Probiotics and Yeast Infections

Countless numbers of people every year suffer from yeast infections in one form or another.  For women, the most common type of yeast infection is vaginal and it can cause a great deal of suffering until it is treated properly.  Luckily there are many treatments available that work quickly and effectively to eliminate the symptoms of yeast infections.

However, if you can avoid getting yeast infections to being with you’d be in even better shape.  Of course this can be easier said than done because of the many different types and causes of yeast infections.  There are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing a yeast infection.  Of these, one particular relationship worth looking into is that between probiotics and yeast infections.

What Are Probiotics?

Before you can understand why probiotics can help stave off your yeast infections it’s probably important that you know a little bit about what probiotics are.  Essentially probiotics are a type of bacteria normally found in the digestive tract and vaginal area of normal, healthy women.  These bacteria are generally considered “good” because they promote healthy body functions like digestion and work to keep “bad” bacteria at bay.

One type of “bad” bacteria that probiotics are effective in containing is the Candida Albicans that causes most vaginal yeast infections.  While there is some debate about whether or not taking probiotics can cure an active yeast infection, the evidence that a relationship does exist between probiotics and yeast infections seems quite strong.

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Yeast Infection Causes

Of course, knowing what probiotics are is only half the battle.  If you want to understand what probiotics and yeast infections have to do with each other, you need to know what causes yeast infections to begin with.  The Candida bacteria that cause yeast infections are always present in the vaginal area (and plenty of other places on your body) along with the probiotics.

As long as there are enough probiotics around the Candida will be unable to overgrow and cause infection.  A drop in the level of certain types of probiotics, however, can provide the Candida with an opening to gain a foothold in the area.  Because of the nature of this relationship, if you can keep your levels of probiotics high, you should be able to significantly lower your risk of developing a yeast infection.

Antibiotics and Probiotics

It is especially important to take some type of probiotic supplement after you have completed a course of antibiotics.  That’s because antibiotics wipe out just about all of the bacteria in your body, “good” or “bad.”  While this is effective when you’re trying to wipe out an infection, it will also deplete your levels of probiotics in important areas and leave you much more susceptible to developing a yeast infection soon after you stop the antibiotics.

Probiotic Options

There are several options when you’re looking for a probiotic supplement to buy.  One of the easies things to do, of course, is to eat yogurt but the level of probiotics contained in yogurt might not be enough to provide the benefits you’re looking for.  You may want to consider taking some type of probiotic supplement instead.  These are available both in liquid and tablet form and there are actually so many options available that you may want to ask your doctor for advice before you buy one.

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