We’ve been hearing about the benefits of probiotics for years now, but recently probiotics marketed especially for women have hit the shelves. Some claim to improve vaginal health. Others claim to improve both gut and vaginal health in women.
Probiotics are simply live microorganisms that are good for the gut. You’ll find them in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kimchi, pickles, kefir and kombucha. The good bacteria in these fermented foods work hard to maintain the balance of good and bad organisms in your gut. If this balance is disrupted, you can get gut problems like constipation, bloating and diarrhoea.
But do women need a different blend of probiotics to men? And can probiotics help vaginal health? The answers are not clear cut. Let’s find out more.