Show Yourself Some Love: Get Regular Vaginal Screens

March is women’s history month, and as a practicing OBGYN for over 30 years, I’ve been honored to spend my career educating women on how their bodies really work. This past year in particular, women across the country and throughout the world have taken a more active role in ensuring their overall wellbeing. I write to affirm that health is an area that women should not overlook.

In this first post of my two-part series, I wish to highlight the importance of women’s health screenings to monitor your vaginal and cervical health. Continue reading “Show Yourself Some Love: Get Regular Vaginal Screens”

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What’s Mine is Yours… Including My Microbes

Guest blog post from Jennifer Tsang, the PhD microbiologist behind The Microbial Menagerie and a frequent contributor to the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
If you’re living with someone, you’re probably sharing the rent, switching off on chores, and binge watching some of your favorite shows together. But you’re also sharing something else without realizing it: microbes.

Our bodies are covered with a smorgasbord of bacteria. Despite the low moisture, high salinity, and constant turnover of our skin cells, at any given time you can find millions of microorganisms that inhabit each square centimeter of skin. We shed over one million biological particles every hour, dispersing them throughout our living spaces.

So, how do microbes from our skin affect those we live with? Are microbial communities from a certain body part more amenable to change than others? How do things like our gender and pet ownership affect our skin microbes?

Continue reading “What’s Mine is Yours… Including My Microbes”


Eating Disorders & The Microbiome

In recent years there’s been increasing recognition that eating disorders are physical diseases with a biological etiology. Once deemed to be driven by a preoccupation by body image, it’s now understood that they are complex illnesses with varied causes.

There is a growing body of literature that associates gut microbiota and eating disorders. Given that food intake plays a determining role in the gut microbial profile and eating disorders are characterized by an irregular diet, this makes a lot of sense. Continue reading “Eating Disorders & The Microbiome”

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Doctor Guest Blog: Interview with Dr. Amy Coleman

We are excited to welcome Dr. Amy Coleman to the uBiome Doctor’s Corner blog, where we are passionate about learning more about the microbiome and how it can improve the health of our patients.

Enjoy this interview with Dr. Coleman to learn more about her and her work, and perhaps get some inspiration for yours! Continue reading “Doctor Guest Blog: Interview with Dr. Amy Coleman”

I Tested Positive for HPV. Now what?

Smart Jane™ tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, mycoplasma genitalium, and 19 strains of HPV, and it provides you with information about vaginal risk factors. In this blog post, we wanted to discuss HPV in particular. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. If you or someone you know tests positive, you may wonder, now what? Continue reading “I Tested Positive for HPV. Now what?”

Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut

While there are plenty of things you may attribute your mood to – the weather, your job, life in general – have you thought about how your gut microbiome may be influencing your mood?

Researchers suggest that alongside plenty of other aspects of health, your microbiome has a profound effect on the way your mind works. Low levels of certain species of bacteria in your gut could be associated with depression or anxiety. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut”