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Sometimes it seems like we’re being bombarded with information about the good bacteria for our gastrointestinal tracts. There’s a lot of information out there about the benefits of probiotics for digestive health, but newsflash, ladies—probiotics aren’t just for your guts!
Your vagina has a “microbiome” as well. A microbiome is a collection of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi that dwell in a particular environment, in this case, the vagina. The composition of the vaginal flora is unique. “Good bacteria” called lactobacilli naturally exist in the vagina. Multiple strains of lactobacilli produce hydrogen peroxide, which keep the pH of the vagina in the “acidic” range (<4.5).1 This colonization prevents overgrowth of non-beneficial bacteria, predominantly anaerobes. Here are some common disruptors of a healthy vagina:
- Sexual activity with multiple sexual partners
- Antibiotic use
- External irritants such as harsh detergents and heavily fragrant washes
- Prolonged use of wet bathing suits/work out clothes
- Undergarments made with synthetic materials
Consider a probiotic specifically formulated with the vagina in mind
AZO Complete Feminine Balance® with INTELLIFLORA™ is specifically formulated to help restore and maintain the natural balance of good bacteria and yeast in the vagina.* AZO Complete Feminine Balance® is the only probiotic with the INTELLIFLORA™ blend of the four most dominant species of lactobacilli found in healthy women’s vaginas.ǂǂ In other words, it’s a probiotic for the vagina. It has been shown to work in just seven days and is safe for all women, including pregnant women.§
So, the next time you reach for a probiotic, consider your vaginal health. Probiotics aren’t just for digestion anymore!
ABOUT DR. ALYSSA DWECK:
Dr. Alyssa Dweck is a practicing OB-GYN in Westchester County, NY. She has been voted Top Doctor in New York Magazine and Westchester County. She is proficient in gynecologic surgery, has expertise in female sexual health and provides gynecologic care to women of all ages. Dr. Dweck has co-authored three books, including The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Women's Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina—Health, Pleasure, Hormones, and More, which tells women of all ages what they need to know about their own unique health.
1 Bacterial vaginosis: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/bacterial-vaginosis-clinical-manifestations-and-diagnosis