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Do probiotics help prevent a vaginal yeast infection?

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Some studies have shown that eating probiotic yogurt or taking Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements may slow the growth of yeast in the vagina, lowering the risk for infections. But more research is needed before a clear connection can be made.

From: Vaginal Yeast Infections WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "2010 STD Treatment Guidelines."

American Congress of Gynecologist and Obstetricians: “Vulvovaginal Health.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Mycopathologia: “Impact of eating probiotic yogurt on colonization by Candida species of the oral and vaginal mucosa in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women.”

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on March 24, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "2010 STD Treatment Guidelines."

American Congress of Gynecologist and Obstetricians: “Vulvovaginal Health.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Vaginal Yeast Infections.”

Mycopathologia: “Impact of eating probiotic yogurt on colonization by Candida species of the oral and vaginal mucosa in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women.”

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on March 24, 2017

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