The Isala project was launched on March 24, 2020. We were looking for 200 vaginas to write history, and found almost 6000! For the first time ever, we mapped the vaginal microbiome in Flanders on a large scale and found various lifestyle and environmental factors that influence the vaginal microbiome. The Isala train rode further and 250 women took vaginal, skin and saliva samples throughout 2 menstrual cycles.

In our new phase, we are looking for more than 1,000 women who want to help us investigate the influence of vitamins, menstrual products, the menstrual cycle, your loved ones and yeast infections on the vaginal microbiome. Below you will find more information about our ongoing studies. You can  participate if you  are over 18  years old, not pregnant and live in Belgium.


Did you know that you can positively influence your vaginal health by taking vitamines?


Did you know that menstrual hygiene products can affect your vaginal health?


Did you know that your vaginal discharge or cervical mucus changes throughout your menstrual cycle?


Did you know that your vaginal bacteria are transferred to people around you?


Did you know that vaginal yeast infections can affect your health?