Written by Kim Erickson
You’ve likely heard of probiotics—those beneficial microbes credited with supporting a healthy gut. But, while probiotics can be good for many, they are especially helpful for women because females tend to be affected by digestive problems more often than their male counterparts. For instance, did you know that women are two to six times more likely to experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than men? (10)(25) Women are also more prone to developing gallstones and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). (10) What causes these differences? According to preliminary research, one reason could be that the nerve cells in a woman’s intestinal tract are more sluggish, making them more vulnerable to digestive issues. (4) Fortunately, probiotics can help improve a woman’s gut health and ease symptoms.
But if you’re a woman, the health benefits of taking a probiotic supplement don’t stop with your gastrointestinal tract. A growing number of studies suggest that adding friendly flora to your supplement routine can also support vaginal health, healthy weight loss, and more. (32) Read on to discover the best probiotics for women’s health, as well as what to look for in a supplement.