The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The status of probiotics to prevent VVC

    Probiotics have been studied to prevent recurrences of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC).

    Despite mixed reports on their effectiveness probiotics might have a role under limited circumstances.

    Lactobacilli (especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14) administered by mouth or intravaginally to colonize the vagina and prevent colonization and infection by C. albicans fungi has been studied with mixed results.

    Despite this, one review of the literature concluded that the empirical use of probiotics might be considered in women with frequent recurrence of VVC (more than three episodes per year), especially in patients who have adverse effects from or contraindications for the use of antifungal agents, since adverse effects of probiotics are very rare.

    It is likely we will here more about this treatment option for VVC in the future.

    12/16/06 19:25 JR

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