March 11, 2017, 11:22 am
Do you have discomfort in your intimate area after antibiotic treatment? Itching, burning, unusual discharge — these symptoms may indicate bacterial vaginosis. How to prevent its occurrence and what to do if the balance of the vaginal microflora is disturbed?
Normally, most (90%) of the microflora of the vagina are lactobacilli. They create an acidic environment that performs a protective function and prevents the development of pathogenic and opportunistic microorganisms. But lactobacilli are very sensitive to antibiotics. Under their influence, they die, the protective function of the female genital organs weakens accordingly, and favorable conditions are created for the active growth and reproduction of pathogenic bacteria.
What should be of concern?
A characteristic sign of bacterial vaginosis is abundant white liquid discharge, which has a characteristic unpleasant odor. Itching, burning, irritation, feeling of excess moisture, sometimes pain during intimacy can also disturb.
But it also happens that vaginal dysbacteriosis is almost asymptomatic. However, that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.
Violation of the intimate microflora can lead to serious complications.
For example, to cause infertility, disrupt the normal course of pregnancy, and create favorable conditions for inflammatory and oncological diseases of the female genital organs. Therefore, it is better to take care of prevention in advance, and if you notice the first alarming symptoms, immediately start treatment.
How to prevent the development of vaginal dysbacteriosis?
To reduce the risk of bacterial vaginosis while taking antibiotics, it is recommended to take probiotics. These drugs contribute to the normalization of the balance of the intestinal microflora, and, accordingly, the vagina too (the relationship between them has been confirmed by scientists).
Therefore, with bacterial vaginosis, which arose as a result of intestinal dysbacteriosis, local treatment alone is not enough. You need a course of probiotics. Proven efficacy has, for example, the drug Laktovit Forte.
Unlike most other probiotics, Laktovit Forte contributes to the restoration of native microflora, and does not try to replace it with strains unusual for it. It eliminates the manifestations of intestinal dysbacteriosis and, accordingly, the vagina, improves local immunity and reduces the risk of recurrence of gynecological diseases. Lactovit Forte contains spores of lactobacillus bacillus coagulans (B. coagulans), folic acid (vitamin B9) and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12).
Laktovit Forte contains spores of bacteria that remain viable when ingested. There they are activated and in the duodenum they turn into beneficial microorganisms that produce a special lactic acid. It creates the optimal acidity of the environment for the development of its own beneficial intestinal microflora and has an antibacterial effect. Thanks to a combination of special bacteria, folic acid and vitamin B12, Laktovit Forte restores the intestinal mucosa, normalizes the processes of digestion and absorption of nutrients. Vitamins B9 and B12 accelerate the action of B. coagulans, have an immunomodulatory effect, and increase the body’s resistance to infection. It is important that B. coagulans bacteria do not colonize the intestinal mucosa and are gradually eliminated from the gastrointestinal tract, providing a long-term therapeutic effect after the end of their intake.
The drug can be used by pregnant women and children from the first months of life.
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Lactovit Forte, capsules. R.P. Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. UA/0160/01/01 dated 09.12.2013 is valid until 09.12.2018.
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