Who is Optibac ‘For women’ for?
Food supplement for women of all ages, including teenagers, pregnant women and women over 50. Highly researched friendly bacteria trialled and shown to survive to reach the vagina alive.
- Trusted multi-strain ingredients - contains world-renowned Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, the most clinically studied live cultures strains for survival to the vagina.
- Specially formulated to support a balanced and healthy vaginal environment in women by increasing levels of Lactobacilli naturally present in the vagina.
- Backed by over 25 scientific studies and 30 years of research.
- This good bacteria combination has been extensively researched in over 2,500 women around the world.
- Highest quality standards - rigorously tested and shown to be safe in women.
- Trust ‘For women’ as the safe and scientifically proven method to balance your natural vaginal flora.
- 2.3 billion CFU of friendly bacteria per serving, guaranteed until end of expiry.
- Easy-to-take capsule.
- Suitable for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free diets.
- Suitable for pregnant women.
- Can be taken alone or alongside other supplements like cranberry, natural anti-bacterials and anti-fungals.
- Free from GMOs and soy. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
- Recommended for daily use.
- 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.
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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 live cultures?
For most health issues, gender isn’t a consideration in good bacteria research, so you don’t need to worry about this when choosing your supplement. However, there are several friendly bacteria strains that have been researched specifically in people with vaginas, such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®, which can be found in 'For women'. These have been specifically researched for survival to the vagina. Otherwise, live cultures are not gender-specific and can be taken by anyone who feels they may benefit.
What makes women’s live cultures good?
Women’s live cultures 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 live cultures for women?
The best women’s live cultures 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 2.3 billion live cultures per capsule – the finished product has been used in numerous research studies2-4 in which a standard dose of one to two capsules per day was utilised.
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 (20p per 14 capsules, 30p per 30 capsules, and £1 per 90 capsules) to the international women's rights charity, Womankind Worldwide.
Over the last 5 years you have helped us raise a massive £330,000! These funds have helped Womankind Worldwide, in partnership with over 30 women's rights organisations 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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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