Letter to the Editor
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World J Clin Cases. Mar 26, 2023; 11(9): 2119-2122
Published online Mar 26, 2023. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v11.i9.2119
Vaginal microbes confounders and implications on women's health
Wassan Nori, Ban H-Hameed
Wassan Nori, Ban H-Hameed, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad 10052, Al Saydyah, Iraq
Author contributions: Nori W designed the research and reviewed data, wrote and revised the letter; H-Hameed B reviewed the scientific content; both authors have read and agreed on the final version of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors report no relevant conflicts of interest for this article.
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Corresponding author: Wassan Nori, PhD, Academic Editor, Academic Research, Senior Researcher, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mustansiriyah University, Al Amin, Street No. 38, Baghdad 10052, Al Saydyah, Iraq. dr.wassan76@uomustansiriyah.edu.iq
Received: December 20, 2022
Peer-review started: December 20, 2022
First decision: January 30, 2023
Revised: January 30, 2023
Accepted: March 1, 2023
Article in press: March 1, 2023
Published online: March 26, 2023
Core Tip

Core Tip: The vaginal ecosystem has a key role in women's health. Vaginal microbes (Vm) affect the obstetrical performance of pregnant women and, in turn, can be affected by age, gestational age, race, and time of sampling. For infertile women, Vm composition can affect fertilization odds, the success of assisted reproduction technique, and even may predict the chances of live birth. The therapeutic aspect of Vm was introduced to enhance vaginal protection against infection, alleviate menopausal symptoms, and, finally, in genital malignancies. Vm was used as a signature marker in predicting and preventing ovarian and cervical malignancies, respectively.