How vagina-friendly is your underwear?


About the research

Did you know that as many as 3 in 4 women suffer from a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives? Does the type of underwear they wear play a role in this? For instance, do certain underwear fabrics cause more or just less fungal infections? That is what Leonore Vander Donck (UAntwerpen) is investigating in her PhD. 

Leonore Vander Donck

As a bioscience engineer, Leonore’s main interest is in microbiology and she has a passion for female health. In her PhD at the University of Antwerp, which is part of the large-scale citizen-science project Isala, she studies the influence of intimate hygiene products on the vaginal microbiome combining synthetic ecology and clinical trials. She hopes that her research will contribute to a better understanding of vaginal health and in resolving vaginal health issues, while helping to break the taboo surrounding the topic.

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