The Best Probiotics for Vaginal Yeast Infection

The Best Probiotics for Vaginal Yeast Infection

 

I have come up with a list of probiotic supplements that you can use on daily basis to ensure your bacterial flora is balanced and help keep Candida at bay. I was looking for probiotics that are shelf stable (the friendly bacteria that they contain are still alive when you ingest it) and I chose those that have at least two out of four strains proven to be especially effective in women with a vaginal yeast infection. They are:

The best probiotics for a vaginal yeast infection

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus

 

  •  Lactobacillus reuteri

 

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

 

  • Lactobacillus plantarum

 

Studies show that Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri strains are able to colonize the vagina when taken orally.

 

There are many probiotic supplements on the market that are totally ineffective either because they don’t have enough friendly bacteria cultures to colonize your body or the probiotics are already dead before you ingest them, making the supplement completely useless. When choosing a probiotic supplement, make sure it meets the following criteria:

 

best probiotics for vaginal yeast infection

  • It’s shelf stable (the bacteria are alive in the moment of ingestion). If you want to make sure your probiotic has got live bacteria culture, do a milk test. Pour milk into two cups. Add a spoon of your probiotic powder to one cup and leave both in room temperature overnight. If the probiotic milk is curdles, has got a yogurt film or bubbles, you can be sure that your probiotic supplement is active.

 

  • It contains at least 10 bn CFU (colony forming units)

 

  • It’s got a least 2 out of 4 friendly bacteria strains that are very effective against vaginal yeast infections: Lactobacillus rhamnosusLactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum. 

 

 

Have a look at my list of the best probiotics for vaginal yeast infection:

 

 

How to Take Probiotics?

 

Best probiotics for vaginal yeast infection

According to research, probiotic supplements are most effective when ingested with milk or yogurt, or any other dairy products. If you haven’t got any of those on hand, make sure you always eat something before taking your probiotic capsule, to lower the pH in your stomach and enable more friendly bacteria to get to your gut and colonize it.

 

If you’re currently taking medication or you’re pregnant, make sure you consult your doctor before taking any probiotic supplements.

 

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Can Probiotic Supplements Give Side Effects?

 

The most common side effect of probiotic supplements are digestive issues. It doesn’t happen often, but if you notice bloating or diarrhea a few days after you start taking a supplement, you may want to consider switching to a different product with a lower CFU count or different probiotic strains and most probably you won’t experience any unpleasant symptoms again.

 

Some studies show extremely rare cases of probiotics causing sepsis, a potentially deadly invasive infection in people with compromised immunity. Those who should use probiotics with caution under medical supervision are:

 

Best probiotics for vaginal yeast infection

  • children with short gut syndrome

 

  • patients with central venous catherers

 

  • immunocompromised people

 

  • Crohn’s desease or ulcerative colitis  sufferers

 

  • people who have suffered an internal injury or are recovering from an operation of gastrointestinal tract

 

So, although the risk of getting an invasive infection after taking probiotic supplements is very low, it’s necessary to take precautions if you think you may be vulnerable to sepsis.

 

Conclusion

 

Taking probiotic supplements is an excellent way to boost your immune system and maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your body. They will not only help you prevent and treat a vaginal yeast infection, but also UTI and bacterial vaginosis. Make sure you take them on daily basis for best results.

 

Have you tried any of these probiotic supplements? Are you using any other probiotic supplements to prevent or treat vaginal yeast infections? Please share your experiences and questions in the comment section below.

 

 

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8 comments

  • Are there any side effects to any of the probotics for vaginal yeast infections? I know somebody who had alternative side effects of using probiotics but maybe this was because they had harsh chemicals which caused an overreaction in their body. Is there any such thing as herbal probiotics which are more safe

    • Hi Jazzy, the most common side effects of taking probiotics are digestive issues such as bloating or diarrhea, but it’s rare. In extremely rare cases probiotic supplement can trigger sepsis in people with severely compromised immunity., I’ve just added a new section that covers it in more detail. I haven’t heard about herbal probiotics, are you referring to supplement that contain only natural ingredients? I’ll investigate it and write a post about it in near future.

  • I didn’t know that probiotics were good for preventing yeast infection; I only heard about the benefits of it for your stomach.
    I usually eat a pot of yogurt each day and it contains live and active cultures. It has S. thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifius, L.Casei, and L. Rhamnosus, is this enough or would I need more probiotics each day?
    What other foods can I find these probiotics in?

    • Hi Dinh, a probiotic rich yogurt should be enough to provide your body with a healthy bacteria boost and keep Candida at bay. regarding other sources of probiotics you can try sauerkraut, pickles, miso soup and surprisingly olives in brine:) Please check my post about how probiotics kill Candida for more information.

  • Hi Kams, thank you for the information here. This is the first time I know that probiotics can be used to prevent vaginal yeast infection. Maybe because I am a male. But I have 3 women in my house, so I think I will let them know about this information. I think most of the women in my country don’t know about this kind of knowledge, and I think they should be educated on this. A lot of good information from your website. 🙂

    • Hi Rick, thank you for commenting. Good job we’ve got the internet, so wherever we are in the world women can learn about products that can help them prevent vaginal yeast infections. Probiotics are some of the most effective ones, so it’s important to know how to choose the right probiotic supplement and take it on daily basis to prevent future infections.

  • Hey this is a really good concept for a website and the information is really solid.

    As a male I cant say this is a problem that faces me but it is one that my girlfriend has faced and probably will face again in the future.

    Im glad i read this so next time i can make a few suggestions on what probiotics she should be using for a vaginal yeast infection.

    Thanks for the info.

    • Thank you Dylan. Please let your wife know about my website, she can find a lot of information here about how to deal with a vaginal yeast infection. The probiotics I chose for this review seem to be some of the most effective on the market, they will definitely help her prevent yeast infections in future.

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