Taking antibiotics or oral contraceptives, using spermicides, and simply getting older can interfere with the natural, beneficial balance of the microbiome in women’s vaginal and digestive tracts – contributing to yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and urinary tract infections. Probiotics specially formulated for vaginal balance (like Florajen Women) can help. 27
There are about 50 different microbial species that naturally inhabit the vagina including the dominant “healthy” Lactobacillus.5
- Lactobacillus acidophilus:produces trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide that assist in regulating the digestive as well as vaginal environments for a healthy, comfortable balance of flora, while also benefiting overall health, wellness, and the immune system.
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus: is one of the most widely used probiotic strains, often given to help prevent and ease gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea, stimulate immune responses, and prevent certain allergic symptoms.14