For Women Probiotics

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Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

Dairy free

Dairy free

GMO free

GMO free

During menopause

During menopause

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Overview

Formulated for women, by women, Optibac Probiotics For Women offers high-quality support for your intimate health*. Taken orally, it has been specifically researched and scientifically proven to reach the vagina alive where it supports the vagina and urinary tract*.

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Probiotic Strains

  • Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
  • Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®
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  • Product Description

    Who is Optibac Probiotics For Women for?

    For women of all ages, including teenagers, pregnant women, older women and anyone who feels they could benefit. Formulated with three highly researched probiotic strains, to naturally support vaginal and urinary tract health*.

    Key benefits

    • Trusted multi-strain ingredients - contains the world-renowned combination of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, the most clinically studied probiotic strains for vaginal health*. Now also with Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
    • Best probiotics for women to maintain healthy vaginal flora*
    • Specially formulated to support a balanced and healthy vaginal environment in women by increasing levels of Lactobacilli naturally present in the vagina, and to support urinary tract and vaginal health*
    • The probiotic combination of L. rhamnosus GR-1® and L. reuteri RC-14® has been extensively researched in over thousands of women around the world
    • Backed by over 25 scientific studies and 30 years of research
    • Highest quality standards - rigorously tested and shown to be safe in women
    • For Women offers a scientifically proven way to balance your natural vaginal flora*
    • 2.5 billion CFU per serving, guaranteed until end of expiry
    • Clinically trialed and shown to reach the vagina alive
    • Easy-to-take capsule, recommended for daily use
    • Can be taken alone or alongside other supplements like cranberry, natural anti-bacterials and anti-fungals
    • Winner of 2019 Your Healthy Living Award
    • From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+.

    Available in three pack sizes of 14, 30 and 90 capsules.

    Now dispatching in our new look!

    We are introducing new, eco-conscious packaging this year, and the new designs will update gradually from product to product to minimize any waste. Please bear with us as you may receive orders with both current and new packaging over the coming months. We hope you like the new look! 

    We’ve reduced the plastic in this packaging by 96%. We no longer use plastic containers.

    Update May 2021: now also with Lactobacillus paracasei F-19® and providing 2.5 billion CFU per capsule (previously 2.3 billion). Existing customers can continue to take it just as before!

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    What are women’s probiotics?

    For most health issues, gender isn’t a consideration in probiotic research, so you don’t need to worry about this when choosing your supplement. However, there are several probiotic strains that have been researched specifically in people with vaginas, such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, which can be found in For Women. These have been specifically researched for the support of vaginal and urinary tract health issues*. Otherwise, probiotics are not gender-specific and can be taken by anyone who feels they may benefit.

    Why are women’s probiotics good for you?

    Women’s probiotics are particularly good for the support of the vaginal flora, even when taken orally1. A healthy vagina typically contains strains of Lactobacilli bacteria which produce lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and other substances, all of which help to keep the pH balance in the vagina at an optimum pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic).

    How do I choose the best probiotic for women?

    The best women’s probiotic supplements contain strains which have been specifically researched in women, and where the billions count is based on the dosages used in gold standard clinical trials. For Women contains 2.5 billion live probiotic cultures per capsule – and strains in this product have been used in numerous research studies2-4  in which a standard dose of one to two capsules per day was found to offer benefits for a variety of vaginal health issues*.

    Making a difference

    Thank you for helping us to support women around the world!

    For every pack of Optibac For Women purchased, we make a donation to the international women's rights charity, Womankind Worldwide.

    womankind

    Over the last 6 years you have helped us raise more than $650,000! These funds have helped Womankind Worldwide, in partnership with over 30 women's rights organizations across Africa and Asia, transform the lives of thousands of women suffering abuse and discrimination.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to everyone who recommends, stocks and takes this supplement. Read more about the Optibac and Womankind Worldwide partnership.

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    References

    1. Morelli L, Zonenenschain D, Del Piano M, Cognein P. Utilization of the intestinal tract as a delivery system for urogenital probiotics. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2004;38(6 Suppl). doi:10.1097/01.mcg.0000128938.32835.98
    2. Martinez RCR, Franceschini SA, Patta MC, et al. Improved treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis with flXXXXXXole plus probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2009;48(3):269-274. doi:10.1111/j.1472-765X.2008.02477.x
    3. Martinez RCR, Franceschini SA, Patta MC, et al. Improved cure of bacterial vaginosis with single dose of tiXXXXXole (2 g), Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Can J Microbiol. 2009;55(2):133-138. doi:10.1139/W08-102
    4. Beerepoot MAJ, Ter Riet G, Nys S, et al. Lactobacilli vs antibiotics to prevent urinary tract infections: A randomized, double-blind, noninferiority trial in postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(9):704-712. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.777

  • How To Use

    Recommended use

    • For best results take 1 capsule daily, preferably with breakfast
    • May be increased to 2 capsules per day if desired or professionally directed.
    • For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents with cool food/drinks.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • Can be taken intensively or on an ongoing basis (daily) For Women can safely be taken alongside other supplements in the Optibac range.

    Storage instructions

    • For best results, do not remove desiccant sachet from the glass jar and close lid firmly after each use.
    • For maximum potency, can be stored in the fridge after opening.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    How long does it take for women’s probiotics to work?

    Even when taken orally, strains in For Women have been proven to reach the vagina alive. Research suggests that they can reach the vaginal tract in 3-4 days and begin to colonize, and they have been shown in clinical trials1 to be present in the vagina after just one week.

    When is the best time to take probiotics for women?

    Even though probiotics produce lactic acid and prefer a slightly acidic environment, getting through the harsh stomach environment can be challenging for these delicate live cultures. Ideally, it’s best to take your probiotic supplement at mealtimes (specifically breakfast time), as the stomach’s gastric acidity is naturally at pH 4 or above, and the food further helps to buffer the acid, and assist the passage of the probiotics into the gut. However, if you forget to take them with breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.

    How long should I take women’s probiotics for?

    This really depends on your circumstances and response to the probiotic. For Women comes in three different sizes, one of which is a seven-day intensive course during which two capsules are taken over seven consecutive days for the support of occasional vaginal health issues*. However, most women love the confidence that taking a daily vaginal probiotic can provide. Optibac For Women is safe and recommended for long-term daily use.

    Are women’s probiotics safe during pregnancy?

    It is perfectly safe to take For Women for vaginal support during pregnancy; however, pregnant women may like to consider taking our specific pregnancy probiotics, ‘For pregnancy’, which contains strains researched specifically for all-round digestive and vaginal health support in pregnancy*.

    Who exactly can take this supplement?

    It's for anyone who feels they can benefit. This supplement is designed to complement the natural vaginal flora and whilst called For Women, we acknowledge it may also be appropriate and helpful for trans men or non-binary people. Please contact us if unsure which supplement to take - we're here to help!

    Safety

    Probiotics are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.

    This is a dietary supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Dietary supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

    References

    1. Anukam K.C. et al., (2006), ‘Augmentation of antimicrobial met*******ole therapy of bacterial vaginosis with oral probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14: randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial’. Microbes Infect. 8(6): 1450-4.

  • Ingredients

    Ingredients for women supplement fact panel

    • Probiotic blend: Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
    • Maltodextrin (non-GMO), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate

    Each capsule guarantees 2.5 billion CFU.

    Suitability

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Dairy free
    • Suitable during pregnancy
    • Suitable during breastfeeding
    • Suitable in menopause
    • Gluten free
    • Yeast free
    • Soy free
    • GMO free
    • No added sugars
    • Free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives
    • No chemicals and parabens

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    Is For Women dairy free and vegan?

    Yes, For Women is a dairy free and vegan supplement. This means it’s one of the best probiotics for women with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

    Following the taxonomic updates issued by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, which look more closely at the Lactobacillus genus, a reclassification has been advised for the L. paracasei, L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri species. The active ingredients in For Women may therefore also now be referred to as Lacticaseibacillus paracasei F-19®, Limosilactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus GR-1®.

  • Help & Advice

    Talk to our experts

    If you have a specific question or need some advice on which product to choose please email enquiries@optibacprobiotics.com or click on the link below for our contact form

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    Customer reviews

    • The best product I have used so far. After multiple doctor visits and after trying other products, nothing gave me 100% relief until I found this product. Now, I no longer suffer from BV symptoms. Thank you for giving me my old self back.

      Johanna Pagan - 30th November 2021

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    • I don't know how I would manage without this product. I used to suffer regularly with thrush and cystitis, especially after the menopause. For Women has changed my life! Thank you so much!

      Jo Lynne - 25th November 2021

    • I’m post menopausal and a regular cyclist who wears Lycra shorts with a good thick pad. The mix of dryness and sweat do not cancel one and other out. These really do sort out that yeasty, itchy, non-specific but very uncomfortable feeling. Thank you.

      Chris - 17th November 2021

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  • Delivery & Returns

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    Coronavirus Update

    We ship all USA orders from our warehouse in Hampshire in the UK. Due to the ongoing global pandemic many US, European and Worldwide postal routes are seeing increased transit times. Delivery times provided on this site are therefore a guide and not a guarantee. Express Services largely remain unaffected however these routes are typically subject to local tax and duties at customs.

    USA standard shipping: $4.99

    International postal order - typically deatched and delivered within 5-10 working days.
    Free standard shipping on orders over $100.

    USA express shipping: $6.99

    We use DHL and orders are typically dispatched and delivered within 2-5 working days.

     

     

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    Worldwide Delivery

    • We deliver to more than 50 countries.
    • Shipping is charged at cost - please note that duties may apply.
    • Please allow 3-7 working days for delivery within Europe and 5-12 days to all other destinations. Includes order tracking.  
    • If you are located within the United Kingdom or Europe, we recommended switching to our UK website.
    • International deliveries might currently take a little longer due to the global coronavirus situation. Please refer to the webpage of our international delivery provider DHL to confirm the number of days it takes to receive your order and whether they currently ship to your country.
    • Most international delivery prices are dependent on the size and weight of your order and where it is being sent. You'll be shown the final price of shipping in the checkout, before payment, once we have your address and order details.
    • Long distance shipping and short-term exposure to high temperatures will not compromise the viability of our products. Customers living in very hot countries should store the products out of direct sunlight and refrigerate if the option is available.

    For more details regarding international orders, currency conversion and applicable tax for orders outside the USA, please take a look at our delivery FAQ.

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