A new area of medical research is the study of the human microbiome. The human body normally has billions and billions of bacteria on all external surfaces including skin, inside the nose, and in the intestines. It is being found that variations in the microbiome, or the kind or mix of bacteria in some of these areas can vary with different disease states.

There is nothing specific to any urologic condition that has been well studied in this area. The study of the microbiome is relatively new and we don’t know what applications in the future will apply to urologic organs such as the prostate, kidneys or even to erectile dysfunction.

A website that is dedicated to this topic is listed here: http://hmpdacc.org/