Can You Put Probiotics In Your Vag? – You Shouldn’t!
The studies are pretty conclusive in that certain probiotic strains have a high chance of providing benefits.
This guide will take a deeper look and explain things.
How Probiotics May Help With Vaginal Health
The probiotic bacteria first works inside of your microbiome and then influences your vagina!
Probiotic supplements and foods containing the Lactobacillus Probiotic bacteria strain may help restore any vaginal imbalance and thus ease symptoms in some but no all people.
It has been well studied that certain probiotic strains may help improve symptoms of imbalances in vaginal bacteria.
Furthermore, some studies have also claimed that they may even help prevent cases. (2)
While this does sound promising it has to be mentioned that these studies are preliminary and not everyone experiences benefits.
Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections can occur from an imbalance of Lactobacillus bacteria. Changes in Vaginal PH balance can cause symptoms such as bad fish smelling odor and general itchiness and discomfort. (3)
You should always consult with a medical professional first if you experience any symptoms and never use probiotics as a replacement to any prescribed medication. You may need to use antibiotics prescribed by a Doctor.
Can You Put Probiotic Supplements In Your Vag?
Yes, you CAN put some probiotic supplements in your vagina but you SHOULDN'T!
Most probiotic supplements tend to be for oral use but you can you buy some probiotics as a suppository (in your vagina).
Standard gelatin or vegetarian oral probiotic capsules will not dissolve in your vagina and could make things worse.
Some capsules can be opened easily and the probiotic powder inside of the capsule can easily be used. It possible to spread this powder in and around your vagina but I would not recommend doing this.
This is how taking probiotic capsules orally can help your vagina.
- 1Ingest the Lactobacillus probiotic supplement.
- 2Let it pass through your digestive tract.
- 3The probiotic bacteria will grow in your microbiome and then spread to your vagina.
Putting the oral probiotic capsule in your vagina will not allow the billions of probiotic bacteria too grow.
What Probiotic Strain Is Best For Your Vagina?
Check out this video from The Doctors.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus May Work Best!
The human vagina is said to host over 50 species of Lactobacillus bacteria and so because of that foods and supplements with Lactobacillus bacteria may work best. (4)
Studies dating back to 1996 show that women who ate yogurts with the Lactobacillus Acidophilus strain had a larger amount of Lactobacillus bacteria in their vagina's. (5)
In a separate study the Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus probiotic strain showed improvements in women with vaginal dysbiosis. (6)
Can You Put Probiotic Yogurt In Your Vag?
You should never put yogurts or fermented foods like kimchi in your vagina. This is dangerous and can make any infections worse and cause injury.
Most store bought yogurts contain a lot of sugar which can make yeast infections worse. (7) Kimchi contains chilli which could cause pain and injury.
Here Is What Reddit Has To Say
EnnuiEmily had chronic bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections for around 3 years. She tried many OTC anti-fungals.
She even tried putting yogurt and garlic in her vagina which she claims led to a nasty UTI.
(DO NOT DO THIS)
Her Doctor prescribed vaginal suppositories that did not work for her.
Another doctor prescribed Metronidazole which also did not work.
Eventually she did her own research and started taking a 300-billion CFU oral probiotic capsule daily and after 1 week her symptoms started to clear.
Summing Everything UP
There are studies dating back 25+ years that show the benefits of Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria on vaginal health.
Reports from females on Reddit and other social platforms also seem to back up the claims that Lactobacillus bacteria may help some lady's with vaginal health.
Taking Probiotics orally may work best for any imbalances in vaginal bacteria. It's important to use probiotic's that contain Lactobacillus bacteria.
Make sure to use probiotics daily and also one that is at least 1-billion CFU plus per serving. Results don't happen over night and it does take time. Not everyone will experience benefits.