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Probiotics are a hot topic of conversation these days. These live microorganisms are “friendly” bacteria that help to colonize the body with digestive- and immune-supporting benefits.1 There are many different groups of probiotics out there that provide health and immune benefits to different parts of the body, such as the gut, the mouth, the skin and even the vagina.
So, What’s the Deal with Lactobacillus?
Lactobacillus is one type of natural bacteria that lives within the body. While the word “bacteria” may scare you, this bacteria is considered friendly because it helps to fight off other organisms. Lactobacilli most commonly reside in our digestive, urinary and genital systems.
The vagina, specifically, is colonized predominately with Lactobacilli, which create an acidic environment in order to protect and maintain a healthy pH balance between 3.5 and 4.5.2
Where Do Probiotics Come In?
Even when the Lactobacilli are doing their job, external factors can throw your vaginal pH out of whack. These factors include everyday things like your diet, exercise, sex, semen, menstruation, vaginal washes/wipes and even stress or certain medications. When your vaginal pH is off balance, it encourages an overgrowth of different types of bacteria and yeast, which may lead to vaginal issues.
That’s where probiotics come in. Some probiotics, such as AZO Complete Feminine Balance® Daily Probiotic, help to maintain the balance of good bacteria to support your vaginal pH.* AZO Complete Feminine Balance® is powered with INTELLIFLORATM, a clinically-proven blend of the four most dominant species of Lactobacilli found in healthy women, which helps to create an ideal environment for healthy microflora to flourish.*
Maintain Your Balance
There are certain steps you can take to help avoid “unfriendly” bacteria and maintain a healthy vaginal pH.* For example: use protection if you are sexually active, always wipe front to back, use unscented soaps and opt for loose-fitting clothing and breathable cotton underwear. It also doesn’t hurt to introduce a daily probiotic, such as AZO Complete Feminine Balance® to your routine, to help restore and maintain the balance of good bacteria and yeast to optimize your vaginal pH.*