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Probiotics are everywhere these days, in drinks, pills, and powders, and marketers are suggesting that you need to take them not only for your gut — but also for your vagina. Many women are heeding the message, says Dr. Caroline Mitchell, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.
Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. Bacterial vaginosis BV is the most prevalent cause of symptomatic vaginal discharge in the U. Control of BV has been advocated as a means of decreasing the prevalence of these complications.
Millions of people struggle with recurrent BV, which can be painful and potentially harmful to your reproductive system. Sometimes, the antibiotics used to treat it can make things even worse. What Is BV?
The human vagina is inhabited by a range of microbes from a pool of over 50 species. Lactobacilli are the most common, particularly in healthy women. The microbiota can change composition rapidly, for reasons that are not fully clear.
The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US government. Probiotic vaginal suppositories or yogurt may decrease recurrences of bacterial vaginosis. Investigators reported no adverse effects.
Consuming probiotics has become a popular way to improve digestive health. Probiotics are healthy bacteria strains found naturally in some foods and in nutritional supplements. More recently, health experts have begun to consider the potential benefits of probiotics on vaginal health. The scientific evidence is not conclusive.
Acidophilus Lactobacillus acidophilusa bacterium found in the mouth, intestine and vagina, is used as a probiotic. Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body. Each type of probiotic supplement — and each strain of each type — can work in different ways.