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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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reeast
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
it works for me :) wear a pantyliner (or a cloth one) though.
norokrex
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
ditto this. Also be careful because it does dry you out a bit.
kateherself
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Do you know why it dries you out? And how long the dryness usually lasts?
norokrex
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..
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks!
uozlulu
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Some people I know would switch out the probiotic for a small bit of garlic clove, but yes, it will probably work.
moriah
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I think I just barfed a little
uozlulu
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's true though and it works. Wrapping some garlic in gause and putting it up in there will clear up any yeast infections problems possibly better than any pill could.
moriah
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
the idea of having a garlicky vag just makes me a little sick
purealto
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've read you can taste it in your mouth when you do it ;)
reeast
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
very true. it's insane!
indigodye
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.
imjustafacade
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
that is nuts!
lintilla
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!
uozlulu
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
The people I know that use the gause just do to make it easier to take out after using.
lintilla
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. ;)
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I've heard of this, too, and may try it - thanks!
yangming
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Using a whole clove is better than part of one, since the oils can burn.
lintilla
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Although your mileage may vary - I've never had problems with the oil burning me.
itealaich
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.
cailin_t
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, a pill won't dissolve (like a solid tablet) but a gelcap with powder inside will. :)
itealaich
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's what it was. I don't know why it didn't work so well.
prophet_maid
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.
cailin_t
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.
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Doing both now - hopefully that should take care of it. Thanks!
the_questess
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
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, we'll see how it goes!
cailin_t
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. :)
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Perfect, thanks!
ancientsong
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.
erinkathleen
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!
manycolored
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!
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks!
buzzgirl19
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??
manycolored
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!
buzzgirl19
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome, my caps are the pull-apart kind too. Did you pull it apart before inserting?
lilmoe
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.
erinkathleen
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Good advice, thanks!
the_questess
Jan. 18th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
That's what I always do, and it works great! :-D
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