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Anyone Use Fem-dophilus to Help Prevent UTI?

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  • Posted By: pandagirl
  • December 12, 2008
  • 00:16 AM

I average 5 UTIs a year. I don't usually get E. Coli, but other bacteria. I've heard that taking fem-dophilus (probiotic) might help replace the bad bacteria in the vagina with good bacteria, therefore reducing the number of UTIs. My problem is that I can't take it orally due to a problem with my immune system. I've heard of several people taking it vaginally. If any of you insert it vaginally, how often do you take it? Once a week, twice a week, more often? How has it worked? I'd like to try it, as I've tried everything else.

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  • I average 5 UTIs a year. I don't usually get E. Coli, but other bacteria. I've heard that taking fem-dophilus (probiotic) might help replace the bad bacteria in the vagina with good bacteria, therefore reducing the number of UTIs. My problem is that I can't take it orally due to a problem with my immune system. I've heard of several people taking it vaginally. If any of you insert it vaginally, how often do you take it? Once a week, twice a week, more often? How has it worked? I'd like to try it, as I've tried everything else. Please explain your problem with your immune system...what exactly do you have? Vaginal insertion is very effective - break open a capsule and mix with plain unsweetened yogurt, or you can just insert into the vagina without the yogurt. Do this every night for at least two weeks. What is your diet like and what do you drink/eat on a daily basis? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 04:47 AM
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  • Thanks for replying. My immune system is suppressed due to medication I have to take. Its a side effect of the meds. My diet is pretty healthy. I eat whole grains, poultry, not alot of sugar, very little red meat, veggies, fruits, etc. I try to drink alot of fluids. The only bad habit I have is drinking diet soda, but I've cut back on that alot. I'm trying to drink mostly water. After using the capsules for the 2 week period, how often do you need to use them to maintain a balance? I read that the good bacteria need to be replenished, and don't survive forever. I'm post-menopausal and have been taking a vaginal hormone to help the balance also. My doctor said that after menopause, the lactobacillus depletes and UTIs can result. The topical estrogen helps to improve the environment for lactobacillus. Everything is so complicated!
    pandagirl 2 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 05:46 AM
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  • Thanks for replying. My immune system is suppressed due to medication I have to take. Its a side effect of the meds. My diet is pretty healthy. I eat whole grains, poultry, not alot of sugar, very little red meat, veggies, fruits, etc. I try to drink alot of fluids. The only bad habit I have is drinking diet soda, but I've cut back on that alot. I'm trying to drink mostly water. After using the capsules for the 2 week period, how often do you need to use them to maintain a balance? I read that the good bacteria need to be replenished, and don't survive forever. I'm post-menopausal and have been taking a vaginal hormone to help the balance also. My doctor said that after menopause, the lactobacillus depletes and UTIs can result. The topical estrogen helps to improve the environment for lactobacillus. Everything is so complicated! What medications are you currently taking?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 04:00 AM
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  • I take prednisone, tacrolimus and cellcept. They lower your immune system (post-transplant). That's why I am not supposed to take a probiotic orally. There is a slight chance I could get a blood infection from it. However, taking it topically is o.k.
    pandagirl 2 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 07:13 PM
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  • Hi Pandagirl, I also am on the same immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant and have been taking probiotics for years with no problems. I'm very surprised to hear your doctor told you you can't take a probiotic with immunosuppressants. My doctor doesn't have any problem with me taking them, both my transplant team and my nephrologist support me taking them. It hasn't caused any problems for 8 years! I've never heard of getting a blood infection from it. Go to kidneyspace.com
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