How Probiotics Benefit Vaginal Health

by on November 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Studies have shown that a woman’s vagina contains many different kinds of bacteria, and these forms of bacteria make up what is called vaginal flora. When the vaginal flora is in balance the vagina is considered healthy; however, many external factors cause an imbalance in this flora, leading to vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis.

The leading external factors that change this normal vaginal flora are puberty, wearing synthetic pantyhose, and having unprotected sex.

Other principal factors such as douching and feminine products have been known to flush out normal bacteria and the protective mucus lining in the vagina, resulting in irritation and bacteria growth.

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis:

  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant “fishy” odor
  • When urinating, a burning sensation
  • Vaginal itching and burning

Naturally treating bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis can become very embarrassing for some women due to the symptoms it presents, but luckily there are some natural ways to combat it. Eating foods like plain yogurt, which contains lactobacillus acidophilus, or orally taking a probiotic pill can help with vaginal itching and burning. Orally taking lactobacillus acidophilus in pill form has also been used as a treatment for vaginal irritation.

Preventing bacterial vaginosis

Some women find that they continually contract bacterial vaginosis. Here are some hygiene suggestions for good vaginal health that may help:

  • Avoid spreading bacteria from the rectum to the vagina by wiping from front to back after bowel movements
  • Keep the vagina dry
  • Avoid douching
  • Avoid feminine hygiene products such as sprays and perfumes
  • Avoid tight clothing that can trap moisture
  • Use condoms; this may decrease BV recurrence for some women

Vagi-Clear ™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, including vaginal odor, itching and vaginal discharge

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