We're very pleased to announce our partnership with international women's rights charity, Womankind Worldwide, to coincide with the launch of our new product, OptiBac Probiotics 'For women'. For every pack purchased of 'For women', we will be donating at least 20p - 30p (depending on pack size) to Womankind.

As a growing, family run business, we've always been keen to 'give back', and we regularly donate to a number of charities with our work (you can read more about our work with charities here). We saw the launch of 'For women' as an exciting opportunity to work with a women's rights organisation - a matter very close to our hearts, and one (like women's intimate health in many ways) that we think is sadly often overlooked.

Womankind Worldwide

Womankind is the leading UK charity dedicated to promoting women's rights around the world. They work with partner organisations in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, to transform women's lives, in particular with the aims to: end violence against women, make sure women have an equal say, and to build support for women's rights internationally. We're big fans of their work, and in particular the way that Womankind partners with local organisations in each country, engaging at a grassroots level and working with them in the best given capacity, as opposed to imposing their views on how things ought to be done! Womankind Worldwide focus on a number of different issues, including some related specifically to health, for example education around the Ebola virus, as well as in a number of countries, awareness and education about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM):

'In Ethiopia, in one year our partners have helped nearly 10,000 girls to stay in school. Increased awareness means fewer girls undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and marry in their teens. In one school 7 out of 10 girls used to drop out during the traditional time of year for FGM ceremonies, now just 2 out of 10 girls do.'
Disha from Womankind Worldwide
Disha Sughand, head of fundraising/marketing at Womankind, visited to tell us more
What do women's rights and women's probiotics have in common?
Whilst this may not seem an obvious partnership at first, if you ask me, the question of women's intimate health is a feminist issue! The way we communicate with women in our culture about intimate health is questionable. For example the idea that women should look and smell a certain way, even 'down there', the marketing of soaps for the intimate area, the practice of douching... the same simply doesn't exist for men. And what many people don't know is that all of this (eg. use of soaps or douching) can actually upset the natural vaginal pH, and disturb the body's natural balance of intimate flora - often this causes issues such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis! I think this lack of understanding of women's intimate health is a feminist issue, and one that we'd like to help correct! So perhaps not such a far fetched match after all. Of course Womankind is working with women's rights on an entirely different level, and one that we admire hugely.

OptiBac Probiotics 'For women'

The new product 'For women', is an oral supplement, containing two strains of natural bacteria, L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14, which are hugely researched, and proven to reach the intimate flora. To celebrate its launch, we will be posting various women's health tips for two weeks, on Facebook and Twitter, so give us a follow, look out for the hashtag #Forwomen, and please let us know if you have any tips to add, or any questions for our nutritional therapists.

OptiBac Probiotics 'For women' comes in two pack sizes, and is available today. Find out more on the product page, For women.
To find out more about Womankind Worldwide why not give them a follow on Twitter @Woman_kind.

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