Trying to develop the perfect Lactobacillus capsule

October 1, 2006

While researchers have shown that Lactobacillus crispatus can effectively recolonize the vagina with normal flora, they continue to have trouble creating a viable formulation, according to Dr. Sharon Hillier of the Magee-Women's Research Institute. Two issues remain: They have yet to develop a capsule that does not interfere with normal vaginal flora, and they're still contending with the innate inability of Lactobacillus crispatus to colonize the vagina in the presence of native Lactobacilli crispatus. As noted by one presenter, despite the common belief to the contrary, Lactobacillus acidophilus, commonly found in yogurt, has not been proven effective in the treatment of vaginal infections.

While researchers have shown that Lactobacillus crispatus can effectively recolonize the vagina with normal flora, they continue to have trouble creating a viable formulation, according to Dr. Sharon Hillier of the Magee-Women's Research Institute. Two issues remain: They have yet to develop a capsule that does not interfere with normal vaginal flora, and they're still contending with the innate inability of Lactobacillus crispatus to colonize the vagina in the presence of native Lactobacilli crispatus. As noted by one presenter, despite the common belief to the contrary, Lactobacillus acidophilus, commonly found in yogurt, has not been proven effective in the treatment of vaginal infections.