Probiotics for vaginal infection
More normal microbes found for those taking probiotics
by Newsletter Editor
In healthy women, there is a natural balance of bacterial microbes present in the vagina which, when unbalanced, causes infection. In this study, 544 women aged at least 18, diagnosed with vaginal infection, took a daily oral probiotic or a placebo. After an average of 44 days, 27 percent of women in the placebo group had returned to normal compared to 62 percent in the probiotics group.
The women then stopped taking probiotics or placebo. After another 44 days, doctors tested again and found one in five of the women in the placebo group had normal vaginal microbes present compared to more than half the women who had taken probiotics.
Reference: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology; February, 2013, Vol. 168, No. 1, 75-79