The Role of Probiotics in the Treatment and Reoccurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis: A Systematic Review
Objective: To determine whether taking probiotics decreases the incidence of recurrent bacterial vaginosis in women of child bearing years.
Methods: A systemic literature review was conducted using online databases such as MEDLINE, PubMed, JAAPA, Epocrates, and CDC. 22 journal articles were available using the key words in medline, 10 were reviewed, and 6 were included in this report.
Results: After reviewing 6 meta-analyses that reviewed the role of probiotics in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, some researched claimed probiotics were more effective, of equal effectiveness, and were less effective than antibiotics. The role of probiotics may be beneficial in the treatment in bacterial vaginosis.
Conclusion: Due to the limited research, it cannot be determined whether or not probiotic treatment alone is associated with lower recurrence rates of bacterial vaginosis. In the meantime, probiotics can be added to the treatment regime of antibiotics and may help decrease recurrence.
Keywords: bacterial vaginosis, probiotics, prevention, incidence, recurrence, and treatment
Smith, Alexandra, "The Role of Probiotics in the Treatment and Reoccurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis: A Systematic Review" (2023). Summer Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. 144.