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These are fantastic. Suffered recurrent thrush for years but since using these ( for over 4 years!) I've never had a single episode even during and after the menopause. Well worth giving them a try.
Re: Optibac for for Women - I had suffered from recurring bladder infections since having a hysterectomy at 40 (I'm now 59) and immediately entering into menopause. I used to be low dose antibiotics for years but I still got bladder infections! One day I went to my local health food store for my normal Optibac (to help my digestion) and the sales assistant recommended the Optibac for Women. I thought - "really! Like that's going to help my bladder infections". I bought a jar of 30 capsules! After 25 days I returned and purchased 90 capsules and haven't looked back. I have only had one bladder infection in a year and have completely come off the low dose antibiotic! It also provides good bacteria for the vagina - I never have any odour. I don't know how it works but it does.
This product works! I am in menopause and I am on a low dose HRT patch and progesterone, but the optibac pill everyday stops vaginal and vulvar burning . It truly works ! I love this product .
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.
Gut health supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. If taking probiotic supplements for gut health, note that these should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy 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.
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.
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®.
|Recommended Use||1 capsule daily|
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All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Biology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist
Most probiotics are suitable for all genders. However, some strains such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®*, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®*, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, survive to reach the vaginal flora and prefer to colonise there. These strains have been specifically researched(1,2,3) for the support of vaginal health and urinary tract issues*and are regarded as specific vaginal probiotics. They can be found in Optibac Probiotics For Women supplement.
(1). 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 (2). 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 (3). 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
Women's live cultures supplements, such as Optibac Probiotics For Women, contain vaginal live cultures which complement the natural vaginal flora and support vaginal health*. They aren't harmful for men but are most appropriate and helpful for cis women, trans men, or non-binary people with a vagina.
Taken orally, vaginal probiotics, such as those in Optibac Probiotics For Women, are proven to reach the vagina alive in 3-4 days and to colonise in the vaginal flora in one week. Once there, what do women's live cultures do for women? Lactobacilli bacteria in the vaginal flora produce lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which help to keep the all-important pH balance in the vagina at an optimum pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic).(1,2). This reduces the risk of imbalance leading to vaginal health issues.
(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.(2). 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
This depends on individual preference. Some women take a seven-day intensive course whenever they need support for vaginal health issues, but most women feel more confident when taking vaginal live cultures daily. OptibacProbiotics For Women comes in three sizes: 7 days, 30 days, and 90 days, but is designed for long-term daily use to support the vaginal flora. Take with food, ideally breakfast, when stomach acidity is closer to neutral.
The live probiotic cultures in Optibac For Women prefer to live in the vaginal flora, but other friendly bacteria strains prefer to live in the gut. This is why many people choose to take a digestive supplement, such as Optibac Probiotics Every Day, alongside their vaginal probiotics so that they have all-round support for their gut and vaginal flora.
|For Women (90 capsules) - 90 capsules||Bifido & Fibre (30 sachets) - 30 sachets||One Week Flat (28 sachets) - 28 sachets||Every Day (90 capsules) - 90 capsules|
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