Many experts recommend taking probiotics for vaginal health. But this study says probiotics barely have any benefits for your hoo-ha!
Your vagina is inhabited by both good bacteria such as lactobacilli and bad bacteria. Both of these help to maintain the pH balance down there, promoting the growth of good bacteria. However, this balance can be thrown off by unsafe sexual intercourse, douching, using scented products, etc. In such a situation, it is typically advised to eat specific foods that can support good vaginal health. One of the most recommended foods is probiotics.
Probiotics are good bacteria that can assist the body in eliminating toxins and killing harmful bacteria by producing natural antibiotics and can restore the balance of good bacteria. As a result, many medical professionals concur that probiotics are beneficial for both the vaginal and the digestive system.
Here’s what the study says about probiotics and vaginal health
Probiotics that include “good” bacteria are becoming more popular as a means of treating women with vaginal microbiota imbalances. However, a recent study from the Zealand University Hospital’s ReproHealth Research Consortium indicates that probiotics do not improve harmful vaginal flora when given vaginally to women daily for 10 days prior to fertility treatment. These women did not differ much from those taking a placebo.
But you should not stop consuming probiotics yet
We’re saying this because, regardless of whether they (the women in this study) continued to take probiotics or not, symptoms improved in more than a third (34 percent) of all trial participants after one to three months. That’s why, for patients with a “unfavourable” vaginal microbiome, the authors speculate that delaying reproductive treatment until a normal balance is reached may be useful.