Chaos in the intimate area and problems with digestion are known to many women. But out of shame, many never talk about these issues. Not even to their best friend and certainly not to their own partner. Yet the intestinal and vaginal flora are the cornerstone of female well-being and deserve the appropriate attention and care too!
Is your vaginal flora balanced?
A balanced vaginal flora plays a decisive role in the well-being of every woman because this protective shield of countless lactobacilli – also known as lactic acid bacteria – is crucial for maintaining the health of the female urogenital tract. By forming lactic acid, these useful bacteria ensure an acidic pH value in the vagina, in which pathogenic germs and fungi cannot multiply.
The vaginal flora is built up from birth through the oral intake of beneficial bacteria. These important symbionts know exactly their destination in the human body and find their place within a very short time. Therefore, especially after taking antibiotics, but also when other problems occur in the vaginal area, it is essential to intake exactly those bacteria orally again, which then colonise the vagina in the shortest possible time.
It is therefore also clear that a healthy intestinal flora is the basis for female well-being – and everything that disturbs the intestinal microbiome also weakens the vaginal flora. Stress and the administration of antibiotics in particular often result in overgrowth of unwanted invaders in the vagina, but hormonal changes (e.g. through the “pill”, pregnancy or menopause) also put a strain on the protective shield in the intimate area: 75 % of women have had a thrush at least once in their lives, every second woman knows what a urinary tract infection feels like, and bacterial vaginosis occurs especially during pregnancy.
Sex and the Vaginal Flora
The connection between bladder infections and sex is painfully familiar to many women. The so-called honeymoon cystitis is a bladder infection that is triggered by sexual intercourse.
The cause of such a disease is usually the body’s own intestinal bacteria, especially the so-called Escherichia coli bacteria. This is because, during sexual intercourse, bacteria can be transported from the woman’s anal area into her urethra through a smear infection. These then make their way into the bladder and irritate the bladder wall, triggering inflammation.
Common Vaginal Infections
Fungi often become an unloved companion in life and cause annoying itching, painful burning and unpleasant discharge time and again. Not only does the health of the urogenital area suffer, but also well-being, self-esteem and love life are massively restricted.
However, new studies show that the composition of the vaginal flora can be clearly improved by simply drinking probiotics: Therefore, the protective shield in the intimate area is strengthened in a natural way and pathogenic germs can be displaced before they wreak havoc in the vaginal tract.
If the pH value in the vagina is disturbed, i.e. not in the optimal acidic range, harmful germs penetrate and can multiply very easily. This excess of bad bacteria, such as Gardnerella vaginalis, the main pathogen of bacterial vaginosis, causes the lactic acid bacteria to be displaced and other pathogens can spread unhindered. At this point, at the latest, you notice an unpleasant feeling in the intimate area.
Typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are itching and a thin, white-greyish discharge with a fishy smell. This unpleasant smell is caused by amines that are produced when Gardnerella break down proteins.
Thrush (vaginal mycosis) is one of the most common fungal infections in women. It is caused by yeast, especially Candida albicans. It is estimated that three out of four women will get thrush at least once in their lives.
Common symptoms that occur during the infection are itching, a burning sensation in the vagina, increased, whitish-yellowish crumbly discharge and pain during sexual intercourse.
Mostly, bacterial infections of the intimate area are treated exclusively with antibiotics as a reason for recurring bladder infections, which destroy the beneficial microorganisms again and again and massively damages the protective shield in the intimate area.
Therefore, it is not surprising that numerous women have to struggle with recurring complaints in the intimate area: 60% of women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis suffer from the symptoms again after six months at the latest.
Fertility & Lactic acid bacteria
Gynaecological medicine is currently focusing on the influence of the vaginal and endometrial microbiome on women’s fertility and, moreover, on the success rate of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The use of probiotics in the therapy and prevention of negative changes in the vaginal flora and in recurrent infections of the urinary and vaginal tract has proven its worth in recent years.
Especially the pleasant oral intake of probiotic bacteria is a plus for many women. It also promotes a natural colonisation of the vagina with the corresponding microbes. In contrast to the administration of vaginal capsules, the immigration of these probiotic bacteria via the intestine results in the formation of a depot in the intestine, which creates a reservoir for the permanent colonisation of the vagina.
Free Guide to the Vaginal Microbiome
Our guide for women focuses on the vaginal flora!
Read all about bacterial vaginosis, thrush, honeymoon cystitis, vaginal dryness, menopause and much more.
Menopause and the Vaginal Flora
The menopause marks the beginning of a new phase in women's lives. For many, the menopause is symptom-free and they perceive this phase as very positive. The 50-year-old woman of today has changed a lot in her character traits compared to the past. She is not afraid to talk about her problems and addresses unpleasant topics. The third stage of life demands more attention for the body and soul, but it is still a fulfilling time of life with all its advantages. The accompanying symptoms that occur during menopause vary from woman to woman. Many go through the phases almost symptom-free or have only mild complaints.
Learn more about the vaginal microbiome
The Connection between the Gut and the Vaginal Microbiome (Video in German only - auto-translated subtitles available in video settings)
In the woman’s vagina, there are on average about 2 billion bacteria per cubic millimetre of vaginal epithelium. Most of them are pure lactic acid bacteria, which form a protective shield against harmful microorganisms by maintaining an acidic pH in the vagina and maintain the balance of the vaginal flora. Mag. Pharm. Claudia Weinberger tells us in this video which problems can occur in the intimate area and clarifies the latest study results.
The 3 Step Women's Well-Being Concept
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The special feature of OMNi-BiOTiC® FLORA plus+ is that it is taken orally: simply drink it! Your intimate area is colonised in a completely natural way with those lactic acid bacteria that are part of a healthy vaginal flora – without any additional irritants or artificial substances from capsule and suppository shells.
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Over the course of pregnancy, many women notice unpleasant problems in the digestive tract: the hormone balance changes and as a result, among other things, the transport of food is slowed down. In addition, some women have a different diet during pregnancy, which can affect the important intestinal flora.
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