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ask: How do probiotics taken orally actually reach the vagina?

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All women have heard that taking acidophilus whilst taking antibiotics is a measure taken to prevent yeast infections. How is it that the probiotics, taken orally, actually affect/reach the vagina?? THANKS!!

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome!

The kinds of probiotics taken by people to help their digestive tracts and reproductive organs naturally grow in these areas, so when taken orally, they naturally gravitate to these areas of the body where they naturally belong. Since certain antibiotics can leave a person open to yeast infections, pro (as opposed to anti) biotics can offset this. So as the antibiotic gets rid of the bad bacteria in our bodies, the probiotics keep the good bacteria in.

I hope this helps you!

~Susan

September 15, 2010 - 12:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Saying that probiotics "naturally gravitate to where they are needed" is not scientific or helpful. Your response did not address in the slightest how oral probiotics travel to the vaginal canal.

June 11, 2015 - 11:52am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks Anon.

I think I answered it quite well and that it was quite helpful but if you can do better, please do so. We are always open to learning from our readers, here on EmpowHER. 

Best,

Susan

June 11, 2015 - 2:36pm
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