How does vaginal health change as we age?
A healthy vaginal microbiome means the “good bacteria” is at a higher level and the “bad bacteria” is kept at a lower level. As women transition from perimenopause to postmenopause, vaginal pH may increase as estrogen fluctuates, which means that the vaginal microbiome becomes more susceptible to harmful bacteria. This can cause an increase in UTI’s, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections. Vaginal and vulvar dryness can also become irritating when estrogen levels decrease, leaving intimate tissue thinner with less blood flow.
Who should take a vaginal probiotic?
The good news is a vaginal probiotic can help restore the healthy levels of “good bacteria” in the vaginal microbiome and help in preventing discomfort or infections. Adding a vaginal probiotic to your routine can play a huge role in prevention of irritable infections or discomfort by establishing healthy levels of good bacteria.
If you’re someone who has experienced UTIs, BV, or yeast infections, chances are you’ve been prescribed antibiotics to help treat these conditions. Antibiotics work by killing bacteria, but they don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. This means after taking antibiotics you’re more likely to have an imbalanced vaginal microbiome because some of that good bacteria was wiped out along with the bad. This can result in further pH issues or dryness, thus repeating the cycle.
The short story? If you’ve been on antibiotics more than once this year, you’ll probably benefit from probiotics helping to support the growth and maintenance of good bacteria in your vaginal microbiome.
Why pick Purevee vaginal probiotics?
We love our partnership with Purevee’s vaginal probiotics because their formula contains the two bacterial strains with the most data and research behind them that specifically impact the vaginal microbiome: Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. There are many probiotics on the market with formulas that do absolutely nothing for the vaginal microbiome so it’s important to be picky! Not only that, Purevee supports gut health as well, so you can rest assured you’re getting multiple health benefits with one easy addition to your regimen per day.
What else should I be incorporating in a healthy vaginal routine?
We recommend pairing a vaginal probiotic supplement with a vaginal moisturizer which will help rehydrate irritated, dry, or atrophied vaginal or vulvar tissue over time. Unlike lubricants which are only formulated to decrease the friction associated with intimate activity, vaginal moisturizers are formulated to stay on the skin and provide long-term moisturizing benefits. Kindra’s V Relief Serum is a great option for when sensitivity, irritation, or severe dryness are bothersome and the Daily Vaginal Lotion is perfect for when mild to moderate dryness is the main concern. Both formulas are hormone-free and work effectively as a replacement to or in place of hormone replacement therapy regimen. They were both developed in partnership with renowned chemists and OBGYNs to create safe and effective vaginal health solutions for women.