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A male asked:

if i get reoccurent yeast infections, can i use yogurt to treat or prevent this? either vaginally or by eating it?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Eating the : Yogurt can be a great help in recolonizing your gut with good bugs and therefore be of some benefit. The alternative route doesn't sound promising to me.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Although I know of no data to support it, there are some doctors who feel that using unpasteurized yogurt to change the vaginal microflora can be helpful.
Mar 4, 2013

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can yogurt rid/prevent yeast infections?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Maybe yes, maybe not: The average yogurt in your grocery store has dead cultures. A yogurt with live cultures may be helpful.Natural approaches to yeast infections: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. If you have a yeast infection avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented).>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
soaping up. 7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely, not ones that hug the crotch. 8. Change out of wet swim suits or dampened exercise clothes promptly. 9. Avoid hot tubs & hot soaking baths (opt for showers instead). 10. Always wipe anterior to posterior (urination or defecation). 11. Insure there is adequate lubrication for sexual intercourse. 12. Supplement with probiotics while on antibiotics & for at least 4 weeks afterwards. 13. Reduce junk sugar in your diet. 14. Consider eating yogurt with live cultures or Kefir. 15. Yogurt with live cultures can be placed in the vagina (some say it helps but there is not clear research to back claims currently).
Apr 25, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

They say if you eat yogurt, it helps get rid of yeast infections. Can it be any type of yogurt?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Better used as: a preventive. Eat yogurt or drink Kefir with LIVE Cultures.

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