Reflora Probiotics for Your Intimate Parts: Does It Help?
I tried out Reflora by Naturella Made. This product promises to provide you with "good bacteria" (probiotics) to fix problems down under. It promises to prevent or cure UTIs, yeast infections and more.
Why Did I Try Probiotics for my Female Parts?
Two years ago, I got severely sick. I had multiple rounds of antibiotics. At the time, I had three UTIs within a few months. After getting better (kinda), my body was completely confused due to all the antibiotics. My digestion was off-whack and worst of all, I had constant genital pain.
I'd seen three gynaecologists, none of whom could help, I'd switched my brand of lube (this actually helped a little), quit sex for three months (didn't help) and so on. Especially during my period the pains were horrible. I was taking eight aspirin a day.
Conditions improved thanks to healthy living, silicone-based lube and a genital cream (Saforella). Now I just had "discomfort."
I kept on my quest to find a cure and found a Reddit post about Reflora. I immediately ordered it. I'd do anything to get better!
Order & Delivery
We started off on a poor note. The website didn't work for me, so I couldn't complete the order.
I sent a message on Facebook before giving up. Guess what? They quickly replied, gave me a link and after I ordered they kept me up-to-date.
-1 for buggy website, +1 for customer service!
The Box & Ingredients
The box was surprisingly bulky. It claimed proudly that it was 100% made in the USA and listed the active ingredients:
- 30 billion colony-forming units for vaginal & urinal tract health.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Cranberry Concentrate
- Probiotic bacteria: Bacillus subtillis, Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus plantarum.
I Googled a couple of the bacteria listed and it checked out—research had proven beneficial effects. Nothing was established as an official treatment yet, it was all in the development stage. This made me feel like a frontier fighter! But it is also a reminder that we don't know yet what doses and what combination of bacteria would have the best results.
The huge box was filled to the brim with capsules packaged in sets of two. So most of the box was space filler. While this was easy - just grab a plastic to get your daily dose, I'd personally prefer two small bottles.
I have to admit that the capsules look very pretty - a deep dark red for the cranberry extract and a shiny cream color for the probiotics.
Did it help? Yes.
Am I happy? No.
On day one I noticed some improvement so I was stoked to see how much better my health would get by the time I finished all the capsules.
Well, in the end it didn't change much between the first and the last day. I'm not sure what to think... I'm happy with a teeny tiny little bit of improvement, but was it worth $35? Mmh....
Well, I'm not taking any aspirin anymore, but most of my results came from a healthy lifestyle & my body fighting to recover on its own. Reflora did help a little bit. I noticed feeling worse the days I skipped it in the early weeks. The day I finished the bottle and thus stopped taking it, it didn't get worse again, so that's good. I haven't gotten any infections, but I still experience genital pain during my period and after sex.
I guess my feelings and the results are easy to summarise:
It's been average. Not good, not bad.
Maybe the bacteria don't travel all the way to down under?
Probiotics are awesome for your gut, but this one targets your bladder and genitals. Maybe the problem is that most of the bacteria are stuck in your gut? But research did find positive effects.
However, research found most those results when women were taking the probiotics together with antibiotics - basically replacing your bad bacteria with good ones. It's been over a year since I had my series of antibiotic treatments, so maybe the bad colonies are killing of the good newcomers.
Conclusion in the end... I'm gonna keep trying.
Reflora by Naturella Made didn't have the effect I wanted, but I did see some improvement. After using my Google fu and reading some research about probiotics for genital health, I'm convinced this can help me. It's new, it's unknown, it's hit and miss. I will try out different brands. I've got another gynaecologist appointment next week and plan to ask her opinion too.