There are many tweets and articles warning women not to put garlic cloves into their vagina, and even more articles about the antifungal effects of garlic over a vaginal yeast infection. Whom to trust?
The sings of an oncoming yeast infection can appear anytime: irritation, burning sensation and discharge. The excessive fungi buildup can flourish in any moist region, making the vagina the perfect environment for its development.
There are various causes for the appearance of yeast infection: stress, recently intake of antibiotics or weak immune system. Unfortunately, many women face with yeast infection at least 4 times a year – the reason why many women have devised creative home remedies for calming down the vaginal itch. I’ve read a lot of home solution for yeast infection: some women freeze yogurt and insert them into their vaginas, and other insert the most-used culinary spice: garlic.
Is introducing garlic in your vagina ok?
According to Dr. Jennifer Gunter, who is known for frequently challenging dubious medical claims, explains the several reasons why putting garlic in your nether regions is a bad idea. “Garlic contains allicin, in THE LAB it MAY have antifungal properties. This is in a lab, not even in mice. Just a dish of cells. Your vagina is not a dish of cells.”
Furthermore, she explains how dangerous is to introduce garlic in your vagina: “You know why you refrigerate home made garlic vinaigrette? So any clostridium bacteria laying around on the garlic doesn’t produce botulinum toxin. Right. The vagina is an anaerobic environment, so perfect for clostridium.”
Finally, as if you needed more reasons not to put garlic in your vagina, Gunter warns that the spicy vegetable may also cause your vagina to grow a microorganism-filled biofilm, which is also troubling: “Garlic can cause biofilms on braces, so could garlic contribute to biofilms in the vagina? Biologically plausible. Biofilms are bad. You do not want them to form especially when you have yeast.”
Who gave birth to this idea, anyway?
There is some information that there’s a compound in garlic, called allicin, that is considered fungicidal. In the lab it looks as though it has antifungal activity. There have been some animal studies that look interesting. Theoretically it makes a lot of sense. But you don’t know how much garlic you need or how effective it is. However, introducing a garlic clove in your vagina it will really treat what’s going on in the vagina or it simply just sit there with all the active ingredients inside the garlic clove?
As Dr. Jennifer Gunter would say: “For garlic to even have any medical effect it has to be crushed or chopped, so putting a whole clove in your vagina will do absolutely nothing!”
So, before trying any other awkward remedy in order to treat a yeast infection, you should better see a doctor. He will get a culture to identify which type of yeast is causing the infection. In most women it’s going to be Candida albicans, which is the most common cause of yeast infections.