Probiotics are health-associated bacteria that work for your body to help prevent and eradicate the presence of harmful infection or disease.
Our bodies contain billions of bacteria. Some can be harmful – like E. Coli, while others function like a team of microscopic warriors- like lactobaccili constantly working with you to fight off bad bacteria and consume excessive overgrowths (like candida). Cue the word “microflora.”
Why Do Women Need Probiotics
We like to think of “microflora” as your garden of body balancing. When your garden is flourishing, you’re balanced and flourishing- you never seem to get sick, you produce healthy BMs every day like clock work, and your urinary tract system is immaculate- free of infections and yeast infections.
But quite the contrary, not everyone’s garden is flourishing. The more likely scenario is something like this: you got sick and you saw your doctor who recommended a full round of antibiotics. The antibiotics did their job, they wiped out all of the bacteria- the good along with the bad. You did not have enough time to replenish your good bacteria before you noticed something was happening “down there” which prompted you to take another trip to the doctor who may have prescribed you yet another course of antibiotics. Before long the Summer months turned to colder month and the kids were back in school. Everyone came home with strep throat that day. The baby was poking her ear. Yep, she had another ear infection. The doctor gave everyone a round of antibiotics just to be sure (including you) and your body is now completely depleted of every single infection-fighting probiotic that you so desperately need. Antibiotics are just one of many reasons our bodies could benefit from a probiotic supplement. You want your garden flourishing, which translates to you flourishing.
Modern women can use all the help they can get. The level of stress and overwhelm women experience working while maintaining the role of primary caregivers in homes appears to be the 21st Century elephant in the room. We can’t really avoid the demands of contemporary life, but we certainly can do the best we can to address them. While there is truly never a “quick fix” one pill solution, there are great probiotics for women on the market which are certainly beneficial to have in your home. Probiotics that contain strains of bacteria that work to balance out vaginal flora, and keep you regular are essentials for wellness. Here are our picks for the Best Probiotics for Women.
Best Probiotics For Women
Probiotics for women help you remain regular, heal your gut so that you can assimilate vital nutrients and phytonutrients, and keep your urinary tract free from infections. When shopping for a woman’s probiotic, it is important to keep an eye out for some of these strains of beneficial bacteria (among several others):
While this is certainly not an exhaustive list of beneficial bacteria strains to keep an eye out for when reading, all of the above listed strains have been tested and demonstrated serious promise for women-specific health concerns.
Nexabiotic Women Probiotics provide both digestive as well as urinary support. To help your body absorb, the capsules are slow release. In addition to the 18 probiotic strains, Nexabotic also contains a cranberry fruit extract- a known astringent that helps to clear and tone women's vaginal tissue. The product is also very affordable when compared to other similar items on the market.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $20.00 (30 capsules)
Useful For: Regularity, BV, candida overgrowth, indigestion, general dysbiosis, yeast infections, odor, and more.
Garden of Life RAW Probiotics, Women is an overall great women's probiotic and women's health supplement. Every capsule contains essential vitamins and minerals along with an extensive beneficial bacteria blend. This supplement helps to restore and support bowel regularity and digestive function, absorb nutrients, relieve the pains of gas, break down proteins, and more.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $54.00 (90 capsules)
Useful For: Regularity, BV, candida overgrowth, indigestion, general dysbiosis, nutrient deficiency,and more.
Renew Life Women's Complete Ultimate Flora Probiotic is a great product for women who need to focus on their gut health. This supplement contains 12 probiotic strains and is great for any woman who is suffering with a taxed immune system, issues with BM regularity, and more. Each capsules contains 90 billion bifido/ lacto cultures.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $40.00 (30 capsules)
Useful For: immune support, IBS, antibiotic resistance, regularity, general dysbiosis, healthy breastfeeding, and more.
This potent supplement contains 16 beneficial bacteria for your overall digestive wellness. Unlike their general probiotic, the Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Women's formula does not contain additional vitamins and minerals so is much stronger. The recommended daily dose is just one capsule per day. Each capsule contains 50 billion probiotic cultures.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $30.00 (30 capsules)
Useful For: immune support, digestive support, vaginal health, weight loss, and more.
Gundry MD 24 Strain Probiotic is our choice for probiotics for women who have a need to alleviate major intestinal disorders. We like this product because it's potent and should be considered particularly after a full round of antibiotics. Though not our cheapest pick, Dr. Gundry does offer a 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $65.95 (30 capsules)
Useful For: immune support, digestive support, IBS, weight loss, relief from symptoms related to celiac disease and more.
Probiotics for Vaginal Health
When it comes to vaginal health, there are some strains of bacteria that work more specifically. Whether you suffer from yeast infections, bacterial overgrowth, vaginosis, or urinary tract infections, adding a probiotic to your vaginal care regimen can be just the thing that ensures you find much-needed relief.
RenewLife Women's Vaginal offer 10 probiotic strains to help alleviate your feminine issues. We love the formula and nearly instant results. Expect to find Lb. acidophilus, and Lb. rhamnosus among other great bacterial strains. We found both a return to great vaginal hygiene and regular bowel movements.
Jarrow Formuals, Women's Fed Dophilus is a concentrated dose of just two bacterial strains: Lb. rhamnosus and Lb. reuteri, and truly those are all you need. The scientific research being done on just these two strain is staggering. If you are suffering from issues down there, first of all, you're not alone, but certainly try adding in this formula. Though the package may say "no need to refrigerate", we disagree.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $17.50 (30 capsules)
Useful For: yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, candida, UTI, and colicy babies (use while breastfeeding)
A similar product to the Jarrow is the Integrative Therapeutics Women's Pro-Flora. Though this product is a tad more costly than the Jarrow, we have been impressed with the dramatic change these probiotics make on the lives of individuals who take them. If you have suffered from chronic issues related to the vagina, certainly try adding this to your daily regime. Once again, you'll notice fewer strains of bacteria, but these two are the right ones!
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $30.00 (30 capsules)
Useful For: yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, candida, UTI,vaginal itch, burning, and more.
This supplement is literally just one strain of bacteria: Lb. crispatus. When you need something to eradicate your candida, return your vaginal flora to balance, help with itchiness, and bad odors, it's worth taking this product. There's even some research that indicates this strain of bacteria can help eliminate urogenital pathogens like Chlamydia trachomatis. These are vaginal suppositories.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $30.00 (30 capsules)
Useful For: Candida, yeast infections, odor, vaginal itchiness, and may even help with urogenital pathogens like Chlamydia.
Fembiotics is a topical spray that helps combat more than just vaginal itch. You can spray it on areas of your skin where bad bacteria seem to far too persistent. Think of the product as a protective barrier as well. Teachers love this product for when at school, and all women who get irritation after the gym will love being free from that annoying itch and odor.
Approximate Cost Per Bottle: $25.00 (40 oz spray)
Useful For: Candida, yeast infections, odor, vaginal itchiness, and various skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
Can You Use Probiotics for BV?
The short answer to this question is yes.
The long answer is that probiotics work to help individuals with bacterial vaginosis (BV) by replenishing abnormally low levels of vaginal flora- (like when you’ve just finished a course of antibiotics). The Catch 22 is this: typically doctors will prescribe an antibiotic to treat BV. Sadly, this does not keep BV away permanently, and secondly as we mentioned above, antibiotics may eradicate all of the beneficial bacteria along with the bad bacteria placing a woman into yet another vicious cycle. We recommend staying ahead of the cycle to stop the body from becoming susceptible to the resurgence of BV. Look for probiotics for women that contain the following probiotic strains:
Lb. rhamnosus GR-1
Lb. fermentum RC-14
Allow at least two months for these strains to work with your body. Every woman is different. Some may experience relief within a matter of weeks or even days. Other women may experience the uncomfortable sensation of “die off” (bloating, gas, and pain) before experiencing the relief. A general rule of thumb, we at herbgang like to follow is to allow your body three months or three reproductive cycles before deciding to discontinue use.
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