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Probiotics for vaginal health in South Africa: what is on retailers’ shelves?

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Women's Health, January 2017
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Title
Probiotics for vaginal health in South Africa: what is on retailers’ shelves?
Published in
BMC Women's Health, January 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12905-017-0362-6
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Authors

Anna-Ursula Happel, Shameem Z. Jaumdally, Tanya Pidwell, Tracy Cornelius, Heather B. Jaspan, Remy Froissart, Shaun L. Barnabas, Jo-Ann S. Passmore

Abstract

Probiotics are widely used to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health, but they may also be useful to prevent or treat gynaecological disorders, including bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candidiasis. BV prevalence is high in South Africa and is associated with increased HIV risk and pregnancy complications. We aimed to assess the availability of probiotics for vaginal health in retail stores (pharmacies, supermarkets and health stores) in two major cities in South Africa. A two-stage cluster sampling strategy was used in the Durban and Cape Town metropoles. Instructions for use, microbial composition, dose, storage and manufacturers' details were recorded. A total of 104 unique probiotics were identified in Cape Town and Durban (66.4% manufactured locally). Cape Town had more products than Durban (94 versus 59 probiotics), although 47% were common between cities (49/104). Only four products were explicitly for vaginal health. The remainder were for GI health in adults (51.0%) or infants (17.3%). The predominant species seen overall included Lactobacillus acidophilus (53.5%), L. rhamnosus (37.6%), Bifidobacterium longum ssp. longum (35.6%) and B. animalis ssp. lactis (33.7%). Products for vaginal health contained only common GI probiotic species, with a combination of L. acidophilus/B. longum ssp. longum/B. bifidum, L. rhamnosus/L. reuteri or L. rhamnosus alone, despite L. crispatus, L. gasseri, and L. jensenii being the most common commensals found in the lower female reproductive tract. This survey highlights the paucity of vaginal probiotics available in South Africa, where vaginal dysbiosis is common. Most vaginal products contained organisms other than female genital tract commensals.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 15 23%
Other 10 15%
Student > Postgraduate 8 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 5%
Other 8 12%
Unknown 13 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 8%
Social Sciences 4 6%
Other 10 15%
Unknown 16 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 March 2017.
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#4,304,761
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Outputs from BMC Women's Health
#271
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Outputs of similar age
#143,138
of 313,191 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Women's Health
#6
of 14 outputs
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