What are probiotics?
Probiotics are a collection of living microorganisms that can offer you many health benefits for your body. The most commonly found probiotics are a type of bacteria called Lactobacillus. Naturally the vaginal microbiota contains Lactobacillus. This probiotic helps to prevent an overgrowth of fungus which is called Candida. You can find many different strains of this fungus, but Candida albicans is typically the most common cause when it comes down to yeast infections of the lower region for females.
Our bodies are home to trillions of microorganisms, which includes fungi, viruses and bacterias. These are harmless tiny organisms, which live in colonies. Together, they are known as the human microbiota, which Candida is a part of. Sometimes Candida can grow too much, which then distrupts your usual microbiota and causes a yeast infection.
How do probiotics work for women?
Probiotics don’t work like most medicines that directly target your symptoms. Probiotic supplements can help fight against vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis by keeping your microbiome in balance. Probiotics are also able to help prevent a potential infection, they work to help restore and balance out the pH level for females, which is what makes a healthy environment for women.
Studies have revealed that when women take probiotics, the symptoms improved for those who already had a yeast infection of suffered with bacterial vaginosis in the past.
How long does it take for women's probiotics to work?
Like most supplements and medicines, the rate of how quickly a probiotic works depends on the individual. This can depend on the severity of the symptoms that you are suffering with before taking any probiotic. It can also depend on your current diet and other lifestyle factors. Please do note, if you are suffering with your symptoms, we recommend that you speak with your doctor or a medical professional.
With our Vitaflora product, some of our customers have seen great results within just a few days. Our product is clinically proven with over 20 billion CFU per capsule, it has been shown to help women who are suffering with intimate imbalance issues within just 14 days of taking our product!
What should I look for in a probiotic?
The higher the quality of the probiotic supplement, it is more likely that you will see better results! We recommend that you do a little research on probiotics before deciding which one is right for you. When looking at finding a good supplement for you we recommend considering the below factors:
- How many strains there are in the capsules – our product boasts 20 billion Live CFU per capsule.
- Make sure that the product is free from animal proteins.
- The probiotic you purchase should be clinically tested.
- Check the shelf life of the probiotic supplement – If you buy a probiotic supplement that isn’t able to ensure potency until the expiration date, the bacteria could be dead by the time of purchase! With our supplement – you can be certain that the strains will work right up until the expiration date.
- Read the product label for storage instructions to make sure you store your probiotic correctly. Some probiotics require that you keep them in a fridge. If you don’t store them properly, they may not work.
What else can I do to restore my pH balance?
You don’t necessarily have to take a probiotic supplement to restore your pH balance. We have made a short list of a few things you can do to help balance out your pH levels. You can also do these things in addition to supplementing with a probiotic:
- Take a look at your diet – try incorporating foods into your diet such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and certain cheeses (think cheddar, mozzarella, gouda).
- Avoid washing with harsh soaps. You can also purchase low pH soaps!
- If possible, aim to purchase underwear which is 100% cotton.
- Wash regularly.
- Try and reduce certain stress factors, if possible
Can I take a probiotic whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, it is quite common for women to take probiotic supplements whilst pregnant or breastfeeding. During pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis or better known as BV is an unfortunately common side effect that many suffer with. You will be pleased to know that probiotic supplements are safe to take whilst you are pregnant and breastfeeding, which is great news for those who suffer with BV and other similar conditions when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Please do remember that we are not medically trained. Please consult your GP or a medically trained professional should you have any ongoing or suffer with recurring symptoms. It is also recommended you speak to a Doctor before taking any new supplements.