Do Probiotic Supplements Work For Yeast Infections?

If you are a woman who frequently gets yeast infections, then probiotic supplements might be able to help. Yeast infections are very uncomfortable and can be very hard to get rid of unless you have the right treatment. The typical treatment prescribed by gynecologists is an oral or topical antifungal medication. Such treatments are also available over-the-counter without a prescriptions. However, alternate treatments are also available and may by helpful in some cases. The may also work as a preventative measure. If you are a woman who is tired of getting yeast infections, then read on to learn about probiotics — one such alternative treatment that may be able to help you to get rid of them for good.

What happens when you get a yeast infection is yeast builds up in the vagina causing the symptoms that you experience. When the doctor prescribes an antifungal medication, they kill the excess yeast that are present. While topical medications generally have few side effects, oral medications can sometimes cause headaches, nausea, or abdominal pain.

When it comes to prevention, some studies have shown evidence that probiotic supplements can help to prevent vaginal yeast infections from occurring in the first place. While more research is needed to prove a definitive connection, the results so far are very encouraging.

When you are considering taking probiotics supplements to fight yeast infections, you should check with your doctor and confirm that this is a good solution for you. But preventing them before they happen is a much better solution than treating them after they occur. It’s also likely to be less expensive. And, as a bonus, probiotics provide additional health benefits for your digestive system. So they are definitely worth checking out. Contact your doctor and give them a try.

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  1. Editor says:

    Cha, you are right. Yeast is a fungus and doctors prescribe antifungal medication, not antibiotics. There are some bacterial infections that have similar symptoms to yeast infections, and in those cases doctors do prescribe antibiotics.

    Thanks for pointing out the error in this article! We’ve update it to reflect more accurate information.

  2. Cha says:

    Wait, I thought yeast was a fungus. Is it also a bacteria, too? Do doctors really prescribe antibiotics for yeast?

  3. Editor says:

    M., I am sorry to say that I don’t know the particular strains that are most helpful for yeast infections. But we will do some research and follow up with a new article. Thanks for your question!

  4. M. Hopson says:

    YouTube has several good videos that also mention useful info about the various probiotic strains. Some of the the strains are good and some are bad strains and not all the same strains are present in all the probiotic food sources. With that in mind, what are the strains that do help with yeast infections?

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