Best Yogurt to Eat for BV
I’ve had a few women ask me what kind of yogurt they should use to help them treat their BV. It’s a very legitimate question since there is a lot of advice online regarding the use of yogurt to treat BV but very little information on the type of yogurt that works best and how to use it properly.
First off, to ensure best results, you want to make sure that you choose a plain, all-natural and unpasteurized yogurt which contains a very high level of live lactobacillus acidophilus. Such “culture rich” yogurt not only helps to stop the growth of harmful bacteria and restores vaginal balance but it has also been shown to boost the immune system which can help prevent the return of BV.
The yogurt brand doesn’t much matter as long as the yogurt contains live cultures. The phrase, “live and active cultures” will be written on the ingredient list or elsewhere on the label. The higher the number of live cultures, the better. If you live in the US, look for a yogurt which displays the “Live and Active Cultures” seal which is a designation of the National Yogurt Association. The best place to find these types of yogurts is your local natural or health foods store.
After you get a good yogurt, you can treat yourself in one of three ways:
- Eating the yogurt
- Soaking a tampon in yogurt and inserting it in your vagina
- Filling a vaginal applicator with yogurt and inserting it into your vagina
Eating yogurt is effective in treating BV because the helpful cultures colonize in your stomach and intestinal tract and then travel to other parts of the body, including the vagina. Once the active cultures reach your vagina, they help to kill of the harmful bacteria and restore the vagina’s natural balance.
To use the tampon treatment method, simply soak a tampon in the yogurt for ten minutes and insert it directly into into your vagina. It should be left in for a minimum of two hours and I personally recommend that it be left in overnight. Repeating this process from time to time in addition to other natural BV cures should provide good results.
The third method – using a vaginal applicator – is excellent because of the amount of yogurt that directly reaches the vaginal cavity but it can also be a messy solution because gravity tends to cause the yogurt to leak out, particularly if you stand up. Therefore, I would only recommend this method at bedtime as an overnight treatment. I also recommend that you use a thicker panty liner in order to help catch any yogurt that leaks out while you are sleeping.
If you’ve had any personal experience using yogurt to treat BV, please leave a comment or visit my BV forum to share your story with everyone!Google+