12:03 pm - 06/14/2009

Using tampons to apply yogurt for yeast infection...

Hi all!

I seem to have just developed a pretty minor yeast infection.  No terrible itching, just some slight burning, that weird smell and some discharge.  I am using yogurt-smothered tampons to treat it.  I know this has probably been asked before, but how long should I leave the tampon inside before I switch it out?  Normal safe tampon usage time (~4 hrs) ?  Any help would be appreciated.  Also, would it be wise to combine the insertion of a probiotic pill with the tampon?  I was considering also using a diluted apple cider vinegar douche, but wanted to know if that would burn at all.  I had a bad experience with a garlic clove, so ths is why I ask!  Thank you so much in advance for your help! :)
fireaphid 14th-Jun-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
A lot of people do well with the "tampon soaked in yogurt" approach, but I'm one of those people who can't get over the idea of how awful it is to put something absorbent in the vagina when there's an infection causing small cuts there as well. Have you considered filling tampon applicators with yogurt, freezing those, and then inserting just the yogurt without the tampon? Then you don't even have to worry about how long to leave it in, and there won't be any risk of TSS.

It's not unreasonable to combine probiotics with yogurt treatment, but make sure the probiotic pill you used can dissolve in the vagina; most are intended for oral ingestion and only dissolve in digestive enzymes. A vinegar douche might also work, but I don't think it will help to combine it with either yogurt or probiotics, as the acid may be too strong to allow the bacteria to live. You need to dilute it sufficiently if you don't want it to burn. If you think you have a lot of little cuts, a common complication of infection, it's probably best to stick with a more soothing treatment like yogurt, rather than something more harsh like vinegar.

Lastly, are you sure it's a YI? A foul odor is usually indicative of a bacterial infection, not a fungal one, and the nature of the discharge could be a sign of either type of infection. Probiotics and yogurt are unlikely to help with a bacterial infection, but the vinegar may help with any pH imbalance. Feel better!
mica_desastre 14th-Jun-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
It's the yeasty/bread smell. Sorry, I should have been more descriptive than just "weird." Thank you! :)

brigittefires 16th-Jun-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
For yogurt application, I fill up the fingers of kitchen gloves with the yogurt, tie them off where the finger meets the palm of the glove, and freeze them. Cut off finger, remove tie and glove portion, insert and lay down. Pantyliner required, NOT optional!

ACV Douches are REALLY soothing with yeastie beasties. I prefer to douche first for soothing effect and to rinse out any yeast accumulation that I can, then insert yogurt for the evening to introduce good bacteria.
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