the opportunity to choose for their health."

Dr. Kristin Neumann, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

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