I take probiotics daily, and have for many years, for maintaining a healthy gut. I don't take anything fancy - just natural, plain yoghurt from the supermarket - make sure it is fresh. I choose a good brand as well.
Probiotics for treatment and prevention of urogenital infections in women: A systematic review
Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 05/31/2016
This study extends the work of researchers who systematically investigated the scientific literature on probiotics to prevent or treat urogenital infections. he quality of the studies in this systematic review varied. Although clinical practice recommendations were limited by the strength of evidence, probiotic interventions were effective in treatment and prevention of urogenital infections as alternatives or co–treatments. More good quality research is needed to strengthen the body of evidence needed for application by clinicians.
- A systematic review was conducted to determine the efficacy of probiotics for prevention and/or treatment of urogenital infections in adult women from January 1, 2008, through June 30, 2015.
- They searched in CINAHL, MEDLINE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, Dissertations and Theses, and Alt–HealthWatch.
- After removing duplicates and studies that did not meet inclusion criteria, 20 studies were reviewed.
- All included at least one species of Lactobacillus probiotic as an intervention for treatment or prevention of urogenital infections.
- Data extracted included samples, settings, study designs, intervention types, reported outcomes, follow–up periods, and results.
- They evaluated all randomized controlled trials for risk of bias and made quality appraisals on all studies.
- Fourteen of the studies focused on bacterial vaginosis (BV), 3 on urinary tract infections (UTIs), 2 on vulvovaginal candidiasis, and one on human papillomavirus (HPV) as identified on Papanicolaou test.
- Studies were heterogeneous in terms of design, intervention, and outcomes.
- Four studies were of good quality, 9 of fair, and 7 poor.
- Probiotic interventions were effective for treatment and prevention of BV, prevention of recurrences of candidiasis and UTIs, and clearing HPV lesions.
- No study reported significant adverse events related to the probiotic intervention