12:25 am - 02/11/2012

Acidophilus Pills Vaginally?

Hi VP,

I have shelf stable drug store brand acidophilus pills. Can I insert them vaginally and sprinkle them on my vulva to help combat my raging yeast beast?

I can't take diflucan until I am done with my antibiotics (I had strep throat)>

Thanks,
rocks_in_riots
paperdolls_tear 11th-Feb-2012 05:31 am (UTC)
I've only ever heard of them being taken orally- I don't think they'd have the same effect down there. E oral acidollphillius can help with a YI, they typically are taken along with antibiotics to help keep good bacteria in the digestive tract. You might want to consider some of the yogurt suggestions?
rocks_in_riots Yogurt11th-Feb-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh BTW I forgot to mention that yogurt makes me want to vomit. I have never liked the stuff unless it is packed with sugar and fruit.
patchworkorange Re: Yogurt11th-Feb-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Insert unsweetened yogurt vaginally and put it on your vulva. It's very soothing and will introduce the acidophilus that way too.

You can insert oral capsules, or try boric acid capsules.
rocks_in_riots Re: Yogurt11th-Feb-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I am now acidophilusized!
nickelshoe Re: Yogurt11th-Feb-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've tried this, but you can use unsweetened yogurt as a dip much like sour cream. It's pretty good on chips.
dkwgdk Re: Yogurt11th-Feb-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh....sometimes before Manfriend goes to eat yogurt at my house he'll hold it up and say "Hon, were you planning on putting this in your vadge? 'cause I don't want to it eat if you were."

Also, yogurt+cucumber + garlic + dill = tzatziki = YUM.
poppleshatesyou 11th-Feb-2012 07:14 am (UTC)
Acidophilus is actually the component to yogurt that makes it an effective YI treatment. You can definitely insert acidophilus pills vaginally, while it is certainly helpful to take them orally, the good bacteria is equally as beneficially if applied directly.

ETA: If you haven't already, check out the Yeast Infection article from the Vulvapedia. This portion in particular talks about Acidophilus and other at-home-methods for re-balancing your vaginal PH. You can also read more about Acidophilus/Probitoics here.

Edited at 2012-02-11 08:36 pm (UTC)
kate_mct 11th-Feb-2012 08:01 am (UTC)
Uhm, what the heck are acidophilus pills and why would you want to insert them vaginally?
scarletdulcinea 11th-Feb-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Acidophilus is a healthy bacteria that naturally lives in your gut, and in your vagina. Unhealthy bacterial imbalances in the vagina [exacerbated by taking antibiotics, which don't discriminate between good and bad bacteria] can contribute to the rise of candida - yeast. As you can see, the OP references having a yeast infection. She is trying to treat it with probiotics since she can't take diflucan [an anti-fungal] until she is done with her antibiotic course for her sore throat.
patchworkorange 11th-Feb-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Acidophilus is the good bacteria found in vagina, and belly. It keeps our vaginas in good health regarding yeast and the bacterias that cause Bacterial Vaginosis.

Anytime you have an infection, it's good to pump up the good as part of your treatment plan.
poppleshatesyou 11th-Feb-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
You can also read all about Acidophilus/Probitoics here and for more information about why you'd insert them vaginally to help treat a yeast infection, check out the Yeast Infection article from the Vulvapedia.
knittinggoddess 11th-Feb-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't found probiotics to be successful YI treatments on their own. Pairing it with garlic or reacidification (boric acid or apple cider vinegar) may be more effective for you. Check out the vulvapedia!
chipie 11th-Feb-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
I've used acidophilus capsules inserted vaginally to get rid of yeast infections before. It doesn't work every time for me, but it's definitely worth trying! I would take some of the capsules orally as well.

Perhaps check if there's no sugar in them first? I'm not sure if there ever is, but it doesn't hurt to check.

And I agree with the boric acid suggestion, if the acidophilus doesn't work.
rocks_in_riots It worked!13th-Feb-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
I just wanted to post a follow-up to my original post. I inserted two capsules of Duane Reade brand acidophilus vaginally overnight. They are actually not very good pills I have learned, since they only have 100 million per capsule. I also cut open a capsule and sprinkled it on my vulva.

I was scared at first because I noticed after I had sprinkled my vulva that the contents were kind of sandy. I was afraid of micro-abrasions. I did notice almost immediate relief though.

In the morning when I went to shower I noticed a sandy clump at my vaginal opening and decided to feel inside my vagina to see if things had dissolved. They had not and I had a big fucking sandy clump of acidophilus capsule innards hanging around my cervix. I got out as much as I could.

Later that day I noticed my lack of itching and burning. The next day I would like to say that crazy, clumpy, sandy stuff cured my YI!

:)
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