[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11826″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Women’s Intimate or Vaginal Health is not something that most women like discussing but with 75% of women suffering from thrush at least once in their lives and 50% of women affected by cystitis and 1 in 3 women affected by bacterial vaginosis it is a conversation that the majority of women are going to have to have because unfortunately it is not one of these things that goes away all by itself if ignored.

There are many over the counter remedies and traditional treatments that have been tried and tested throughout the years but personally I think that unless the bacteria environment of the vagina is brought back into balance problems can be reoccurring. The majority of people at this stage know that beneficial bacteria have multiple health benefits and indeed it is hard to be on top form if your bacterial flora is out of whack!! But what most people do not know is that different strains of bacteria naturally live in different parts of the body, therefore the issue or problem determines what probiotic to take.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the issues of women’s intimate health we recommend Optibac ‘For Women’. It contains two highly researched strains of live cultures, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14, which have been clinically trialled by over 2,500 women around the world. The two strains in this product are proven to survive to reach the intimate area, and have been found in the intimate area three days after first taking the supplement. This live cultures supplement is safe and appropriate for women in the menopause, as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, it is not recommended however for girls under the age of 4. We happen to have Optibac For Women on offer this month with 14 capsules down from €9.95 to €8.29 and 30 capsules down from €17.27 to €8.29, if you would like to know a bit more about Optibac ‘For Women’ have a read of their blog here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]There are of course lifestyle factors that are certainly worth considering if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from intimate issues, diet would be quite important and reducing your intake of sugars and refined carbohydrates is recommended as these can feed harmful bacteria and yeasts. Increase your water intake and avoid using harsh wipes, douches and soaps in the intimate area, as these can upset the natural vaginal pH. We would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Unscented Soaps or Multi-Gyn IntiFresh intimate wipes as well using Natracare organic cotton tampons and pads.  Wearing natural fibers like cotton, or even better bamboo like our Boody Eco Wear range, would help too![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”11828″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row]