WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A doctor has posted a warning in social media urging women to stop inserting garlic cloves into their vagina.
- According to reports, some women are putting garlic in their private parts to help cure yeast infection.
- But, Dr. Jennifer Gunter, a gynecologist, explains that garlic may have antifungal properties but there could be danger in putting garlic inside the vagina.
It’s 2019, but there are still people who believe that all illnesses can be cured using natural remedies. Doctors have already issued warnings to women not to put bath bombs, parsley and cucumber in their private parts, and now a warning has been issued again.
This time it’s about women inserting garlic into their vaginas in the belief that it could heal a yeast infection. Apparently, some women are doing it and swear by its effectiveness.
Gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Gunter has issued a public message to all women — STOP doing it.
The Vagina Bible author explained why it’s a terrible idea to do the “garlic in vagina thing.”
“Why you should not put garlic in your vagina. A thread,” her message reads.
“Garlic contains allicin, in THE LAB it MAY have antifungal (i.e. anti yeast) properties. This is in a lab, not even in mice. Just a dish of cells. Your vagina is not a dish of cells,” the gynecologist wrote.
The sexpert continued: “Lots of vaginal garlic aficionados (I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO TWEET THAT IN 2019, BUT HERE WE ARE) recommend inserting a clove. This means they don’t understand for allicin to be released garlic has to be cut or crushed. Sigh.
Garlic could have bacteria from the soil, according to Dr. Gunter. The bacteria from the soil can be pathogenic, meaning it can cause harm to the body and develop diseases.
“If you actually happen to have an inflamed yeasty vagina, that soil bacteria would be more likely to infect,” the author warned.
Among the other potential dangers garlic can bring, the doctor made a list including biofilms and pain when the garlic comes in contact with raw tissues in the vagina.
The doctor also claims that most women (around 50-70 percent) who self-treat for a vaginal yeast infection, may never even had one in the first place, “so you may be causing yourself unnecessary damage.”
“The placebo effect is strong,” Dr. Gunter said. “If you think vaginal garlic is going to make you feel better, you may very well feel better temporarily.
The doctor’s advice: Do not take medical advice from anyone recommending vaginal garlic for yeast or anything else.”