About the Project

Your Private Biome is an open­source citizen scientist research project that is designed to help researchers get a better understanding of how all the bacteria in women’s vagina–the vaginal microbiome–affects their health. We hope this study will lead to better diagnostic tests and personalized care for women’s and men’s health.

You can help us to achieve this goal. The project is currently pending ethical approval. Once approved, you will be able participate by making a donation to the study. With each donation to this project, you could select a perk and become a citizen scientist. Each perk will include a kit to sample yourself and private surveys to tell us more about your health. This will help us to understand what makes women different and better define women's health and diseases. In return, you will receive a report of what your microbiome looks like and how it compares to other participants in the study. Citizen scientists support the project by making a financial donation. While they can withdraw at any time from the study by contacting the research team, the donation will not be refunded. Their samples and associated data will be destroyed and will not be used in the study.

How it Will Work

It’s simple to join!

Step One

Select your perk and send in your donation to Your Private Biome. You will receive the sampling kit associated with your selected perk. The perk can be used by yourself or gifted to someone else. The donation is not refundable.

Step Two

You can use the sampling kit unique ID to sign up and enroll in the study by following the instructions included in the kit and by login into the study secured website. You will need to fill out the following:

  • The online consent form
  • The online questionnaire

Once the consent form and questionnaire are completed, you can sample yourself following the detailed instructions provided with the kit and sign the paper copy of the consent form.

Step Three

Use the included mailing pre-paid envelope to ship the sample(s) and the consent form back to the study site. You will receive an email when your sample(s) have been processed and the results are ready for viewing.

Our Sponsors




The Snapshot where you collect one sample at one point in time. $79 donation or $69 with your partner

The Documentary where you collect five samples over the course of four weeks. $159

The Soap Opera where you and your partner, family member each collect a sample at the same time, for a total of five samples per participant over the course of four weeks. $149 per participant

The Experiment where you can choose to collect two samples before and three samples after a lifestyle change of your choice over the course of four weeks. $149

The Reality Show one sample and one metagenome.___ $500

The 3D Special five samples, five metagenomes. $2000

Lastly, there is the I am Just Nice, where you can also make a donation without claiming a perk.