Probiotics are not only helpful for digestive system, they are also important in supporting immunity system, improving vaginal and urinary health as well. Beneficial probiotic bacteria help keep the vaginal microbiota in balance which plays an important role in the maintenance of health and prevention of possible infection.
Based on the research, the microbiota of healthy premenopausal women has many Lactobacillus species and factors such as hormonal changes, pH and antibiotics can affect the dynamics of vaginal bacteria population.
Probiotics contain strains of beneficial bacteria that help maintaining a balanced microbiome, which is unique to vagina. These probiotic bacteria promote high pH vaginal environment so that the growth of bad bacteria or other microorganisms can be prohibited, and play an important role in supporting immunity system which strengthens body’s ability to fight off infections.
Many women suffer from vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. In order to maintain a healthy urogenital health, eating probiotic foods and/or taking probiotic supplements can be helpful.
Before taking any supplements please consult your physician.
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