Some women also used something that is better off in the kitchen: garlic.
Women Placing Garlic In Their Private Parts To Treat Yeast Infection
Rumors that the popular food ingredient can help treat yeast infections have been around for years. Despite lack of scientific evidence to back up these claims, there are people who recommend it as treatment.
Women with no medical background post YouTube videos advising other women to insert garlic into their vagina based solely on their own experiences, and one of these videos has so far racked up 2.5 million views.
In a 2014 interview with Scientific American, obstetrician–gynecologist Paul Nyirjesy of Drexel Vaginitis Center at Drexel University College of Medicine said that as many as 10 percent of his patients had tried to use garlic to cure yeast infection.
“I'm seeing patients where things haven't worked. But I can't recall a single patient who told me that she used garlic and she thought it was helpful.” Nyirjesy said.
Dangers Of Placing Garlic In Vagina
Now, gynecologist and writer Jennifer Gunter, who is known to challenge dubious medical claims, issues warning to women who think it’s a good idea to place garlic cloves in their genital.
In a series of tweets, Gunter enumerated reasons why women should not put garlic in their nether regions.
She said that using garlic to treat infection could make things worse since the root vegetable may contain bacteria from soil that can worsen pre-existing infection. She also said that garlic may trigger the vagina to grow microorganism-filled biofilm.
"Biofilms are bad. You do not want them to form especially when you have yeast," Gunter said.