By Chloe Toscano, November 15, 2021

“This bacterium is responsible for producing antimicrobial compounds such as hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, and bacteria-killing compounds,” Gaither said. “These aid in maintaining a balanced vaginal pH as well as keeping pathogens at bay. Some of these pathogens may include bacterial vaginosis, Candida [yeast infection] and PID [pelvic inflammatory disease].”

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