For Women Probiotics

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Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

Dairy free

Dairy free

GMO free

GMO free

During menopause

During menopause

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Overview

Formulated for women, by women, Optibac Probiotics For Women offers high-quality support for your intimate health*. Taken orally, it has been specifically researched and scientifically proven to reach the vagina alive where it supports the vagina and urinary tract*.

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Probiotic Strains

  • Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
  • Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®
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  • How To Use

  • Ingredients

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  • Product Description

    Probiotics for women

    Key benefits

    • A specialist supplement – specifically designed for the vaginal microbiome not the gut
    • Quality, multi-strain formula – containing the world-renowned combination of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, and now also with Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
    • Highly researched – backed by over 25 studies and 30 years of research showing safety and quality 
    • Clinically proven - to survive to reach the vagina
    • A more natural option - contains strains natural to the vaginal tract and supports natural PH levels 
    • Easy to take – a small oral capsule for daily use.  Can be taken alone or alongside other supplements like cranberry, natural anti-bacterials and anti-fungals
    • Greener packaging – no longer in plastic containers unlike supplements from other brands
    • Highly recommended - from the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+.

    Making a difference 

    Thank you for helping us to support women around the world!

    For every pack of Optibac Probiotics For Women purchased, we donate to the international women's rights charity, Womankind Partnership.

    Over the last 7 years you have helped us raise more than $657,000! Read more about the Optibac and Womankind Worldwide partnership.

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  • How To Use

    Recommended use

    • For best results take 1 capsule daily, preferably with breakfast
    • May be increased to 2 capsules per day if desired or professionally directed.
    • For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents with cool food/drinks.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • Can be taken intensively or on an ongoing basis (daily) For Women can safely be taken alongside other supplements in the Optibac range.
    • Suitable from 4 years onwards

    Storage instructions

    • 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.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    What are women’s probiotics?

    For most health issues, gender isn’t a consideration in probiotic research, so you don’t need to worry about this when choosing your supplement. However, there are several probiotic strains that have been researched specifically in people with vaginas, such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, which can be found in For Women. These have been specifically researched for the support of vaginal and urinary tract health issues*. Otherwise, probiotics are not gender-specific and can be taken by anyone who feels they may benefit.

    Why are women’s probiotics good for you?

    Women’s probiotics are particularly good for the support of the vaginal flora, even when taken orally1. A healthy vagina typically contains strains of Lactobacilli bacteria which produce lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and other substances, all of which help to keep the pH balance in the vagina at an optimum pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic).

    How do I choose the best probiotic for women?

    The best women’s probiotic supplements contain strains which have been specifically researched in women, and where the billions count is based on the dosages used in gold standard clinical trials. For Women contains 2.5 billion live probiotic cultures per capsule – and strains in this product have been used in numerous research studies2-4  in which a standard dose of one to two capsules per day was found to offer benefits for a variety of vaginal health issues*.

    How long does it take for women’s probiotics to work?

    Even when taken orally, strains in For Women have been proven to reach the vagina alive. Research suggests that they can reach the vaginal tract in 3-4 days and begin to colonize, and they have been shown in clinical trials5 to be present in the vagina after just one week.

    When is the best time to take probiotics for women?

    Even though probiotics produce lactic acid and prefer a slightly acidic environment, getting through the harsh stomach environment can be challenging for these delicate live cultures. Ideally, it’s best to take your probiotic supplement at mealtimes (specifically breakfast time), as the stomach’s gastric acidity is naturally at pH 4 or above, and the food further helps to buffer the acid, and assist the passage of the probiotics into the gut. However, if you forget to take them with breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.

    How long should I take women’s probiotics for?

    This really depends on your circumstances and response to the probiotic. For Women comes in three different sizes, one of which is a seven-day intensive course during which two capsules are taken over seven consecutive days for the support of occasional vaginal health issues*. However, most women love the confidence that taking a daily vaginal probiotic can provide. Optibac For Women is safe and recommended for long-term daily use.

    Are women’s probiotics safe during pregnancy?

    It is perfectly safe to take For Women for vaginal support during pregnancy; however, pregnant women may like to consider taking our specific pregnancy probiotics, ‘For pregnancy’, which contains strains researched specifically for all-round digestive and vaginal health support in pregnancy*.

    Who exactly can take this supplement?

    It's for anyone who feels they can benefit. This supplement is designed to complement the natural vaginal flora and whilst called For Women, we acknowledge it may also be appropriate and helpful for trans men or non-binary people. Please contact us if unsure which supplement to take - we're here to help!

    Safety

    Probiotics 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.

    This is a dietary supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Dietary supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and 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.

    References

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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.

  • Ingredients

    Ingredients for women supplement fact panel

    Probiotic blend: Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®; maltodextrin (non-GMO), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate

    Each capsule guarantees 2.5 billion CFU.

    Suitability

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Dairy free
    • Suitable during pregnancy
    • Suitable during breastfeeding
    • Suitable in menopause
    • Gluten free
    • Yeast free
    • Soy free
    • GMO free
    • No added sugars
    • Free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives
    • No chemicals and parabens

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    Is For Women dairy free and vegan?

    Yes, For Women is a dairy free and vegan supplement. This means it’s one of the best probiotics for women with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

    Following the taxonomic updates issued by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, which look more closely at the Lactobacillus genus, a reclassification has been advised for the L. paracasei, L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri species. The active ingredients in For Women may therefore also now be referred to as Lacticaseibacillus paracasei F-19®, Limosilactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus GR-1®.

  • Help & Advice

    Talk to our experts

    If you have a specific question or need some advice on which product to choose please email enquiries@optibacprobiotics.com or click on the link below for our contact form

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    Customer reviews

    • I have been taking Optibac for Women for 5 or 6 years and never miss a day as they have been a lifesaver with my constant UTIs which quickly became serious kidney infections. Taking these plus oestrogen pessaries really has changed everything. I have also found the nutritional therapists quick and helpful

      L Chapman - 29th June 2022

    • I had been suffering from repeated thrush infections. I had gone to my doctor at least 10 times and he couldn’t do anything for me. It was really getting me down. This product has changed my life. It has stopped the yeast infections. I can’t recommend it enough.

      Louise - 19th June 2022

    • I had been taking Optibac for a year and find it so good. My gynecologist has recommended them.

      Olivia Vicente- Lewis - 7th June 2022

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  • Delivery & Returns

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    We ship all USA orders from our warehouse in Hampshire in the UK. Due to the ongoing global pandemic many US, European and Worldwide postal routes are seeing increased transit times. Delivery times provided on this site are therefore a guide and not a guarantee. Express Services largely remain unaffected however these routes are typically subject to local tax and duties at customs.

    USA standard shipping: $4.99

    International postal order - typically deatched and delivered within 5-10 working days.
    Free standard shipping on orders over $100.

    USA express shipping: $6.99

    We use DHL and orders are typically dispatched and delivered within 2-5 working days.

     

     

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    Worldwide Delivery

    • We deliver to more than 50 countries.
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    • Please allow 3-7 working days for delivery within Europe and 5-12 days to all other destinations. Includes order tracking.  
    • If you are located within the United Kingdom or Europe, we recommended switching to our UK website.
    • International deliveries might currently take a little longer due to the global coronavirus situation. Please refer to the webpage of our international delivery provider DHL to confirm the number of days it takes to receive your order and whether they currently ship to your country.
    • Most international delivery prices are dependent on the size and weight of your order and where it is being sent. You'll be shown the final price of shipping in the checkout, before payment, once we have your address and order details.
    • Long distance shipping and short-term exposure to high temperatures will not compromise the viability of our products. Customers living in very hot countries should store the products out of direct sunlight and refrigerate if the option is available.

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