For Women

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Suitability

Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

No dairy

No dairy

During menopause

During menopause

During breastfeeding

During breastfeeding

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Who is it for?

Optibac Probiotics For Women contains friendly bacteria strains especially found in the vaginal & urinary tracts, scientifically proven to reach the intimate area, and to complement the vaginal flora. It's suitable for women of all ages and is backed by over 30 years of research.

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Optibac Probiotics Strains

  • Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®
  • Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®
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  • Product Description

    Friendly bacteria 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 £500,000! 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.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents into cool food/drinks.
    • Can be taken intensively or on an ongoing basis (daily).
    • For Women can safely be taken alongside other supplements in the Optibac Probiotics 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.

    Optibac Probiotics For Women 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 live cultures for women?

    Most friendly bacteria supplements are suitable for all genders. However, several strains, such as Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®* and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®*, and Lactobacillus paracasei F-19®, have been shown to survive to reach the vaginal flora. They are regarded as specific vaginal live cultures and can be found in the Optibac Probiotics For Women supplement.

    What are women’s live cultures good for?

    Friendly bacteria for women help to support the vaginal flora, even when taken orally1. 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).

    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 contains strains used in gold standard clinical trials 2-4  at the same strength of 2.5 billion live cultures per capsule daily. 

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

    Even when taken orally, vaginal live cultures, such as those in Optibac Probiotics For Women, are proven to reach the vagina alive in 3-4 days.  They have been shown in clinical trials5 to colonise in the vagina after just one week.

    When is the best time to take friendly bacteria for women?

    Even though live cultures 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 friendly bacteria 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 live cultures into the gut. However, if you forget to take them with breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.

    How long do you need to take women’s live cultures for?

    This depends on your individual needs. Occasional users might choose a seven-day intensive course, 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.

    Are women’s friendly bacteria safe during pregnancy?

    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.

    Will vaginal live cultures help my digestion?

    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.

    Who can take vaginal live cultures?

     Vaginal live cultures supplements, such as Optibac Probiotics For Women, are designed to complement the natural vaginal flora. They may be appropriate and helpful for cis women, trans men, or non-binary people with a vagina. 

    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.

    *Health professionals can read more about these strains on the Probiotics Database: Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1®

    Safety

    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.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic 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 Probiotics supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

  • Ingredients

    Ingredients

    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.

    Suitability

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

    Optibac Probiotics For Women 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 Optibac Probiotics For Women no dairy and vegan?

    Yes, For Women is a no dairy and vegan supplement. This means it’s one of the best live cultures 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 Optibac Probiotics 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

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    Customer reviews

    • Re: For Women. One day I went to my local health food store for my normal Optibac and the sales assistant recommended the Optibac for Women. I bought a jar of 30 capsules! After 25 days I returned and purchased 90 capsules and haven't looked back. It also provides good bacteria for the vagina - I never have any odour. I don't know how it works but it does.

      Sharon - 26th August 2022

    • This product works! I am in menopause. It truly works! I love this product.

      Anne - 21st August 2022

    • The product is good for women and I love this product. After one month of using this product, my body is feeling better, and I enjoy my life more. Thanks

      Hoai - 16th August 2022

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    • Friday 30th September 2022 ​
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