For Women

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Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

No dairy

No dairy

During menopause

During menopause

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Overview

Optibac For Women is a high-quality, friendly bacteria supplement especially formulated for women. Taken orally, it's specifically researched and scientifically proven to reach the vagina alive, it is suitable for intensive or long-term daily use.

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Live Bacteria Strains

  • Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
  • Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®
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  • How To Use

  • Ingredients

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  • Product Description

    Who is Optibac For Women for?

    For women of all ages, including teenagers, pregnant women, older women and anyone who feels they could benefit. Highly researched friendly bacteria strains found in the vaginal and urinary tract, scientifically trialled and shown to survive to reach the vagina alive.

    Key benefits

    • Trusted, multi-strain supplement - the most clinically studied friendly bacteria strains specifically for women, and proven to survive to reach the vagina. 
    • The vaginal microbiome is different to that of the gut so it’s important to choose specialist friendly bacteria. 
    • With the world-renowned combination of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, and now also with Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®.
    • This supplement contains strains which are natural to the vaginal tract and proven to reach the intimate area. It is designed to complement the vaginal flora and is for anyone who feels they could benefit.
    • Scientifically proven: backed by over 25 studies and 30 years of research showing safety & quality.
    • The friendly bacteria combination of L. rhamnosus GR-1® and L. reuteri RC-14® has been extensively researched in thousands of women around the world.
    • Can be taken alone or alongside other supplements like cranberry, natural anti-bacterials and anti-fungals.
    • 2.5 billion live cultures per serving, guaranteed until end of expiry.
    • Easy-to-take capsule, 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.

    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 minimise 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 live cultures 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 live cultures for women?

    For most health issues, gender isn’t a consideration in friendly 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®, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, which can be found in For Women. These have been specifically researched in women and for survival to the vagina. Otherwise, live cultures are not gender-specific and can be taken by anyone who feels they may benefit.

    Why are friendly bacteria for women good?

    Friendly bacteria for women 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 friendly bacteria 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 2.5 billion live 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 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 to the international women's rights charity, Womankind Worldwide.

    Over the last 6 years you have helped us raise more than £407,000! 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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    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.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents into cool food/drinks.
    • 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

    No refrigeration necessary when stored in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight.

    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 live cultures 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 colonise, 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 friendly bacteria for women?

    Even though live cultures 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 friendly bacteria 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 live cultures into the gut. However, if you forget to take them with breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.

    How long should I take a friendly bacteria supplement for women for?

    This really depends on your circumstances and response to the friendly bacteria. 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 occasional support; however, most women love the confidence that taking daily vaginal live cultures can provide. Optibac For Women is safe and recommended for long-term daily use.

    Are women’s friendly bacteria safe during pregnancy?

    It is perfectly safe to take For Women during pregnancy; however, pregnant women may like to consider taking our specific pregnancy supplement, ‘For pregnancy’, which contains strains researched specifically in pregnant women.

    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

    Live cultures 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 food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic 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

    • Maltodextrin (natural source)
    • Live cultures: Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
    • Vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, stabiliser: microcrystalline cellulose; anti-caking agent: vegetable magnesium stearate

    Each capsule guarantees 2.5 billion live cultures.

    Suitability

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • No dairy
    • Suitable during pregnancy
    • Suitable during breastfeeding
    • Suitable in menopause
    • Gluten free
    • Yeast free
    • Soy free
    • GMO free
    • No added sugars
    • Free from artificial flavourings, colourings 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 no dairy and vegan?

    Yes, For Women is a no dairy and vegan supplement. This means it’s one of the best live cultures 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 contact our Nutrition Team on +44 (0) 1264 318 881 or click on the link below for our contact form.

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  • Reviews

    Customer reviews

    • When do we start seeing results ? I am on my second pill and still have discharge Many thanks

      Andreia - 27th May 2021

    • Good probiotic for menopausal women helped with vaginal flora

      Amanda Fletcher - 10th May 2021

    • This product CHANGED MY LIFE!!! I had thrush for years. Doctors never really looked into why I kept getting it. Amazing. Yes it isn't cheap but it is worth it!!

      Anna - 15th April 2021

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  • Delivery & Returns

    UK DELIVERY

    Free UK Delivery over £40

    Free standard UK delivery is automatically applied at the checkout when you spend £40.

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    Allow 4-10 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery; no deliveries on Saturdays

    1st class (Tracked): £3.95

    Allow 1-3 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery; no deliveries on Saturdays

    Express Next Day (Tracked): £6.50

    Order before 2pm for guaranteed next working day delivery to most of the UK*. Orders placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday (next working day). Requires signature.
    *Express delivery may exclude the Channel Islands, Herm Island, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Irish postcodes BT18 & upwards, Sark, Scottish borders and offshore and a small number of remote mainland destinations as determined by our delivery courier. 

    Good to know

    • We'll send you an email to confirm once your parcel has been dispatched.
    • For delivery queries, please call us on +44 (0)1264 339 770 or email enquiries@optibacprobiotics.com
    • Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same working day.
    • Delivery within the UK and Northern Ireland has a fixed price, regardless of the size and weight of your order. 
    • Delivery times are estimates and not guaranteed unless otherwise stated.

     

     

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