Probiotics is a popular word in health-conscious circles as they promote good health in a natural way. Probiotics refer to “good” bacteria that is present in certain parts of the body. Most people think of the digestive tract when probiotics are brought up. In women, probiotics exist in the vagina, and they help combat the “bad” bacteria.
The fact is that there are more than 50 species of bacteria that can be found in the vagina. Not all of these are good, of course, but of the good bacteria, lactobacilli is the most predominant. Lactobacilli is responsible for the production of substances such as lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and bacteriocins. These substances work to kill bacteria that are detrimental to vaginal health.
Most often, vaginal probiotics are used to help prevent and treat yeast infection, which is perhaps the most common problem that women face today. Vaginal probiotics can come in many forms, with vaginal suppositories and creams being the most commonly used. Vaginal probiotics also come in oral form.
The good news is that these treatments can be easily acquired, as they are almost always available as over-the-counter medication. One can find them at drugstores and even supermarkets. However, it is imperative that a woman check with her doctor regarding the use of vaginal probiotics, especially if the yeast infection or vaginal irritation is recurring and/or occurs for an extended period of time. This is due to the fact that such situations may actually have an underlying cause, which need to be treated in a different way.