Did you know that a community of bacteria exists in the vagina of females? Normally the vagina is occupied by various Lactobacillus species of bacteria. Since these are known, good, and beneficial and are therefore called probiotics. Once established within the vagina, these friendly bacteria protect your body against several vaginal infections. They do so by producing natural substances which disinfect the vagina and help maintain an optimal pH level in the vagina. A healthy balance of microflora also prevents the build-up of harmful bacteria and other pathogens.
For example, some Lactobacillus strains produce substances such as hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, and bacteriocins. The latter prevent the growth of the type of bacteria which causes bacterial vaginosis.
Upsetting a Delicate Balance
A number of factors can upset the delicate balance of the vagina’s friendly bacteria. These include:
- Antibiotic medications
- Dietary changes
- Sexual activity
- Smoking cigarettes
- Fluctuating stress levels
Any, or a combination of these factors can lead to an overgrowth of one or several pathogens. One of the most common causes a yeast infection. Yeast infections affect 75 percent of American women during their reproductive years.
A yeast infection of the vagina is caused by a yeast called Candida albicans. Another indicator of a yeast infection is pruritis (itching) and maybe even a whitish, cottage-cheese like discharge. Candida albicans prefers a vaginal environment that is more basic (higher pH).
When the vagina’s pH becomes imbalanced, it can also allow bad microbes like Gardnerella vaginalis, the cause of bacterial vaginosis (or BV) to take over. These microbes may cause pruritis or itching of the vagina as well as an unpleasant "fishy odor." They prefer a vaginal environment that is basic with a higher pH.
The typical treatment for a Candida yeast infection is antifungal therapy by means of an oral medication, a vaginal cream, or a suppository. Usually, bacterial vaginosis is treated with an antibiotic. When either of these infections recur, they become increasingly difficult to treat, and can cause great discomfort and inconvenience. For these reasons, preventative protection is a preferable option.
Antibiotics and Vaginal Flora
While antibiotics and antifungal medications are among the most common treatments for yeast infections and BV, they can cause problems too. The reason is that although they kill the bacteria which cause the infection, they also kill off beneficial bacteria in the GI tract. When this happens it can lead to digestive disorders and a weakened immune system. As for the vagina, a depletion of good bacteria can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and Candida.
Probiotics for Yeast Infections
Fortunately, preventative options are available. Several species of probiotic are known to be effective at protecting the delicate balance of vaginal microflora and providing resistance to bad bacterial and yeast infections. Generally, the best probiotics for yeast infection are acidophilus bacteria (acid-loving). In particular, Lactobacillus acidophilus has been found to be effective at rebalancing and maintaining healthy vaginal microflora. These same friendly bacteria, can also deter the growth of harmful organisms such as Candida albicans and Gardnerella vaginalis and inhibit the production of fungi that causes yeast infections.
Natural sources of probiotics include:
Even if you add probiotic foods to your diet, the best way to insure you are getting optimum probiotic protection is to take a daily supplement. Believe it or not studies have shown that probiotics taken orally by mouth will end up colonizing the vagina. These studies were done by tagging probiotic species and then analyzing the microorganisms of the vagina some time later. These probiotics will help to restore the normal pH and environment of the vagina to keep the bad microorganisms away. Taking a probiotic is okay alongside an anti-fungal or anti-biotic but you should ask your doctor to be sure.
Probiotics can provide you with several health benefits. Though this has been known for some time, recent studies have discovered the numerous way in which these friendly bacteria can help prevent vaginal infections. There is strong evidence to support that fact that bacteria strains such as L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri are particularly beneficial in this regard.
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