Jarrow (sold globally as Astarte) has developed a probiotic formula (for oral use, gelatin or enteric coated capsules) for women to promote vaginal health. The products contain Lactobacillus crispatus, a desirable – but not readily available – probiotic bacteria. The product comes in cold-pack postage, which keeps the bacteria alive during transit. Keep refrigerated.

     Jarro-Dophilus contains: 

  • Lactobacillus crispatus  LbV 88
  • Lactobacillus jensenii  LbV 116
  • Lactobacillus gasseri  LbV 150N
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus  LbV 96

These bacteria have been found in healthy vaginas as the predominant species.

     Instructions and dose of Jarro-Dophilus Women
Suggested use is one capsule per day by mouth, or two capsules as needed or directed by your healthcare professional. The instructions recommend taking Jarro-dophilus one or two hours after antibiotics, and advise against using the gelatin or enteric-coating veggie capsules for vaginal use.

Store in a cool dry place. Does not require refrigeration if ambient temperatures are below 77F/25C. (If it’s summer where you are or you live in a hot country, keep in fridge.)

     Choosing the right Jarro-Dophilus Women product: 
There are four different boxes to choose from on the Jarrow website, with a three-pack of boxes available (other retailers may differ):

  1. Jarro-Dophilus Women 5 billion CFU, 30 caps, (cool ship, pack of three) – US$83.85
  2. Jarro-Dophilus Women 5 billion CFU, 60 caps, (cool ship, pack of three) – US$143.85
  3. Jarro-Dophilus Women 10 billion CFU, 30 caps, (cool ship, pack of three) – US$89.85
  4. Jarro-Dophilus Women 10 billion CFU, 60 caps (cool ship, pack of three) – US$149.85

     Cost of each dose
When it comes to probiotics, you need to take the CFU count into consideration. In this case, using the above numbers, you can expect to pay:

  1. 5bn CFU, 30 caps (3 boxes, so 90 caps total) – $0.93 per capsule
  2. 5bn CFU, 60 caps (3 boxes, so 180 caps total) – $0.80 per capsule
  3. 10bn CFU, 30 caps (3 boxes, so 90 caps total) – $1.00 per capsule
  4. 10bn CFU, 60 caps (3 boxes, so 180 caps total) – $0.83 per capsule – clearest value for money

     About the enteric coating
The enteric coated vegetable capsules are resistant to stomach acid, allowing the bacteria to arrive in the non-acidic intestine unharmed, with almost 100 per cent of the probiotics passing into the intestines.

     How to use Jarro-Dophilus Women vaginally – All Things Vagina recommendations
We advise you to buy some veggie caps yourself, and remove the contents from the gelatin cap and put it into the non-gelatin veggie cap, and insert deep vaginally as required or instructed by your health professional. You can find the full instructions here. 

     Ingredients of Jarro-Dophilus

  • Maltodextrin
  • Tapioca starch
  • Magnesium stearate (vegetable source)
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Vegetarian capsule consists of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose
  • pH-sensitive enteric coating consists of modified cellulose, magnesium silicate and triethyl citrate
  • No wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish, peanuts/tree nuts
  • Vegan


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