Vaginal health, including vaginal flora, is essential to well-being and fertility. The microorganisms that inhabit the vagina can impact pregnancy and have other health outcomes.
There is some evidence to suggest that probiotics may be beneficial for vaginal health, particularly in preventing and treating vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
The vaginal microbiome is made up of a diverse community of bacteria, and when this community is disrupted, it can lead to infections and other health problems. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vaginal microbiome, which may help prevent or treat these infections.
The vagina naturally contains a variety of bacteria, including Lactobacilli, which help to maintain an acidic pH level between 3.8 and 4.5. When the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted, it can lead to an increase in pH levels, which can contribute to conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and urinary tract infections.
Studies have suggested that certain strains of probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus crispatus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, may be particularly beneficial for vaginal health. These strains may help to maintain a healthy pH level in the vagina, prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, and reduce the risk of conditions such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
Lactobacillus is the most abundant microorganism in the vagina. Probiotics play an important role in maintaining the stability of vaginal microenvironment, improving immune defense.
The microorganism Lactobacillus typically contributes to a healthy vaginal microbiome and helps protect the body.
“Numerous Lactobacillus strains have been shown to be active against the main pathogens responsible for bacterial infections of the vaginal and urinary tract.”, says Ob/Gyn Oluwatosin Goje, MD.
However, it is important to note that not all probiotics are created equal, and some strains may be more effective than others.
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