We need a cure for bacterial vaginosis, one of the great enigmas in women’s health

Lenka Vodstrcil, Monash University and Catriona Bradshaw, University of Melbourne This article is part of our series examining hidden women’s conditions. Few have heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV) although it’s a relatively common condition. It affects at least 12% of Australian women, 30% of American women and up to 50% in parts of Africa. Symptoms…

People with vaginas have needs – but making their baby-cannons smell of fruit is not one of them

In the midst of last week’s reports that an Uber executive suggested hiring researchers to invade the privacy of (and potentially blackmail) a female journalist, Silicon Valley was also fielding a secondary, seemingly sillier scandal: a startup called Sweet Peach Probiotics, which aimed, according to reports, to fix women’s gross vaginas by bioengineering them to…