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Probiotics help treat recurring urinary tract infections

Taking a vaginal probiotic, either on its own or with an oral probiotic, for four months reduced the incidence of urinary tract infections in women with a history of recurring UTIs

By Grace Wade

2 January 2024

Probiotic pills and vaginal tablets can help reduce UTIs


Vaginal probiotics reduce the incidence of recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). The finding suggests the treatment is a promising alternative to antibiotics, many of which are no longer effective against UTIs.

UTIs occur when pathogens enter and infect the urinary tract, causing painful burning sensations, frequent urination and cramping. They are commonly treated with antibiotics, though many of the bacteria that cause UTIs have developed resistance to…

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