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A Healthy Gut and the Menopause, What's the Connection?

Taking care of gut health is crucial during menopause, and it can help women feel better overall.


As well, supplementing with a good probiotic may be beneficial.

When it comes to choosing a probiotic supplement, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, look for a supplement that contains a variety of different strains of bacteria. Different strains of bacteria can have different effects on the body, so a supplement with a range of strains can help provide maximum benefits.


Choose a supplement that has a high enough concentration of bacteria. This is measured in colony-forming units (CFUs), and a good probiotic supplement should contain at least 10 billion CFUs.

In terms of specific strains, there are a few that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for menopausal women. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus have been shown to help reduce vaginal dryness and promote vaginal health, which can be particularly important during menopause.


Another strain to look out for is Bifidobacterium lactis, which has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the gut and support immune function.


Overall, when choosing a probiotic supplement, look for one that contains a variety of strains, a high concentration of bacteria, and specific strains that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for menopausal women. And as always, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian before starting any new supplements.



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