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OptiBac Probiotics


Suitable for Vegans


Optibac Probiotics For Women has been developed just for women, these extensively researched strains are proven to survive to reach the intimate area.

Optibac Probiotics For Women contains two highly researched strains, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, which have been clinically trialled by over 2,500 women around the world.

The two strains in this product are proven to survive to reach the intimate area. With over 30 years of research, you can trust that if you want a live cultures supplement especially for female intimate flora, OptiBac Probiotics ˜For women is the probiotic supplement for thrush and other similar concerns. 

This supplement is safe and appropriate for women in the menopause, as well as for pregnant & breastfeeding mothers.

Alongside taking this product, it may also be worthwhile considering lifestyle factors such as diet (for example reducing your intake of sugar, which can feed harmful bacteria and yeasts), increasing your water intake, and avoiding wipes, douches and soaps in the intimate area, which can upset the natural vaginal pH.

Benefits of Optibac Probiotics For Women:

  • Suitable for vegetarians.
  • Dairy Free.
  • Gluten Free.
  • Suitable for use during pregnancy.
  • For anyone unable to swallow capsules, the contents of the capsule can be mixed with a cold meal or cold beverage.
  • Does not require refrigeration.
  • Suitable for use for chidren aged 4 years and over.

Our In-store pharmacist Shabir Daya, has written an article about For Women:

Directions: As a food supplement, one or two capsules of Optibac Probiotics For Women to be taken daily as desired, or as professionally directed. For ongoing use, one capsule a day may often suffice. Take with food, preferably with breakfast.
For best results, take daily. May be used on an ongoing basis.

For best results, do not remove desiccant sachet from the glass jar and close lid firmly after each use. Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight. For maximum potency, can be refrigerated after opening. 

Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children. Vaginal health supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. If taking probiotic supplements for vaginal health, note that these should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

Maltodextrin (Natural Source); Live Cultures: Lactobacillus Paracasei F-19®, Lactobacillus Reuteri RC-14®, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR-1®; Vegetarian Capsule: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose; Stabiliser: Microcrystalline Cellulose; Anti-Caking Agent: Vegetable Magnesium Stearate. Each capsule guarantees 2.5 billion live cultures.

What are friendly bacteria for women?
Friendly bacteria for women help to support the vaginal flora, even when taken orally(1). A healthy vagina typically contains Lactobacilli bacteria which produce lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide. These substances help to keep the all-important pH balance in the vagina at an optimum pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic). Women's friendly bacteria supplements are for anyone who feels they can benefit. Several strains, such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®* and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®*, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, survive to reach the vaginal flora and prefer to colonise there. They are regarded as specific vaginal friendly bacteria and can be found in the Optibac Probiotics For Women supplement.

Can men and children also take For Women?
Yes, For Women is suitable for all genders and for children from 4 years onwards. This supplement contains vaginal live cultures which are designed to complement the natural vaginal flora and whilst called For Women, we acknowledge it may also be appropriate and helpful for cis women, trans men, or non-binary people. We have heard anecdotal situations where men have taken For Women as part of a supplement protocol and seen a benefit. Please contact us if unsure which supplement to take - we're here to help!

How do I choose the best friendly bacteria for women?
The best women’s live cultures supplements contain friendly bacteria specifically researched in women, with the same billions count used in supporting research studies. Optibac Probiotics For Women strains were used in gold standard clinical trials (1, 2,3)  at the same strength of 2.5 billion live cultures per capsule daily. 

(1). Martinez RCR, Franceschini SA, Patta MC, et al. Improved treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis with flXXXXXXole plus probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2009;48(3):269-274. doi:10.1111/j.1472-765X.2008.02477.x (2). Martinez RCR, Franceschini SA, Patta MC, et al. Improved cure of bacterial vaginosis with single dose of tiXXXXXole (2 g), Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Can J Microbiol. 2009;55(2):133-138. doi:10.1139/W08-102 (3). Beerepoot MAJ, Ter Riet G, Nys S, et al. Lactobacilli vs antibiotics to prevent urinary tract infections: A randomized, double-blind, noninferiority trial in postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(9):704-712. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.777

Are these supplements suitable to take daily and ongoing?
This depends on individual preference. Some women take a seven-day intensive course when needed, but most women feel more confident when taking vaginal live cultures daily. Optibac Probiotics For Women comes in three sizes: 7 days, 30 days, and 90 days, but is designed for long-term daily use. Take with food, ideally breakfast, when stomach acidity is closer to neutral.

How long does it take for women’s live cultures to work?
Taken orally, vaginal live cultures, such as those in Optibac Probiotics For Women, are proven to reach the vagina alive in 3-4 days and to colonise in the vaginal flora in one week. Once there, what do women's live cultures do for women? Lactobacilli bacteria in the vaginal flora produce lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which help to keep the all-important pH balance in the vagina at an optimum pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic).(1,2).

(1). Anukam K.C. et al., (2006), ‘Augmentation of antimicrobial met*******ole therapy of bacterial vaginosis with oral probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14: randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial’. Microbes Infect. 8(6): 1450-4. (2). Morelli L, Zonenenschain D, Del Piano M, Cognein P. Utilization of the intestinal tract as a delivery system for urogenital probiotics. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2004;38(6 Suppl). doi:10.1097/01.mcg.0000128938.32835.98

When is the best time to take friendly bacteria for women?
It’s best to take your women’s probiotic supplement at breakfast time, as this is when stomach acidity is at its most neutral. Taking it with food further helps to buffer the acid and assist the passage of the live cultures into the gut and on to the vagina. If you forget to take them with breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.

Is For Women safe to take during pregnancy, with HRT, or other medications and supplements?
It is perfectly safe to take Optibac For Women during pregnancy; however, pregnant women may prefer to consider a supplement designed for pregnancy, such as Optibac Pregnancy, which contains live cultures specifically researched in pregnant women. Vaginal friendly bacteria supplements are also safe to alongside other supplements and medications, such as HRT and the oral contraceptive pill.

Do the vaginal live cultures in For Women work for gut health too?
The live cultures in Optibac For Women prefer to live in the vaginal flora, but other friendly bacteria strains prefer to live in the gut. This is why many people choose to take a digestive supplement, such as Optibac Every Day, alongside their vaginal live cultures  so that they have all-round support for their gut and vaginal flora.

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Product Code: OPB0014