For Women Probiotics

90 capsules |up to 3 months' supply

Ursula Philpott BA(Hons) DipCNM Nutritional Therapist
This is my favourite specialist product for the vaginal microbiome and it's easy to take as a small, oral capsule - no pessary involved.
Ursula Philpott
Ursula Philpott BA(Hons) DipCNM Nutritional Therapist

Who is it for?

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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  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • Dairy free

    Dairy free

  • Gluten free

    Gluten free

  • GMO free

    GMO free

  • During pregnancy

    During pregnancy

  • During menopause

    During menopause

Key benefits

Probiotics for women

  • The UK's No 1 friendly bacteria supplement for the vagina^^Trusted by thousands of women who take For Women daily.
  • Specifically designed for the vaginal microbiome It's not just the gut that has it's own microbiome, which is why we have created this specialist friendly bacteria supplement scientifically proven to reach the vagina
  • Contains strains natural to the vaginal tract A natural option containing strains natural to the vaginal and urinary tracts and complements natural pH levels
  • Developed for quality not quantity It's the strains used to develop For Women rather than the billions count that make this supplement a favourite amongst our customers      
  • Multi-strain formulaContains the most studied strains for the intimate flora; the world renowned combination of L. rhamnosus GR-1® & L. reuteri RC-14®, trialled in thousands of women around the world 
  • Highly researched and clinically proven Backed by over 25 studies and 30 years of research showing safety and quality 
  • Easy to take small oral capsule Can be taken alone or alongside other supplements like cranberry, natural anti-bacterials and anti-fungals and more convenient than pessaries and creams
  • From the UK's most recommended brand Optibac is the brand of friendly bacteria supplements most recommended by UK consumers^
  • ^^Circana total VMS MAT in value and units 05/08/23

Making a difference 

For every pack of Optibac Probiotics For Women purchased, we donate to the international women's rights charity, Womankind Partnership. Since 2014, you have helped us raise more than $920,000! Read more about the Optibac and Womankind Worldwide partnership.

Womankind supported by Optibac

Probiotic strains

  • Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
  • Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®
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Proven to reach the vagina

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Intimate flora

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Louise Mason
Louise Mason BA(Hons) DipCNM Nutritional Therapist, DipCNM Naturopath, mANP
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  • How to use

    Recommended use

    For Woman can be given to adults and children, from 4 years onwards, with the following recommendations:

    • 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.
    • Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight. For maximum potency, can be refrigerated after opening.

    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.

    Vaginal health supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. If taking probiotic supplements for vaginal 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.

    *Health professionals can read more about these strains on the Probiotics Database: Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®

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    Ingredients

    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.

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    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

     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®.

    Format Capsule
    CFU 2.5 billion
    Recommended Use 1 capsule daily
    Age Range Adult
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    USA standard shipping: $4.99 

    International postal order - typically deatched and delivered within 5-10 working days.
    Free standard shipping on orders over $60.

    USA express shipping: $6.99 

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

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    • We'll send you an email to confirm once your parcel has been dispatched.
    • For delivery queries, please email enquiries@optibacprobiotics.com
    • We are unable to ship orders to PO boxes.
    • Product prices on this website are always shown in US dollars (USD $) and exclude tax - tax is not applicable as orders are fulfilled from the UK.

    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.

    Returns

    If you have changed your mind, you can return goods, at your cost, unopened within 14 days for refund or exchange, this does not affect your statutory rights.

Customer Questions

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 researched1,2,3 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.

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Women's live cultures supplements, such as Optibac Probiotics For Women, is for anyone who feels they can benefit. This supplement contains vaginal live cultures which are designed to complement the natural vaginal flora and whilst called For Women, we acknowledge it may also be appropriate and helpful for cis women, trans men, or non-binary people. We have heard anecdotal situations where men have taken For Women as part of a supplement protocol and seen a benefit. Please contact us if unsure which supplement to take - we're here to help!

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.

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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. Optibac Probiotics 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.

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