Do Probiotics Really Improve Health in Women?

Interview Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor can discuss whether one should utilize probiotics. As you will find, this is a million-dollar question with a complicated answer.

Talking Points from Dr. Mimi Secor 
on Probiotics:

Probiotics are promoted as the best thing since sliced bread as far as benefiting the vagina. Unfortunately, the scientific evidence is not so clear. Manufacturers of Over-the-counter products can make any claim they want without research to back up these claims. This is a huge problem for the consumer.

Medical research on probiotics and vaginal health has been challenging. Theoretically, probiotics should benefit the vaginal but most research has shown that exogenous (a product is taken by the consumer) probiotics are not nearly as effective as endogenous probiotics produced by women themselves.

One study found that the inactive base the probiotics were mixed with actually inactivated the live probiotics and therefore the product was ineffective.

Women are better served by taking other measures such as:

  1. Getting adequate sleep
  2. Following a healthy diet without excessive sugar or carbs
  3. Reducing stress
  4. Using condoms
  5. Seeking care (and an accurate diagnosis) when they have symptoms of an infection because self-diagnosis is not very accurate
  6. Avoiding douching since this can remove good vaginal bacteria (our own probiotics) and also increase the risk of ovarian cancer (new research)


Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor,
 DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Nurse Practitioner, Educator, Health/Fitness Advocate. She is also a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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