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Probiotic Vaginal Suppositories

By Linda Fugate PhD
 
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Friendly bacteria play a large role in the health of both intestines and vagina. The urinary tract is also affected by the types of bacteria in these two areas, because unfriendly bacteria can migrate to the urethra and cause urinary tract infections.

Probiotic products provide a dose of good bacteria that normally live in healthy individuals. Oral probiotics can easily reach the intestines, but what about the vagina?

In healthy women, Lactobacillus bacteria dominate the vaginal flora. There are many different species, and multiple strains of each one. A group in Spain found that the common species L. crispatus, L. jensenii, and L. gasseri all have potential for probiotic development. Lactobacillus crispatus vaginal suppositories have been tested in clinical trials, and were both safe and effective at preventing recurring urinary tract infections.

My last Pap smear report included the comment, “Bacteria (coccobacilli) present morphologically consistent with shift in vaginal flora, i.e., bacterial vaginosis.” At the time, I had no symptoms, so my doctor did not recommend treatment. But since then I've had some mild burning sensations, not enough to send me back to the doctor's office, but enough to raise my interest in probiotics for the vagina.

I found one brand, Candaclear™, on the Internet. The web sites warn that this product is heat sensitive, and special shipping arrangements have to be made for delivery in hot weather. So I found a local specialty pharmacy that carries it.

The labeling is a bit cryptic. The ingredients are listed in a box that looks like a dietary product label. The directions say, “Administer one lozenge per day.” Each lozenge contains two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus plus 2.1 milligrams of garlic concentrate and 0.1 milligram of oil of rose absolute. I assume this qualifies Candaclear™ for marketing as a dietary supplement. Lactobacillus acidophilus is the same bacteria found in yogurt. But the package does include a handy tool, which is easy to figure out by any woman who has ever used a tampon.

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melissa5locks

Have you tried the Lady Soma Probiotics? I was recommended by my gynecologist (who is a woman) and it is the best probiotic I have ever tried. Produces great results even taking only one per day. The only Con is that it is almost impossible to find ......their website (not amazon anymore) is the only place that I have been able to find it lately and even here it is in and out of stock

I am stocking up!

March 5, 2013 - 8:30pm
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Anonymous

I have tried FloraFemme and it worked like a charm. It is a suppository, not a pill. It has a whole lot more CFUs (the stuff that makes it work) than other kinds) and works really fast. I read that the kind you swallow don't work as well because your stomach acid eats up all of the "good stuff." You can still get it on Amazon.com.

May 17, 2012 - 10:28am
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Anonymous

The article is very much interesting . Please Include my mail for free news letter.

December 2, 2011 - 11:53pm
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Anonymous

Ella Probiotic has now been renamed to Purfem.
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October 25, 2010 - 7:16am
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Anonymous

I have used Rephresh and I think it is helpful. I also take femodophilus which there have been studies done to show it is effective. It is a refrigerated probiotic. I believe those needing to be kept cold are better.

May 24, 2010 - 12:04pm
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Anonymous

Thank you. Also, has anyone on this site used the products RepHresh ( a vaginal gel for re-acidifying the vagina) or RepHresh-B (a probiotic supplement with the strains of lactobacillus that live happily in the vagina, which I can't remember the names of ).

Melis

May 7, 2010 - 6:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I used the product. It did not work for me.

February 20, 2011 - 11:04pm
Pat Elliott

Melis - Your best bet would be to contact the company directly.
http://www.ecovag.com/Contact_us-11.aspx

May 7, 2010 - 5:00pm
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Anonymous

Hi There,
Does anyone know if/where it is possible to get Ecovag Probiotic vaginal suppositories in the US? I have only been able to find it online in a couple of Australian pharmacies and I don't know if they will ship here. Isn't it available in Canada?

~Melis

May 7, 2010 - 4:43pm
Pat Elliott

Anon - Yes, garlic can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis, but the odor can make this option less appealing. Here's an article with a good description of how to use garlic for this purpose: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/25580

Is this something you've tried? Is so, can you let us know how it worked for you?
Thanks, Pat

April 8, 2010 - 6:16pm
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