- Women's Health
Vaginal Probiotics: Why Try Them?
Vaginal probiotics are becoming more popular among women who want to be proactive in preventing vaginal problems like vaginosis, yeast infection and urinary tract infections. They are also being turned to when conventional treatments produce less than favorable results. However, the idea of feeding the body -- whether by swallowing capsules or applying the probiotics directly to the affected area -- can still put some women off. Even as I write this, I can still recall the first time I saw a probiotic yogurt drink -- I was completely skeeved out by the idea of purposely filling my stomach with bacteria, even if it was labeled as "good" or "healthy". But that was many, many years ago, and I am now fully aware of the benefits vaginal and other types of probiotics can produce, and I'd like to share 3 common vaginal problems such products could improve greatly, and possibly even cure altogether.
Some women will never experience a yeast infection (lucky you!) and some will experience a few throughout their lives. An unlucky group, however, will experience many yeast infections on a regular basis. Some of these women will respond well to conventional treatment, and if they are pleased with the results, I am not here to convince them to try something else. I would, however, point out that prevention may be better than a cure in these cases, as constantly subjecting the body to medicinal creams and other treatments is not pleasant. And then there are the women who, through the use of conventional creams, see moderate improvement, but still suffer with a resistant yeast infection. To these women I would definitely recommend doing some research on vaginal probiotics and get a jump on maintaining the healthy bacteria that can fight off the bad. Vaginal probiotics can help with this issue, and some women are so pleased with the results that they decide to make it part of their daily routine, as one might do with vitamins. By maintaining the delicate balance of bacteria in the vagina, you can win the battle (and it really CAN be a battle for some!) before it begins.
Simply put, bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. This can lead to a foul, fishy smelling discharge which is pretty much the hallmark of the condition. We don't know everything there is to know about BV yet, but it's clear that bacteria get way out of hand and things pretty much get nasty from that point, until the condition is treated. Those women who have recurring issues with bacterial vaginosis may want to try a preemptive strike, and start taking vaginal probiotics to prevent the overgrowth in the first place. Not only could it make BV a thing of the past, it could also improve vaginal health in other ways, such as preventing UTIs and yeast infections.
Urinary Tract Infections
UTI's do sometimes clear up on their own without treatment, or with specially prepared homeopathic teas and the like. That said, if you've ever had a bad Urinary Tract Infection, you already know that you just want it over and done with asap, and if traditional medicines are fastest, that's the route many of us would choose before trying something that science doesn't necessarily guarantee to work. However, science does know that maintaining a healthy urogenital tract is key in preventing conditions like this from popping up in the first place. Therefore, vaginal probiotics may be a good choice for those women would like to keep ahread of the game and prevent UTIs altogether, instead of waiting for symptoms to arise and then have to go through treatment.