Probiotics are well-known for their digestive benefits and ability to balance gut health. While it is important to supplement our guts with healthy bacteria to support gut health, vaginal health and balancing the vaginal microbiome are often overlooked.
Many probiotics fail to address the vaginal microbiome, but we recognize the importance of balancing this critical part of female health. In fact, the most common concerns women discuss with their doctors have to do with vaginal health or issues and discomfort due to imbalanced microbiomes.
Vaginal health is a critical component of overall health and wellness, so it’s vital to support your microbiome with healthy bacteria! This article discusses why our feminine probiotic is different, and how you can use it to support your vaginal health.
The Vaginal Microbiome
A healthy vaginal microbiome contains bacteria, yeast, and fungi that are good for your body. These bacteria are responsible for protecting the vagina from foreign bacteria, and for maintaining vaginal pH.
The vagina’s pH is the balance of acidic and basic substances. The ideal pH for a healthy vaginal cavity is mildly acidic and can be anywhere between 3.8 and 4.5 -- the lower the number the more acidic, the higher number, the more basic. If this pH gets too basic or too acidic, it may be unable to defend against unhealthy bacteria or infections, and this can even threaten urinary health.
There are two important forms of “good bacteria” present in a healthy vaginal cavity!
Lactobacilli is one of many forms of lactic acid bacteria. There are over 80 species of lactobacilli present in the human body, and each produces lactic acid to protect the vagina. These bacteria specifically latch onto unhealthy bacteria present in the vaginal microbiome and kill them.
Bifidobacteria are healthy bacteria found in the stomach, mouth, breast milk, and vagina. This form of good bacteria is responsible for regulating gut health, nutrition, and protecting the vaginal microbiome. It does this by producing lactic acid.
There are many dangers of not having high enough levels of healthy bacteria in the vaginal microbiome, but one of these is the risk of getting UTIs.
A UTI, or a urinary tract infection, occurs when any part of the urinary system becomes infected. For instance, an infection could occur in the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or even ureters and be considered a UTI. The most common UTIs occur in the bladder and the urethra, which are part of the lower urinary system.
While men can develop a UTI, it’s very unlikely and much more common in women.
If you have a UTI you’ll likely experience the following symptoms:
- Intense, frequent urge to urinate
- Burning when urinating
- Cloudy urine
- Urine with a strong smell
- Bright red, pink, or brown urine
- Pain in the pelvic or around the pubic bone
There are many different causes of urinary tract infections, but they all trace back to low levels of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. If bacteria from the intestines find their way into the vaginal cavity, this can cause a UTI. This is often due to improper wiping. In addition, GI tract bacteria can also cause a UTI when spread to the vagina.
One of the best ways to prevent UTIs is to supplement a probiotic into your health routine as this ensures Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria are healthy and able to defend the vaginal microbiome against harmful bacteria.
Yeast Infection Defense
Yeast infections are a common result of imbalances in the vaginal cavity. These infections are characterized by itching, burning, and irritation due to excess yeast in the vaginal microbiome. They are common infections, as 3 out of 4 women have a yeast infection at least once in their lives. Yeast infections are almost always due to a fungus known as candida albicans. There are other fungi that may cause imbalances as well, but these infections are harder to treat.
There are healthy levels of yeast, candida, and bacteria in our bodies but when too much unhealthy yeast is present, this can cause serious problems. Small levels of yeast in the vagina are healthy, as long as the body has enough healthy bacteria to protect against yeast growth and harm.
The benefits of taking a probiotic to protect against yeast infections are due to the presence of lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria that keep yeast and candida levels at bay and protects against unwanted bacteria and fungus!
Urinary Health Support
Our feminine probiotic is also a great way to promote urinary health. When our vaginal cavities are not healthy, our urinary microbiome can suffer as well, so, in order to keep your urinary tract healthy, it’s important to support vaginal health as well! Our feminine probiotic accomplishes this by supporting our yeast and pH levels in the vaginal microbiome!
Probiotics are especially effective in regulating urinary health for those who live with both fecal and urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the inability to hold in urine, while fecal incontinence is the inability to hold in stool. There are many different forms of incontinence and causes of it.
A common challenge that accompanies incontinence is the risk of getting a UTI. Due to the nature of incontinence and how to manage and treat it, the UTI risk is increased, but there are many ways to maintain a healthy vaginal microbiome even in the midst of incontinence.
One of these ways is to supplement your urinary health with a probiotic containing Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria bacteria. The other way to protect against UTI and maintain urinary health is to use proper skincare for incontinence!
Skincare for Incontinence
Skincare for incontinence is one of the best ways to promote urinary health and avoid UTIs and other infections and skin problems.
For quick cleansing on the go, try our no-rinse cleanser. Infused with chamomile, vitamin E, and aloe vera for nourishing, healing properties and effects for the skin. Plus, there’s no water involved at all so your perineum stays hydrated. Simply spray the cleanser on and wipe off gently!
You can also try a cleansing wipe with aloe vera and vitamin E for easy cleansing and non-irritating nourishment for the perineal area. These are rich in moisture and are gentle on skin.
Lastly, it’s important to keep skin hydrated and nourished while you may wipe more and use more protective products which may irritate your skin with time. For nourishment and soothing, try our protective skin cream to help protect the skin’s moisture barrier!
Other Tips for Protecting Against UTI
In addition to taking a probiotic, it’s important to take care of overall urinary and vaginal health in the midst of incontinence.
Here are some tips to avoiding UTIs with incontinence:
Change incontinence products and underwear whenever possible. While incontinence underwear is meant to be absorbent and prevent leaks, it is still important to change out of these products once you have leaked. This prevents irritation to the skin and prolonged exposure to urine and stool.
Find protective underwear that actually keeps you dry. If you have to sit in moisture for prolonged amounts of time, this can allow for a better environment for bacteria to grow.
Wipe from front to back. This prevents stool from entering the vaginal cavity, which causes UTIs. Also remove incontinence products from front to back.
Use breathable incontinence underwear that aren’t too tight and aren’t too loose!
Equip your bathroom with safety precautions for comfortable, clean restroom use.
Use gentle cleansers and skincare products to promote health for the skin around the perineal area.
- Take a UTI supplement to prevent UTIs and enhance the urinary tract’s natural defenses.
How To Take Our Probiotic
To best support urinary and vaginal microbiome health, take our probiotic twice daily with a large glass of water. For best results, take each capsule 30 minutes before lunch or dinner. It may also benefit the shelf life of our capsules to refrigerate the capsules, but this is not required.
Because feminine probiotics aren't like the others. Other probiotics support digestive health or immune health. Our probiotic is specially designed to support the health of the vaginal microbiome in addition to digestive and immune health!
Keeping things healthy down there is a critical factor to the overall health and wellness of a woman. If you want to protect against UTIs, flush your urinary tract regularly, balance the vaginal microbiome, and protect against harmful levels of bacteria, our probiotic may be right for you!
There are tools and resources to help you keep your urinary tract healthy and promote your overall well-being no matter what stage of life you’re in. Learn more about these resources here!