While probiotics may help prevent yeast infections by promoting a healthy vaginal microbiome, they are generally not considered a primary treatment for an active yeast infection. If you suspect you have a yeast infection, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
The most common treatment for a yeast infection is antifungal medication, such as a topical cream, suppository, or oral medication. These medications work by targeting the overgrowth of Candida fungus and reducing symptoms such as itching, burning, and discharge.
However, some research suggests that probiotics may be used in conjunction with antifungal medication to improve treatment outcomes and reduce the risk of recurrent infections. For example, taking probiotics may help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina and reduce the risk of reinfection after completing a course of antifungal medication.
It’s important to note that not all probiotics are created equal, and the specific strains and dosage may vary depending on the individual. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement, including probiotics, especially if you have a history of yeast infections or other vaginal health concerns. A healthcare provider can help determine if probiotics are appropriate for your individual health needs and recommend specific strains and dosages based on your unique health goals and concerns.