Have you been treated for a Bladder Infection? In addition to taking the prescribed antibiotics, it’s also been shown that a healthy dose of probiotics can help reduce the risk of having a recurrent infection.
What’s up down there? Well, we know that lactobacillus, which are 1 of the 2 types of bacteria in Probiotics are part of the normal bacteria that keep the vagina healthy.
The other bacterial type commonly found in probiotics are bifidobacterium. What lactobacilli do is keep the vagina slightly acidic, which prevents overgrowth of the harmful bacteria that cause most of the infections that like to migrate toward the bladder causing all kinds of havoc.
Most of the harmful bacteria comes from our own intestines, and since bacteria are constantly on the move looking for a warm environment to grow, spread, multiply and cause infection, they inevitably try to find their way to the bladder. Some of these nasty microbes hitch a ride on the expressway of vaginal secretions during sex, and others make their way more slowly. In any case, these bacteria have to get past the vagina to get to the opening of the urinary tract, the urethral opening. If there’s plenty of lactobacilli in the vagina, the will be lower which means that most of the harmful bacteria won’t be able to continue their journey, as they wither in the acidic environment.
What about prevention? Yes, making sure the vagina is happy and has plenty of lactobacilli is always a good idea, not only to prevent bladder infections, but to prevent yeast and bacterial infections there as well. I often recommend eating yogurt with active cultures for my patients and also using a probiotic supplement.