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I don't have a full-blown yeast infection, but I can tell I'm a bit yeasty down there and I'd like to nip it in the bud. I was plagued with recurrent yeast infections a couple of years ago, and what finally rid me of them was Gy-Na-Tren, one component of which is a vaginal capsule with boric acid & lactobacillus. I don't have any of that on hand, nor do I think I need such an agressive treatment right now, but I do have an oral probiotic (this one) that I'm considering using vaginally. Does anyone know if that's a bad idea? I've tried googling, but haven't come up with anything close to an answer. Thanks for any help you can offer!


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Jan. 17th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
it works for me :) wear a pantyliner (or a cloth one) though.
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
ditto this. Also be careful because it does dry you out a bit.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Do you know why it dries you out? And how long the dryness usually lasts?
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
because most of the time its a powder in the capsuls and tha will absorb liquid. It usually doesn't last that long and for me its not bad enough to be a big bother..
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks!
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Jan. 17th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I think I just barfed a little
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Jan. 17th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
the idea of having a garlicky vag just makes me a little sick
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've read you can taste it in your mouth when you do it ;)
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
very true. it's insane!
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
You think that's weird? As SOON as you pop that clove of garlic up there, you get garlic breath.

Tru fax.
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
that is nuts!
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I don't even use gauze. And it works, so I don't care. I much prefer garlic vag to nasty yeast vag or nasty yeast infection cream vag!
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Jan. 18th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
In my experience, it's not that hard to get it out without gauze/dental floss (I'm still not sure how anyone can tie a piece of dental floss around a garlic clove, but whatev). I accidentally pushed it too high when trying to remove once... but all it took was jumping up and down a bit and taking a crap. ;)
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I've heard of this, too, and may try it - thanks!
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Using a whole clove is better than part of one, since the oils can burn.
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Although your mileage may vary - I've never had problems with the oil burning me.
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
It's a good idea, but it didn't work for me...apparently I didn't have enough fluids going on in mah bits to dissolve the pill entirely. Do wear a pantyliner because it's going to make a mess.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, a pill won't dissolve (like a solid tablet) but a gelcap with powder inside will. :)
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's what it was. I don't know why it didn't work so well.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I've had the opposite, actually. The solid pill would dissolve for me, but the gelcap didn't. Maybe it was the type of gelcap?

To the OP, any time I feel itchy down there (like YI itchy, not minor annoyance itchy), I take a probiotic orally. The itch stops, end of story. I've tried the vaginal route before with less results than orally.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
nothing natural has ever worked for me. i'm still very wary of taking an oral medication like diflucan (though it has worked for me with no side effects in the past, i'm just not comfy with a systematic cure for a very specific issue), the only thing that works for me in monistat suppositories.
Jan. 17th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Doing both now - hopefully that should take care of it. Thanks!
Jan. 18th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
That could be. If you have the type of probiotics that are designed to pass through the stomach. My guess is they're not going to dissolve very well in the vagina if they are designed not to in the stomach! :-D
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, we'll see how it goes!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
look in the memories/tags of vaginapagina for TONS of information on this topic, but yes, you're fine to do what you're planning to. :)
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Perfect, thanks!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
You didn't ask this specifically but here goes. If you happen to have any non-flavored (plain) yogurt and a plastic syringe, just mix the yogurt with water in a one to one ratio and insert using the plastic syringe.

I don't have yeast infections often but the second one starts developing, I just do this little cleaning and I'm fine almost instantaneously.
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've heard that works, too, but I have neither yogurt nor a syringe - and too much to do today to deal with the mess I imagine! I'll keep it in mind, though, thanks!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Works like a charm. I haven't had a yeastie since I started doing this every month after my period is over. I used to get them almost every month!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks!
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I have also experienced the plague of monthly yeast infections. Using my menstrual cup has actually really helped, but I scored another one this month after four months of freedom.

So a new method sounds good. Do you just pop the whole pill up there, or do you open it and mix the contents into some yoghurt and then put it in...? Will the capsule dissolve??
Jan. 18th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I put the whole capsule up there. It dissolves pretty quickly. It's one of those two-piece capsules that you can pull apart, not a gel cap. Those seem to have a thicker shell, so I don't know how they would work.

I tried mixing it with some aloe vera gel, but it was really messy!
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome, my caps are the pull-apart kind too. Did you pull it apart before inserting?
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I've done it and it worked. My suggestion is to do it before bed to ensure it stays up there and you get a dose.
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Good advice, thanks!
Jan. 18th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
That's what I always do, and it works great! :-D
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