Intimate infections. How to choose the right probiotic?
Probiotics are a very important element in the fight against vaginal infections. They provide long-lasting intimate protection in situations such as antibiotic therapy, stress or active lifestyle. Not all of them, however, will be suitable for our body. How to choose the right probiotic?
Probiotics are preparations that serve to strengthen the intimate immunity and take care of the proper balance of bacterial flora and proper vaginal pH. As ad hoc measures, they are used primarily as a preventive measure, e.g. in situations of increased exposure to infection or at the onset of inflammation. Currently, there is a large selection of probiotics on the market. However, their parameters may differ from each other and not for every woman all of them will be effective and comfortable. So how to choose the probiotic that is perfect for you?
First of all, you should consider whether an oral or vaginal preparation will be more comfortable for you. The former is best suited for the prevention or prevention of recurring infections, as well as during antibiotic therapy, or in situations where the application of vaginal preparations causes discomfort, such as during menstruation. The best oral preparation is one that will be resistant to gastric juices, so that it will effectively reach the place of action through the digestive tract. Vaginal probiotics, on the other hand, are better suited for acute inflammation, but also prophylactically during a visit to the swimming pool, sauna or jacuzzi. They work faster than oral formulations, but to be effective you need to remember to keep them in a refrigerator at the right temperature from 2 to 8°C.
Additionally, in order to support the treatment, e.g. during menstruation, it is recommended to use special probiotic tampons and sanitary towels. They are perfect as an auxiliary agent, after the outbreak of an infection, regardless of whether you decide to use an oral or vaginal agent beforehand.
Another thing worth noting when choosing a probiotic is what kind of bacterial strains the product has. In order to make the preparation worth recommending, the three-part name of the strain of bacteria, which the product contains, should be given on the packaging, because it is on this depends on the properties of probiotics. The ingredients used in the product should be of natural origin and exceptionally delicate. Please note that the vaginal environment in women varies according to the region of the world where the woman comes from. This probiotic, which will be effective for a woman from Asia, for example, may not suit a person from Europe at all.
It is also worth remembering that the best probiotic is the one with a double effect, which takes care of both the genitourinary and digestive systems, and will be resistant to antibiotic therapy and can be used in parallel with contraceptives.
Finally, it is also worth checking whether a given product has been proven to be effective. This is evidenced by the positive opinion of such institutions as the Polish Gynaecological Society or awards won by the product, such as the Consumer's Laurel.
The choice of probiotics available on the market is very large. Not everyone, however, will be suitable for us. The decision is therefore worth thinking about, to buy a probiotic that fits perfectly to the body and will effectively take care of our health and comfort.