Vaginal yeast infection treatment and probiotics is very promising. Consider that conventional treatment of vaginitis caused by yeasts is:
Probiotics offer an opportunity for better results. Just make sure you know if you have a yeast infection or something else.
Probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species are a natural way to re-establishment a healthy vaginal environment. As mentioned on the BV (bacterial vaginosis) page, Lactobacillus bacteria are the dominant species in the vaginal flora of most healthy women.
Just as they are effective in BV, Lactobacillus are helpful for vaginal yeast infections, too. As shown on the Candidiasis (vaginal yeast infections) page, Candida species of yeasts, and Candida albicans in particular, are the main causes of vaginal yeast infections.
Research has shown that Candida albicans is sensitive to both low pH and to lactic acid. And as you read on the Lactobacillus page, lactobacilli are lactic-acid producing bacteria. So it sounds like it’s only natural that Lactobacillus may be able to control Candida, right?
For more information on the specifics of treatment of yeast infections with probiotics, including details of what studies have shown to be the most efficacious strains (including L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14 as well as others) and at which dosages, look for a new resource coming in the future, "The Probiotics Guide to Yeast Infections."
Several products with different formulations are advertised to help with vaginal yeast infections.
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