Yeast infection and yogurt seems like a really odd combination. So in order to answer this question we must first consider what the causes of yeast infection are. Yeast infections occur when pathogenic yeast cells, called Candida, take hold. Candida albicans are normally present in small amounts in the vaginal area. These small amounts are not an issue. However, it is not until these bactaria begin to multiply at a rapid pace that they cause what is known as a yeast infection.
So where does that get us and what does it have to do with yogurt? What we just mentioned above were the bad bacteria that are normally present in our system. However, we also have good bacteria that reside in our digestive and reproductive systems. The good bacteria in our system offset and help control the bad bacteria that cause yeast infections. These good bacteria are the same as the ones that are used to produce fermented foods like yogurt. Yogurt is created when these bacteria are added to milk in a controlled environment and allowed to ferment. So as you can see, the good bacteria in yogurt helps to fight the yeast.
Yogurt can be used both in your diet and by applying it directly to the infected region. Look for a plain, unsweetened yogurt when applying it directly to the infected area. When purchasing the yogurt look to see that the label mentions “lactobacillus acidophilus”, “live culture”, or “active culture”. Eating yogurt each day will help restore a healthy population of good bacteria in your system. This will also help prevent future yeast infections. The reason to use unsweetened yogurt to fight a yeast infection is that the sugar in other yogurt could make your infection worse. That sugar is actually a food source for the bad bacteria.
There is also another way to use yogurt to treat a yeast infection. If you decide on the less conventional approach of applying the yogurt to the infected area here are some steps to follow. One way to do this is to dip a tampon in plain yogurt and then insert it into the vagina. Try this a couple times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Remove the yogurt after an hour or so each time you do this. Some people have claimed that freezing the yogurt helps relief symptoms as well. You can either freeze the yogurt covered tampon or put yogurt in the fingers of a sterile plastic glove. Once frozen you can insert the yogurt popsicle into the vagina like a tampon.
Just as important as treating a yeast infection, one should address the systemic Candida problem. In order to achieve that, it is important to address your diet. To find more information refer to the anti candida diet post.
If you have chronic yeast infections and if the suggestions in this post do not help calming your yeast infection please see your doctor for more options.