What Is Lactobacillus?
Why Is Lactobacillus Beneficial For Women's Health?
What Do Different Strains Of Lactobacillus Do For Women?
Lactobacillus AcidophilusLactobacillus Acidophilus can assist in treating or preventing vaginal inflammation (common during episodes bacterial vaginosis) and yeast infections.
Lactobacillus GasseriLactobacillus Gasseri has the ability to inhibit growth of harmful bacteria, particularly bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis. It may also help lessen menstrual pain in women with endometriosis.
Lactobacillus RhamnosusLactobacillus Rhamnosus is useful in hindering bacteria growth, especially after antibiotic therapy. It can also reduce symptoms and the recurrence rate of bacterial vaginosis.
Lactobacillus ReuteriLactobacillus Reuteri is beneficial because it colonizes in the vagina, pushing out “bad” bacteria, and strengthens the vagina’s natural defense against candida.
Choosing The Right Women's Probiotic
Pay close attention to the quantity of bacteria in the probiotic. It’s typically measured in colony forming units (CFU’s) and normally in the billions. It often ranges from 1 to 10 billion, however some contain upwards of 50 billion or more. The amount needed differs for every individual depending on their health and needs, so it’s best to consult with your doctor to decide what’s best for you.
Quality is another important deciding factor when searching for a women’s probiotic. It should contain live, active bacterial cultures to be considered a true probiotic. This is typically indicated on the packaging or label.