Being a woman is great, really great. Like so many things, this awesomeness doesn’t come “no strings attached.” As a woman and educated consumer, there are a lot of health considerations to make. Lately, probiotics seem to be an ever-relevant consideration in this ongoing discussion.

Why Probiotics Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Regulate Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Being a woman makes you more susceptible to IBS. To put that in perspective consider that of the one in five Americans who suffer from IBS, 75 percent are women, reported the US Department of Health and Human Services.  For those who suffer from IBS, you know firsthand how terrible it can be. With constant bloating, bowel irregularity, cramping, and even constipation, everyday life with IBS can be a challenge.

This is where probiotics enter the scene. Although there haven’t been conclusive studies on IBS and probiotics, there’s enough compelling research to evaluate the role these beneficial microbes could play in the treatment of IBS.

Probiotics are believed to balance your gut’s underlying microbial ecology. The idea behind this notion is that the consumption of “good” bacteria will out-compete the bad stuff, restoring harmony within the gut. With this becoming a more widely accepted belief, researchers put these microbes to the test.

“For instance, in a review in the journal Gastrointerology and Hepatology, a probiotic combination called VSL#3 that contains live bacteria including Bifidobaterium, Lactobacillus, and Streptococcus salivarius, patients saw a significant decrease in bloating symptoms,” reported Newsmax.

Combat Vaginal Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections. They can strike at any moment and age. These aggressive yeasts don’t discriminate when the right conditions prevail.  Overpopulation of yeasts in this area result in the common yeast infection. Though harmless in normal, naturally occurring levels, too much of the wrong yeasts can cause itching, burning, and vaginal discomfort.

With three of every four women experiencing a yeast infection at some point in their life, medical professionals are looking to alternative preventive and treatment methods.  Yes, probiotics made the list. And, yes, there have been promising results. Just like probiotics in the gut, researchers have observed these microbes work their magic in the vaginal area. Certain strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus are celebrated for their pH-balancing acts, making them a key player in restoring vaginal health.

Integrating probiotics in your daily routine is easy and effective. “A recent Italian study proved that a group of women who placed a probiotic tablet in their vagina consistently for five weeks saw their rates for yeast infections drop by a whopping 87 percent,” reported Bustle. Whao, that’s huge!

Determine What Works Best for You

One of the best things about being women is how different we are from one another. With that in mind, experiment and decide what works best for you.

Maybe it’s probiotics, maybe it’s something else.